1 DayKathmandu to Kathmandu Grade:
Trip style: One day sightseeing
Transport: Private car/jeep/hiace/deluxe bus
Bhaktapur city lies to the eastern part of Kathmandu valley. It is the third largest city inside Kathmandu valley. The temples, ponds, and the historical buildings are the major attraction of Bhaktapur. It is protected as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is famous for elegant arts, cultures, festivals and indigenous life styles. Bhaktapur is also known as ‘Bhadgaun’. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. There are Pagoda and Shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood.
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the lion gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the picture gallery, the golden gate, the palace of 55 windows, the Batsala temple and the bell of barking dogs, etc. The statue of the King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace of the many statues available. In Nepal this is considered to be the most magnificent.
Contains ancient and medieval paintings belongings to Hindu and Buddhist schools, tantrums of various periods and descriptions.
The Golden Gate is the doorway to the main country-yard of the palace of fifty five home windows. Built by King Ranjit Malla, the gate is one of the maximum beautiful and richly carved specimens of its type. This gate is embellished with deities and monsters of marvelous intricacy.
The Palace of 55 Windows was built in the 17th century by King Bhupatindra Malla. Among the brick walls with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windows. This balcony is a masterpiece of wood carving. This temple is also a lovely example of Shikhara fashion of architecture in Nepal. There is a bronze bell at the terrace of the temple which is likewise called the “bell of barking puppies”. This big bell, positioned in 1737 A.D. used to sound curfew for that time.
This five storeyed Pagoda was built in 1702 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla. It stands in a five-terraced platform. On every terraces sit a pair of figures; two famous wrestlers, two Elephants, Lions, Griffins, Tigresses and the Lion Goddesses. This is one of the tallest Pagodas and is famous for its huge structure and diffused workmanship.
This temple was first built as a one storeyed pagoda but later changed into a three storeyed temple in 1718 A.D. by king Bhupatindra Malla. The temple is noted for its artistic grandeur. It is dedicated to Lord Bhairav- the god of terror.
The cultural traditions of Bhaktapur are no less wonderful than its inventive masterpieces. The historic ritual dances and festivals here are observed with the same fervor and enthusiasm as they have been, centuries in the past. While Bhaktapur’s Gai-Jatra (July/August) and the tantrically-inspired Nava Durga Dance (October-June), which is comprised of the city’s protectors deities, the Bisket Jatra (April), one of Nepal’s greatest and most exciting festivals, is only such event observed according to the official solar calendar.
The Newars of Bhaktapur have also inherited a long history of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur’s indigenous handicraft varieties include Paubha scroll paintings, papier-mâché masks, cotton cloth, wood carvings, metal works, jewelry and ceramic products. In addition, the home-spun haku-patasi (black sari), black cap and the delicious Juju-dhau, literally the King of all yogurt varieties have also made this city a favored spot for tourists and the Nepalese alike.
If you have time and patiece, theres a lot more to explore in this beautiful town. In addition to that, Kathmandu and Patan Sightseeing is also equally popular for sightseeing because of its rich cultural, artistic, religious and historic sites.