Durbarmarg with Narayanhiti Palace visible in background.
Durbar Marg or Durbarmarg (Nepali: दरबारमार्ग; informally known as King's way) is a broad, long avenue in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu. It can be considered the heart of the city, akin to the Champs Elysées and the chief avenues of many capitals. As it leads to the Royal Palace of Narayanhiti, it is also known the King's Way among foreigners, Durbar meaning, as in the Moghul Empire, a royal gathering or court. It is a major tourist draw, vying with Thamel. It is flanked by luxury hotels (e.g. Hotel Del' Annapurna), restaurants serving international cuisine, global shopping brand outlets in refined centres including expensive boutiques, travel agencies, a couple of embassies and commercial banking headquarters and premium real estate such as international airline offices.
A statue of King Mahendra, father of King Birendra stands in the center of the roundabout at the junction of Durbarmarg with Jamal maintained by Hotel Del' Annapurna. The ancient settlement of Jamal was a victim of the Ranas' enthusiasm for building. The rulers seized land from farmers and monasteries, demolishing an old bahal to make way for the new road. The bahal, one time abode of the White (Sveta) Matsyendranath, stood where the god's image had been found in a field, an event commemorated every year at the Jana Baha Dyah Jatra. Sveta Matsyendranath chariot is assembled and driven three times round the spot over which the statue of King Mahendra now presides. Also on Durbar Marg, the greater part of which was built during the Rana era, are the campus of Tri-Chandra College and a mosque used by the valley's Muslim minority.
Recently, the Royal Palace was turned into a public museum immediately after the country was declared a republic. Few years back there has been a recent upsurge in the construction activities in the region. Durbarmarg is a central junction for the road connecting Lazimpat and Thamel, Bhat-Bhateni and Baluwatar, New Road and Asan and Putali Sadak and Kamaladi. Durbar Marg is one of the most well maintained and cleanest places in the Kathmandu valley, and a green belt has been created in the side way. Narayanhiti Palace Museum, luxury hotels, shopping malls, discos, pubs and famous branded showroom's have been a special feature of Durbar Marg.
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- Little Italy
- Nanglo Bakery Cafe and HotBread
- Italian Pizza and Ice Cream
- Wimpys Kings Burger Pvt. Ltd.
- Pizza Hut
Banks and offices
- Kumari Bank Limited
- Nepal Investment Bank
- State Bank of India (SBI)
- Kist Bank
- Nabil Bank
- Thai Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Mega Bank Nepal Limited
Shopping centers and shopping stores
- Sherpa Mall
- Square Mall
- Woodland Complex
- Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Nike, US Polo Assn, Arrow .
- Eighteen shop, Big Apple, Bentley.
- Brand stores: Zara, Benetton, Levi's, Van Heusen, Giordano, Lee Cooper etc.
- EvoStore: Apple, Bose, JBL, Incase, Speck
Art galleries and furniture
- Curio Concern
- The Curio Gallery
- Melange Home Incentives
- Antique House of Khanal & Sons
- Archies Gallery, Durbarmarg
Clubs and bars
- Club Platinum