Adolf Hitler’s Gift At Nepal’s Narayanhity Palace
In May 2008 Nepal (world’s youngest Republic that shares its borders with India and China) abolished monarchy, and King Gyanendra was given 15 days to leave the palace. A fortnight later the ex-king and his wife left Narayanhity Palace, thus ending 240-year-long Shah dynasty.
The palace is now a museum and has so far attracted over 36,000 visitors in the capital city of Kathmandu.
(The former king Gyanendra’s stepmother Queen Mother Ratna, and his grandfather’s 94-year-old concubine Sarala Gorkhali, were allowed to live on in their homes within the compound of the palace, in a fenced-off area. See here…)
Recently, The Economist‘s correspondent took a tour of the palace: “With more royal trophies to go on display—including the crown jewels and a Daimler-Benz car given to Gyanendra’s grandfather by Hitler—the museum will improve.
“For now, its biggest draw is a patch of levelled ground beside the main palace. It is the site of a building, demolished by Gyanendra, where in 2001 his nephew, Crown Prince Dipendra, massacred his parents, the king and queen, and eight other relations.
“Helpful signs shows where each royal was killed. Beside a small pond, near where Dipendra shot his mother, Queen Aiswarya, then himself, bullet-holes are still visible.” More here…
Meanwhile Nepal’s Maoist prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, or “Prachanda” (fierce), recently said that “running a country was harder than running a guerrilla war.“More here…