Basantapur is located at the heart of Kathmandu. It houses a huge nine-storeyBasantapur Tower that provides a great view of the palace, the city and even the Himalaya Mountains on a clear day. The struts on the facade of the tower, especially those facing Basantapur Tower have erotic carvings on them. Basantapur means “place of Spring,” and refers to Kathmandu.

In the Basntapur durbar square you can also visit; the GaddhiBaithak, a European style building, built in 1908 by the Ranas. Hanuman Dhoka Museum (Tribhuwan Museum), celebrates King Tribhuwan& his successful revolt against the Rana regime, along with memorials to King Mahendra&Birendra.  A stone inscription, written to goddess Kalika in 15 languages including 1 French word by King PratapMalla in 1664. Kala (black) Bhairab statue with six arms & a terrifying face looking towards north, next to Jagannath Temple, was said to have been brought by PratapMalla from the Nagarjuna forest area. It is also believed that in earlier times, if people stood in front of this image and told lies, they would vomit blood and bring upon them an instant death.