If you have any leisure time in Kathmandu and you may wonder how to spend the time than one of the best option is to explore Bhaktapur (an ancient city), which lies about 20 km east of Kathmandu and can be reached in 45 min from Thamel by vehicle. Bhaktapur is an incredible city of ancient art, religion and culture in the Kathmandu Valley. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which features ancient temples, palaces and fantastic art. Explore its 24 traditional neighborhoods, each with its unique culture and history.
Bhaktapur literally means the city of devotees known as the city famous for woodcarving, handmade papers, pottery and cloth weaving. Bhaktapur is one of the favorites for travellers to Nepal. This Newari city is rich in art, sculpture, tradition and cultures. Bhaktapur was its own kingdom before the unification of Nepal by Prithivi Narayan Shah in 1769. The Malla kings were religious so the city shows its strong Hindu culture with the ancient stone and wood. Mostly the Newari people are known for their ability, mainly in this area of woodcarving and stone.
The tour starts through the incredible gates and firstly you are focused on Bhaktapur Durbar Square (palace). Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. Among the brick walls, with the gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving which is a tribute to faith of the Malla Rulers. You walk few minutes down a narrow street and the road reaches to Dattatreya, in between there are 24 neighborhoods each with temple, tradition and culture. The Dattatreya Temple is the main attraction of the Square. Constructed by King Yaksha Malla, the giant three-storied temple is believed to have been built with the stem of a single tree. The guide will explain all about its history. In Dattatreya square there is a peacock frame windows. There is some small beautiful temple on exploring the main temple. After continuous walk through narrow street you will see the temple called Nyatpole. This temple is the tallest temple of Nepal and also know “Panch Talle Mandir” or “Five storied Temple”. It stands on five terraces, on each of which squat a pair of figures: two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins, and Baghini and Singhini – the tiger and the lion goddesses. Each pair of figures is considered ten times stronger than the ones immediately below. The temple is dedicated to Siddhi Lakshmi, a bloodthirsty incarnation of the goddess Durga (Parvati). The day tour end just after the Nyatpole Temple square, passing through last neighborhood of Bhaktapur. And you will come back to your hotel by private vehicle.
- Pick up and drop from your hotel
- Drive to Bhaktapur by private vehicle
- Professional local city guide
- All entrance fees as per programme
- All Government taxes.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal equipment or any personal expenses.
- Meals and drinks.
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
Start time: 10:00 am from Hotel
Cost: USD 70 per person