Bhaktapur: The Living Heritage of Nepal
Crowning the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is one of the most ancient towns of Nepal. Once the capital of Nepal, this town is also known by many other names such as “Nepal’s Cultural Gem”, “City of Culture” and “City of Devotees”. Bhaktapur is one of three royal cities that reside in the Kathmandu Valley. It has been declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Surrounded by the Himalayas, this royal city is a haven for mountain lovers. Besides the natural beauty the man-made marvels of the city are another reason for people from all over the world to adore this tourist destination.
The carved woodwork columns, terra-cotta works, end number of monuments, numerous temples with open courtyards, gilded roofs, and elaborate carvings evoke a prehistoric feel that is unique to Bhaktapur. Dotted with religious shrines and pagodas, this city is sure to mesmerize the tourists.
The major sightseeing places of this city include:
This is the main square of the city with some beautiful architectural showpieces like a picture gallery, the Golden Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Lion Gate, the Batsala Temple, a palace with 55 windows, a replica of Pashupati Temple, and the Bells of Barking Dogs.
Built-in 1702 A.D. this pagoda rests on a five-story terraced platform. Each terrace has a squat pair of figures. Nyatapola is the tallest temple built by King Bhupatindra Malla, for Goddess Laxmi.
This temple came into being when Jagat Jyoti Malla was the king of Nepal. Initially, it was built as a one-story pagoda. Later in 1718 A.D., it was transformed into a three-storeyed temple. The artistic grandeur of Bhairavnath Temple is remarkable.
The carved peacock windows made this monastery one of the major attractions of Bhaktapur. Located near the Dattatrya temple, this monastery was built by Yakchhya Malla and was renovated by priest Ram Dutt Giri.
Situated at an altitude of 2,175 m, Nagarkot is the second highest point of Kathmandu Valley. Bordered with mountains of all sides it offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest. Tourists interested in hiking and trekking can explore the hiking trails that lead from Nagarkot to Tamang villages.
Lying 5 km west of Bhaktapur, this beautiful place is mainly known for its vegetable garden and handicraft works.
Surya Vinayak Shrine
Nestled in the picturesque surrounding of Bhadgoan that receives the first rays of the rising sun, Surya Vinayak is a shrine of Lord Ganesh. The snow-capped peaks in the background enhance the scenic beauty of the place.