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Bhaktapur Travel Guide - Attractions, Hotels, Transfer, Maps

Bhaktapur, also called Bhadgaon or Khwopa (Newari name), is located in the eastern corner of Kathmandu Valley, about 14km away from Kathmandu. Together with Kathmandu and Patan, it is one of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley as well as one of must-be-visited tourist destinations in Nepal. Devoid of the traffic and pollution makes Bhaktapur a more popular place for a comfortable walking. Though the 2015 earthquake caused terrible devastation in Nepal, but only a few temples in Bhaktapur were destroyed and many traditional buildings survived.

Bhaktapur – Birthplace of Medieval Architectures and Art

Generally, Bhaktapur attracts tourist with its charming architectures and traditional arts. As one medieval city-state, it enjoys time-honored and well-preserved artworks including palaces, temples, yards etc. The brick-red is the dominant hue of the ancient city of Bhaktapur. The old red bricks, chestnut woodcarvings, dense temples and brick stupas show the featured style of Bhakatpur. From Bahaktapur, you are able to take a glimpse of the architectures in Mid Ages. Bhaktapur is a recommended place for wandering around. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. You will also suck in the unique local culture atmosphere. Craftsman paint colorful clothes, square are full of earthen pots and kilns, locals gather together to talk and play card games...

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Top Bhaktapur Attractions

When it comes to sightseeing, Bhaktapur will be proud to display its great attractions, like medieval square studded with temples, the narrow streets stretching between brick houses, the hidden courtyards with temples, statues, and wells. No matter a short glimpse or a deep exploration of Bhaktpur will make your trip meaningful. Check the small part of a large amount of attractions in Bhaktapur, and feel free to contact us if you want a tour with any one of them.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the most outstanding architectural showpieces of Kathmandu Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. In spite of several damages, it is well-preserved. The golden effigies of the kings perched on the top of stone monoliths, the guardian deities looking out from their sanctuaries, the wood carvings in every place- struts, lintels, uprights, tympanums, gateways and windows- all seem to form a well-orchestrated symphony.

Nyatapola Temple

Type: Architecture

Recommended Length of Visit: 30~60 mins

Before reaching Taumadhi Square, you will see the towering rooftop of Nyatapola Temple with five floors. Nyatapola Temple is the largest Hindu Temple in Nepal, dedicated to the goddess Siddhilakshmi. Built in 1702 A.D under the rule of King Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapola Temple is perfectly proportioned and the construction was so sturdy that the earthquakes only damaged the very tip of the building. While climbing the steps in the temple, you will see many statues on every step.

Taumadhi Square

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr

Located in southwest of Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square is the second largest square in Bhaktapur. The Nyatpol Temple is its landmark. It was built in 1702 to worship the Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is the tallest pagoda in Nepal with 5 stories. It is a strong and firm, and remained well from the earthquakes in 1934 and 2015. The Bhairavnath Temple is another famous attraction in Taumadhi Square. It houses a gilded bust of the terrifying Bhairav.

55 Window Palace & Golden Gate

Type: Royal Palace

Recommended Length of Visit: 30~45 mins

The Golden Gate is the entrance to 55-Window Palace, an ornate art of Repoussé metalwork. Step into Golden Gate, you will see the famous 55-Window Palace. Housed in Bhatakpur Durbar Square, the 55 window palace was under the riegn of King Yaksha Malla and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla. It is featured in gracious setting and sculptural with wood-carved windows, doors and houses. It is well-known as one of the oldest monument in Nepal at present.

Dattatreya Square

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr

Dattatreya Square is surrounded by many red-brick buildings. It lays famous Hindu temples, such as Dattatreya Temple, Pujari Math, etc. Compare to othertwo square, Dattatreya Square is much more peaceful. And you can find many ancient relics there. Locals believe that Dattatreya Templ was constructed from a single tree. Several large sculptures and statues are placed at the entrance of temple. During the Mohani Festival, Dattatreya Temple celebrates this special day.

Potters’ Square

Type: Square, Handicraft

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr

Potters’ Square is not cherished square full of cultural sites, but if you are interested in the process of making ceramic spot, visit the square for a wander. The potters work with their wooden wheels to give various sizes and shape to the clay, then later it would be burned in a traditional oven, then moved and covered with ashes until it cooled down. There are also many interesting completed articles for sale, like clay pots, charms, incense holders etc. You can buy some as souvenirs.

Useful Nepal Travel Notes

  • 1. How to Plan Nepal Travel
    Usually, tourists take about 4~15 days to have a classic Nepal tour. Most of them start their Nepal tour from the capital city – Kathmandu. Four days are recommended to explore the highlights of Kathmandu Valley. Then, you can extend your tour to a deep nature or culture exploration. One more day allows you to have a great view of Mount Everest in Nagarkot. With 2~3 more days, you can turn to Bhaktapur for the picturesque natural landscape or Chitwan National park for the great wildlife adventure – both of them are recommended. If you are interested in Buddhist culture, Lumbini – the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, can’t be missed. You are suggested to spend 9 days to have a full Buddhist tour from Kathmandu Valley to Dhulikhel, Lumbin, Bharktapur, and Pharping. If you want to stretch your legs, a 9 days Poon Hill Trekking will be amazing. In fact, many tourists choose to have a tour combining Nepal and Tibet. After you Nepal Tour, you can get to Tibet through Gyirong Airport which was newly open to foreign travelers in 2017. After that, you can drive to Mount Everest, Mount Kailash or Lhasa. It is also available to take a nonstop flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu.
  • 2. What to Pack
    For foreign travelers to Nepal, documents – valid passport and Nepal Visa are the most important to pack. Then, you are suggested to take a large backpack for big luggage and a smaller bag for valuables. Traveling in Nepal during summer times, rain gears are necessary while warm clothing is must when you travel in winter. If you plan a trekking tour in Nepal, take both light and warm clothing in casual styles because you will experience a wide range of climates. Good windproof and waterproof jacket, walking boots with ankle support are must.
  • 3. How to Get to Nepal
    At present, Nepal can be reached by flights and overland driving. Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal, connected with many cities, like Bangkok, Colombo, Calcutta, Delhi, Dhaka, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Karachi, Lhasa, London Osaka, Paris, Moscow, Paro, Singapore and Varanasi. If you feel to find available flights from your country to Nepal, it will be a good idea to travel China first. After your China mainland tours, you can easily get to Tibet by flight or driving, then have an unforgettable overland driving experience to Nepal across Gyirong Airport.
  • 4. What to Eat in Nepal
    Heavily influenced by Indian and Tibet dishes, Nepal food is quick to cook and tasty to eat. The most popular Nepal food is a dish called “Daal, Bhaat and Tarkaari” (lentils, rice, vegetable curry respectively). This is the main course served in the most Nepalese houses regardless of the economic conditions, that too in both lunch and as well as dinner. Kathmandu is a melting pot of international cuisine. Besides Nepal food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, and Mexican etc to Continental at remarkably reasonable price.

Most Recommended Tour Packages

Following are some other recommended tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our Tibet tour packages are customizable to meet your personal requirements. You can also contact us to customize a trip if you want.

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