Kathmandu: The United States has provided
USD 900,000 to Nepal to carry out restoration work at Patan
Royal Palace, a major tourist attraction of the country.
The US Embassy officials today handed over the cheque to
the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust representatives.
The grant, provided under the US Ambassador Cultural
Preservation Large Grants Programme Fund, will be utilised to
restore the old Patan Royal Palace in Lalitpur district, US
embassy said in a statement.
According to the US Embassy the project is one of three
worldwide to receive funding from this prestigious, highly
competitive programme in 2009.
Patan Royal Palace is one of the South Asia`s finest and
most intact historical urban royal ensembles dating back to
17th and 18th century.
The US State Department had invited only 16 countries
world-wide, including Nepal, to submit proposals for
large-scale partnership-based cultural preservation projects
at sites of global significance.