“city of devotes in the harmony of modern and ancient culture and traditional custom”
Tour of Bhaktapur takes you to fascinating medieval era city with touch of modernization which is just 14 k.m. distance east of Kathmandu, an interesting historical place with ancient monuments and religious sites, where our expert city guide will leads you with full information of this wonderful ancient city of Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur with its old name ‘Bhad Gaon’ means a city of Devotes; the city still retains its past glorious as it was hundreds of centuries with its color culture and custom still in practice in daily life.
Tour of Bhaktapur and its important Heritage Sites lasts for few hours within its cultural and historical facts of great interest.
Places to visit in Bhaktapur:
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
One of the world best Nepal heritage sites reflecting the city’s rich culture, art and architectural design, it is also the central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts.
Famous golden gate entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 windows; the gate is regarded as the world’s most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind.
Bhaktapur Nytapola Temple:
Highlights of Bhaktapur and landmark Nytapola Temple, meaning 5 storied temple of 30 meter high, tallest temple of Kathmandu valley.
It was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 AD. Each of its five terraces holds a pair of figures, starting from bottom wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses.
The Bhaktapur National Art Gallery:
Located within Bhaktapur Durbar Square treasures rare paintings and manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations are found in this museum. Gallery contains brass, bronze, stone and wooden images of medieval art tradition of Nepal. Gallery is closed on Thursday and public holidays.
Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur:
Originally built as one-story pagoda during King Jagat Jyoti Malla period, later changed into a three-storey temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairab – the god of Terror.
Built in 1427 AD, the temple is said to have been built from a single tree visit a monastery having exquisitely carved peacock windows located near the temple area.
Pottery square and market:
Around Bhaktapur there are two main pottery area, the first pottery square is at Suryamadhi east from Dattarya temple square, it is the oldest pottery square, another pottery place leads south from the Nytapola square at Talako’s Potter’s Square walking along interesting markets side streets the pottery is in full blaze, the wide open brick courtyard with a mix of small grey and brownish red clay pots, where each pot is examined by hand before being turned to face the sun at new angle or dipped into a bucket of colored water.
Observe the craftsman on wheels shaping the clay in a finely tuned system of human pottery rotation from past centuries of old tradition.