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Bhaktapur city another marvelous place to visit while you have time in Kathmandu, located east of the capital Kathmandu and Patan / Lalitpur city a short drive of less than hour to reach Bhaktapur city.
Bhaktapur at one time was a capital city and hub of Nepal during the time of Malla kingdom regime, where you can observe the ancient sites within the royal courtyard around Bhaktapur.
When you enter the city where you feel that you are back in medvial time era surrounded by old magnificent building with great work of arts and crafts, where the name Bhaktapur means a city of Devotees.
Bhaktapur apart from other main cities of Kathmandu and Patan quite different where you will be engrossed with fascinating tour around visiting lovely old sites and ancient king palace courtyard with countless of great pagoda style buildings.
For Full Day Tour (from 9 a.m. to 03 p.m. with short drive and walks) Places of interest around Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Famous world top Heritage Sites reflecting city rich culture a great masterpiece of arts and architectural design, also a central setting of the city for architectural monuments and arts.
Visit its famous golden gate at the main courtyard of the Palace lined with 55 beautiful carved windows; the golden gate regarded as world’s most beautiful and richly carved of its kind.
The main highlight of Bhaktapur as well a landmark of the city an old and beautiful Nyatapol Temple, means five storied temple at 30 meter high, tallest temple within Kathmandu valley, built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1,708 AD.
Each of its five terraces holds pair of figures, starting from the bottom with wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses.
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.
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.
Nepal oldest temple of Changunarayan, perched on a hill-top above Bhaktapur which is also called as Changu or Dolagiri.
The temple complex and its small quaint town surrounded with forest of champak trees a mere distance north of Bhaktapur.
Changunarayan Temple dedicated to Hindu god Lord Vishnu, this temple considered as the oldest one in Nepal. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th to 12th century of excellent Nepalese art.