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.
Bhaktapur treks and tours
56 days for £782 per person
Make your time abroad worthwhile by volunteering in local communities. This programme offers the possibility to teach English in a Nepalese school. You will be prepared with some lessons on culture and language, and stay with the principal’s family to experience Nepali family life. click to view details
56 days for £1374 per person
This tour gives you the opportunity to live in small communities in Nepal. According to your own skills you will help families in need, work in a local school or participate in other small scale projects. You will take part in your host family’s daily life and experience Nepali culture. click to view details
19 days for £979 per person
This journey will take you to the highlights of Nepal. You will be spoilt with spectacular sunset views in one of the greatest settings on Earth. Take some days to explore the wildlife at Chitwan National Park. This could be your perfect honeymoon package. click to view details
30 days for £1027 per person
See the sights of Kathmandu and Pokhara and go on exciting safari in Chitwan National Park. Then spend two weeks at an orphanage in Nepal to help with teaching, daily chores and make friends with the children. click to view details
15 days for £1237 per person
This holiday will take you to the highlights of Nepal and also give you insight to village life in the country. You will visit Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara and several small, traditional villages to meet locals. You have the opportunity to go on a mountain flight to enjoy the Himalayan peaks from the air. click to view details
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