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Bhaktapur Durbar Square Sightseeing

Bhaktapur Durbar Square


INTERESTING SIGHTSEEING POINTS AROUND BHAKTAPUR: Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.

BHAKTAPUR Durbar Square (World Heritage Site).
This former royal palace complex offers the elegant 15th-century Palace of 55 Windows, artistic courtyards, the Golden Gate, a masterpiece in repousse art, and an entrancing medley of pagoda temples scattered all over. Entrance Rs. 1350 (SAARC Rs. 100).

Taumadhi Square lies to the east of Durbar Square reached by a brick-paved lane. The fiveroofed Nyatapol temple (built in 1702) here soars gracefully into the sky from atop a five-story plinth. The stairway leading up to the temple is flanked with stone figures of deities and mythical beasts.

Tachapal Square or Dattatreya, at the hub of a maze of streets lined with richly ornamented houses, presents an entrancing ambiance. The heart of uptown, it is the original center of Bhaktapur. The Peacock Window is set into the wall of a Hindu monastery here known as Math.

Potters’ Square. A two-minute walk to the south of Durbar Square brings you to Bolachhen, also known as Potters’ Square. Here you can watch potters molding wet clay into different kinds of earthenware. It has a display of fresh pottery left out to dry in the open.

Siddha Pukhu, a pond dating to the Lichhavi period (350-750 AD), is better known as Ta-Pukhu, meaning big pond. It is a tranquil enclave in the city where you can let your tensions drain away as you watch the fish and admire the stone images of different Hindu and Buddhist gods.

Surya Binayak is a very popular pilgrimage and picnic spot. Situated in a forest to the south of Bhaktapur, it is a 20-minute walk from the trolley bus terminal. The temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesh, is crowded with devotees especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Thimi (pop. 32,000) is a farming town situated 8 km to the east of Kathmandu on the way to Bhaktapur. It is known for the excellent papier-mache masks and earthen pots, which are often seen spread out on the streets to dry in the sun. Homespun cotton cloth is another Thimi specialty.

Balkumari temple is the town’s religious and social center. It is one of the major temples in the Valley dedicated to the mother goddess. Another important shrine in Thimi is the temple of Karunamaya, the Buddha of Compassion. The villages of Bode and Nagadesh near Thimi offer a close look at the Valley’s farming communities. Bode is noted for its Neel Barahi temple, while Siddhi Ganesh is the main shrine in Nagadesh.

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