Bhaktapur in Brief:
It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley which was once the Capital of Nepal during Malla Kingdom in 12th to 15th century. Bhaktapur is a seven square miles of land situated at an altitude of 1,401 meters has one of the world’s most unique traditional in arts and architectures. And ancient pottery and weaving methods are it was. Rich local customs and culture of the people in Bhaktapur are also the main attractions for tourists visiting this region. If you can’t hire a guide, no worries. Just pick up a map to explore city on your own.
Things to Do
Many locations here provide you with a rare opportunity to learn about the ancient culture arts and crafts which are reflected in temples, buildings and structures throughout the Bhaktapur city.
Tourists visiting the city also take the time to relax and observe other interesting happenings in the city such as children’s playing outside their home and in temple yards, busy and color-full open markets, women’s making clay-pots, weaving, and sun-drying crops and vegetable products.
Places to Visit
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
One of the world heritage sites found in the country which reflects the city’s rich culture, art and architectural design and it is also the central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts. The golden gate is the entrance to the main Palace of 55 windows, the gate is regarded as the world’s most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind.
This temple is 30 meter tall, and is the tallest temple in the Kathmandu valley. It was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 AD. Each of its five terrace holds a pair of figures, starting from bottom wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses.
Bhaktapur National Art Gallery
Located near the Bhaktapur Durbar Square offers visitors with opportunity to see up close – the Rare paintings, history of Nepalese Arts, crafts, and manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations can be found in this museum. Art Gallery is rather a museum of it’s own which also offers brass, bronze, stone and wooden images, gallery is explored by tourists for medieval art tradition of Nepal.
Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur
Built as a one-story pagoda during the reign of King Jagat Jyoti Malla, later changed into a three-story temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav – the god of Terror.
Built in 1427 AD, the temple is said to have been built from a single tree. A Monastery having exquisitely carved peacock windows is located near the temple.
Bhaktapur is located at 14 km east of Kathmandu and can be reached by public transport. A day-trip to Bhaktapur is a popular tourist itinerary, so make it yours soon. If you are on a holiday to Kathmandu, add a day of tour to this city to make your holiday richer.
Notes and Facts
- Population – Bhaktapur has about 400,000
- For tourists, one word says all about Bhaktapur – City of Arts
- No tourist leaves the city without a gift made by artists living in the city.
- Many locations here provide rare opportunity for learning about the ancient culture, arts and crafts
- Bhaktapur is also known by woodcarving artists
- Bhaktapur made cap is popular in the country – It’s called Bhadgaon Topi.
- City’s yogurt and yogurt products are popular – Original Bhaktapur Dahi (Curd/Yogurt) is always the most popular curd in the capital.
- Prepare to lose time while strolling at Durbar Square
- Do not visit the city without a camera!
How to get to Bhaktapur ?
From Kathmandu, take a taxi or a bus or ride a bike. Ride should not cost more than Rs 300 for a taxi or Rs 10 for a public bus that leaves from Bagbazaar Bus Station. By taxi you will arrive in Bhaktapur in about 20 minutes, and about 30 minutes by public bus. You can also ride a motorbike to get to the city in less than 30 minutes from major locations such as Thamel in Kathmandu.