Bhaktapur, the word literally translates to the city of devotees also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14Km east corner of kathmandu city. It is popular as the â€˜City of Cultureâ€™, the â€˜Living Heritageâ€™, and â€˜Nepalâ€™s Cultural Gemâ€™. It is an ancient Newar city place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4600 ft. above sea level. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great â€˜Malla Kingdomâ€™ until the second half of the 15th century. Today it is the third largest city in the Kathmandu Valley, with a population of more than 80,000, of which the vast majority are still Newars.
Historically more isolated than the other two kingdoms, Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language. This temple, which was also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of the Pagoda style and stands on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures, famous strong men, elephants, lions, griffins and goddesses. Bhaktapur has the best preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. The city is famous for special type of curd called â€œJu Ju(king) dhau(curd).
Time permitting, a visit to the museum of Thanka painting can also be considered. A 30 minute walk brings you to the Dattatraya temple and Pujari Math which can also be done provided there is plenty of time at the clients disposal. Either way a trip to Nepal would not be complete without visiting this magnificent ancient city filled with many things to see and do as well as collecting historical moments.
Places of interest:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: one of the largest ancient squares in Nepal filled to the brim with temples, cultural carvings and buildings
Basantapur Chowk: two famous sculptures that cost a man his hands
The Palace of Fifty-five Windows: a masterpiece of wood carving
The Golden Gate: one of the most intricate and well decorated gates in the world
Pashupatinath Temple: impressive wooden temple
Vatsala Durga Temple & Taleju Bell: Stone temple with bell built by King Jagat Prakash Malla
Siddhi Laxmi Temple: A stone temple built in the 17th-century Pottery Square: Watch Bhaktapurâ€™s famous pottery as itâ€™s made in this idyllic traditional square filled with potters and their wares.
Royal Curd: Take a time out and eat some of Bhaktapurâ€™s famous curd Side streets of Bhaktapur: Spend hours wandering off down the side streets of the city enjoying local handicraft stores, artisans, local cafes and countless ancient buildings
Nyatapola Temple in Taumadhi Square: with a five-tier roof and an ornate exterior stone staircase the Nyatapola Temple is one of the tallest in all Nepal.
Dattatreya Temple in Dattatreya Square: Smaller but much revered three-tier temple.
The Peacock Window: One of Nepalâ€™s most precious woodcarvings and national art treasures â€“ there are several craft stores along the same street worth visiting.