City of culture

Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur was the capital of Nepal from 12th to the 15th century. After the demise of King Yakshya Malla, his successors couldn't hold the integrity of the country and three independent principalities, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan came into existence.

Bhaktapur is the best preserved city among the three major cities in Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur still retains some of its ancient way of life. The remarkable architecture, the exquisite woodcarvings and metal craft that can be seen around the city takes one back to the time of the Malla rulers who patronized art like no other dynasty. The Pottery Square, the Palace Durbar Square which dates back to the 12th century, where devotees still celebrate their centuries old festivals and the temple squares that still remain vibrant, are Bhaktapur’s major attractions.

Once known as Bhadgaon (Nepali) and Khwopa (Newari) the city has maintained its festivals in their original elaborate forms, many of which last over a week. One of the most popular festivals of Bhaktapur is the Bisket Jatra which attracts a large number of locals as well as tourists around the Nepali New Year. Bhaktapur is also famous for Juju Dhau(homemade yogurt) and Bhadgaule Topi (cap). The palace, temples and monastic complexes of Bhaktapur have marvelous wood, metal and stone works with intricate themes.

Attractions in Bhaktapur, around and from Bhaktapur

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kathmandu valley. It is an open museum of medieval art and architecture and

  • Duttatraya Temple The Dattatreya Temple is about a minute walk from Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It was originally built in 1427 and is said to have built using the timber from a single tree. The temple attracts visitors w

  • Golden Gate The Golden Gate is one of the most important master pieces of metal work in Nepal. The gate is the main entrance to the 55 windows palace and the inner courtyard towards the Taleju temple and the Nag

  • Nyatapola Temple The Nyatapola temple is a five storied temple in Bhaktapur dedicated to goddess Siddhi Lakshmi, the Tantric incarnation of goddess Parvati. This temple is 30 meter tall, the tallest temple in Nepal. T

  • Pashupati Temple According to folklore, a Bhaktapur King who was a great devotee of Lord Pashupati, had a dream in which Lord Shiva told him to build a temple for him so that he could move into it. He obeyed this comm

  • Pottery Square There are two Pottery Squares in Bhaktapur. The first Pottery Square is located at Talako, some 500m to the southwest of Taumadhi Square and the other one in Suryamadhi, located to the East of Dattatr

  • The Palace of Fifty-five Windows The palace of 55 windows, located at the centre of Bhaktapur Durbar Square was built by King Bhupatindra Mall. However it was not completed until 1754 during the reign of Jaya Ranjit Malla. Today the