Bhaktapur is the city of rich culture, ancient temples, and fine, intricate carvings. Bhaktapur, with its medieval alleys and famous wood carvings, is an essential visit on your tours to Nepal. Bhaktapur contains enchanting alleyways, charming courtyards and ancient houses. Located 14 km in the east corner of Kathmandu on the old trade route to Tibet. charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times. This ancient city is also famous for pottery and woodcarving amply displayed on the squares and windows respectively. Bhaktapur showcases the very best of Nepal’s ancient charms, in particular the culture and work of the Newari people (the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley). This place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4600 ft. Above sea level. In Bhaktapur you will visit the Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooked by the palace of 55 Windows built by King Bupatindra Malla, the Nytapola Teple. This temple, which was also built by king Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of the Pagoda style and stands on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures, famous strong men, elephants, lions, griffins and goddesses. Time permitting, a visit to the museum of Thanka painting can also be considered. A 30 minute walk brings you to the Dattatraya temple and Pujari Math which can also be done provided there is plenty of time at the clients' disposal. It is also known for its traditional clay pottery, clay masks and wooden crafts. Bhaktapurfounded by King Ananda Dev in 889 A.D.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The least busy among the Bhaktapur durbar squares is in the center of Bhaktapur city. Among the three durbar squares, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is by far the most elegant with its large open space facing south. The 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows and the palace entrance, the Golden Gate - a masterpiece in repousse art - have added splendour to this palace square which consists of buildings dating from the 13th century to the 18th century. The extraordinary Durbar Square with its extraordinary monuments reflects the glory days of the Malla dynasty when art and architecture thrived in the three cities of the valley. In front of the palace building are innumerable temples and architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla mounted on a giant stone pillar and the Batsala Temple. The stone temple of Batsala Devi is full of intricate carvings and is a beautiful example of Shikhara-style architecture. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple, which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. Erected by King Ranjit Malla in 1737, its sounding announced the beginning and end of a daily curfew. The national art gallery is also housed inside. The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, thangkas, centuries-old stone sculpture, antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods. This gallery is open every day of the week except Tuesday.
Dedicated to Bhairav, the God of Terror, the three-storied temple of Bhairavnath has only the head of Bhairav in the inner sanctum. Legend has it that the Bhairav’s head was cut off by a tantric expert in order to keep him in Bhaktapur. Built in pagoda style, the temple is noted for its artistic grandeur and stands adjacent to the famous five-storied Nyatapola Temple.
The unique temple of Bhaktapur, the Nyatapol literally means ‘five storied’ and rises above the city’s landscape as a remarkable landmark. It also has the distinction of having withstood the devastating earthquake of 1933. Dedicated to a tantric goddess, the steps leading up to the temple are flanked by stone sculptures of deities and mythical beasts, each 10 times more powerful than the one immediately below.
It takes its name from the Dattatreya Temple dedicated to a three-headed combination of the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This temple is said to have been built from the trunk of a single tree. Near this temple is a monastery with exquisitely carved peacock windows.
Nagarkot - Serene Sunrise
Nagarkot: A resort town, in the rim of Kathmandu valley, famous for Sunrise and Sunset view. Nagarkot also offers excellent view of the Indrawati River. The valleys that surrounding the river offer another beautiful view when the area break out in a rich kaleidoscope of different coloured flowers in Spring. The colourful flowers with the serene backdrop of snow-covered mountains have made Nagarkot becomes one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Nepal.
Panorama of the main peak in the eastern Nepal Himalaya, as well as Sagarmatha (Mount Everest (8848 meters)), can be seen from Nagarkot. Himalayan peaks like Manaslu (8463 meters above sea level), Ganesh Himal (7111 meters), Langan (7246 meters), Choba Bhamre (6016 meters) and Gaurisankar (7134 meters), all clearly seen from Nagarkot.
Treks from Nagarkot are unique and delightful. For anyone who wants to have an adventure without exerting much effort, a hike to Nagarkot's surrounding areas would be a good option. One can traverse short distances on trekking trails and come close to nature's wonders such as the outer of verdant forests, flower-covered meadows and unusual rock formations.