Bhaktapur lies in the Kathmandu valley, about 20 kilometres from Kathmandu. Once it was one of the three kingdoms of Kathmandu valley, today it is a very much alive heritage city.
In the narrow streets surrounding Bhaktapur’s ancient squares you can see traditional life going on as it has done for so long. Agriculture and handicraft are still major industries in Bhaktapur, and so farmers turning their harvest laid out to dry on the streets, or skilled potters turning their wheels are not a rare sight.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kathmandu Valley. The city centre, with three ancient squares, is well preserved, and most buildings date back to the 1700s. Only little traffic is allowed into the centre, and imagination lets history come alive inmidst those magnificent buildings.
You will be speechless at the sight of the many elaborate woodcarvings on buildings, such as the Peacock Window, which is said to be the most beautiful window carving in Kathmandu valley. Nepal’s highest Pagoda temple can be found in Bhaktapur, it towers five stories high above the town.
Our insiders’ tip: Stay overnight in Bhaktapur, to experience the atmosphere change after the day tourists have left in the evening and enjoy a stroll through the now much quieter streets at dusk.
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