Travel with me to Bhaktapur “City of Devotees”
Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. This place is sublime, you can see the locals living in ancient houses going about their lives in the morning is the best time to go and appreciate what it has to offer. There are many wood carving shops, cafe shops, restaurants, bazaars with local art and jewelry and many places full of culture. You can also buy the traditional himalayan tea of Nepal considered really healthy and healing.
Bhaktapur, “The city of Devotees”, was the capital of the Kathmandu Valley from the twelfth century to the fourteenth century. The Durbar Square is the central setting of Bhaktapur for architectural monuments and the arts. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom.. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct square (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square)
It is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion, festivals, musical mystic and so on. Bhaktapur is still an untouched as well as preserved ancient city that is itself a world to explore for tourists.
Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork.
The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The royal palace was originally situated at Dattaraya square and was only later moved to the Durbar square location.
The main landmarks of this ancient Durbar Square are: The Lion Gate, Lu Dhowka (The Golden Gate), The Palace of Fifty-five Windows was built during the reign of King Yaksha Mall, The Picture Gallery, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Batsala Temple, and The Pashupati Temple.
I will recommend to visit in the morning time around 9:00am when the square starting to prepare for the busy day to come. Have a nice healthy green juice and breakfast in one of the nice cafe shops and after go around to enjoy a city of history and stunning architecture. I think is one of the most beautiful places in the Kathmandu valley.
Enjoy the photographs and hopefully you’ll visit Nepal soon.