Bhaktapur- the City of Devotees

Bhaktapur is one of the three major cities of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur translates to “City of Devotees,” and indeed, it is. The city flaunts ancient arts and culture amidst the cobblestone streets, palace courtyards and towering shikhara-style temples.

The city is home to one of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Newari Culture co-exist with medieval architecture. The temple blends with the tradition of local people here.

Enjoy a laidback stroll around the city and discover exquisite woodcarving, handicrafts, beautiful paintings, and eat Juju Dhau around the corner. Juju Dhau translates to “king of yogurt.” It is considered the finest yogurt in all of Nepal.

 The shop-lined alleyways around Durbar Square brim with shops selling everything from marionette (string puppet) to Thanka and handicraft. Walk further to the south, and you will be at Potter’s Square, where you will be surprised to see rows of clay pots being sun-dried.

Bhaktapur is divided into four areas: Pottery Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, and Dyattraya Tole. Layaku (Durbar Square), Nyatapola Temple, Bhairab Nath Temple, Dattatraya Temple, Kailash Mahadev Statue, and Pottery Square are some of the major landmarks of Bhaktapur. Pottery Square is believed to date back to the 12th century, and the Durbar Square dates back to the 17th century. 

Bhaktapur remains intact and preserves an ancient way of life. The exquisite woodcarving, stone temple, magnificent windows, stone monoliths, and every artistic creations dates back to medieval periods. 

If you are thinking of things to do in Bhaktapur, you need not worry, because this city bestows plethora of opportunities for you to stay for days and at the end of the day, you will end up longing for another beautiful day in here. Enjoy evening walk at Durbar Square, taste local food of Newari people, and indulge in their enticing culture. What else?- Visit popular landmarks mentioned above.

Elevation1,401 m
Postal Code44800
Climatefairly temperate
Average TemperatureWinter: average 10 degree Celsius
Summer: average 28 to 30 degree Celsius
Next Stopping PointKathmandu, Lalitpur, Pokhara
Major AttractionsBhaktapur Durbar Square, Pottery Square, Nyatapola temple, Dyattraya Tole, Kailash Mahadev Statue, Bhairab Nath Temple

Last updated on March 11, 2020

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