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PM Oli inaugurates historic Dharahara tower

The Nepal Weekly
May 4, 2021

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Saturday inaugurated the newly reconstructed historic Dharahara
tower amid special function in Kathmandu as Nepal marked the 6th anniversary of 2015 Earthquake.
After unveiling the stone inscription at the Dharahara, PM Oli climbed up to the balcony on the 20th floor
from where he showered flowers declaring open the tower to the general public . The newly built
Dharahara provides spectacular panoramic view of Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
The tower stands around 84 meters tall with 22 storeys. Nepal’s first Prime Minister Bhimsen Thapa had
built the tower two and a half century ago as per the orders of then Queen Lalit Tripura Sundari. The 11
storied tower had a spiral staircase inside containing 113 steps. The old Dharahara was built in

traditional way by using mud, bricks and wood while the newly built Dharahara is made of concrete, iron
and cement using modern technology.
The iconic Dharahara was first built by Prime Minister Bhimsen Thapa in 1824. Actually , there were two
such towers built by Prime Minister Thapa at that time, one built in 1824 and the second one built eight
years later. During the great earthquake of 1834, one of the towers suffered severe damage. 110 years
later, on January 15, 1934, another earthquake caused the remaining tower to be completely destroyed.
Then prime minister of Nepal Juddha Shumsher, renovated Dharahara to its previous form.
The foundation stone of the new Dharahara was laid by PM Oli himself in December 2019. The new
Dharahara has been built in the same architectural style as the old one but with a larger diameter an by
using modern technology. The new Dharahara also has two elevators along with the traditional stairs
leading up to the top floor. A garden, museum, colorful fountain, exhibition hall, underground parking and
shopping complex would also be built on its premises. The total estimated cost of the newly built
Dharahara is Rs 3.5 billion.