Bhaktapur is also known as Bhadgaon or the city of Devotees, is the third major
town of the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur was the capital of the whole valley during the
14th to 16th century. Much of the towns great architecture dates from the end of 17th
century. This town is also well known as Newari Architecture town. Bhaktapur rises upon
the northern bank of Hanumante River. All foreigners visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square are
charged a fee .
Bhaktapur is also famous for their home made curd which is known in Nepal as Khopa
Dhau. This is the pottery center of the valley and a visit to Potters' square is a must.
You will get to see lots of different types of handmade souvenirs ( wood-carvings,
puppets, thankas, caps etc.) inside the Square.
& Statues inside the Bhaktapur Durbar Square
|Erotic Elephant Temple
||Ugrachandi Bhairab Statues
||King Malla's column
||Vatsala Durga Temple
||Siddhi Laxmi Temple
||Pashupati Nath Temple
|Til Mahadev Temple
Golden Gate & 55 Window Palace
This famous 55 Window palace was built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in
1754. The entrance to this Palace is well known as Golden Gate or Sunko Dhoka in Nepali,
and is the most important piece of art in the whole valley. A Garuda tops the gate and is
shown disposing of a number of serpents. The four headed and 16 armed figure of the
goddess Taleju Bhawani is below the Garuda.
There are various places around the edge of the Kathmandu Valley which offer great views.
These places are not so far away from the valley and easily accessible.
Nagarkot is generally hailed to be the best for the mountain watchers. People normally
spend the night in one of the lodges to see the sun set and sun rise. Nagarkot extends the
views all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchanjunga in the east. There are
number of walks from Nagarkot, down to cheese factory, Sundarijal, Changu-Narayan and
Bhaktapur. It is about an hours drive from Kathmandu.
On the skirts the southern side of Bhaktapur , down to Banepa , towards to Tibetan border
is a hill station called Dhilikhel. It is easier than the steep and winding road to
Nagarkot, is also famous for the short treks. Its population is Newar, although there are
people of many other groups in the surrounding villages. This place was gathering point of
hippies who even planned to build their own temple here. This place is also surrounded by
Harisiddhi temple, Vishnu Temple, Krishna Temple and Bhagwati Temple, Shiva Temple and
Famous Kali temple. People often spend the night in one of the lodges here to sun set and
sun rise. It is about an hours drive from Kathmandu
This 2,762 m. hilltop is the highest point around the valley and is also known as home to
one of the last surviving cloud forest in central Nepal. This place is just 45 minutes
drive from the valley and the only place, where snow falls during the winter. Above all,
there lies a shrine of phulchwoki Mai. Generally visitors travel by cycle to Godavari and
walk all the way to Phulchwoki as it is known for the short walk destination.