Bhaktapur City Tour
Bhaktapur City Tour Overview
Bhaktapur city tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is a historical and important city as it is easy for all tourists to come here and enjoy every moment with their family. That’s why it has been a recommended tourist city by many people all around the world.
Bhaktapur is a city in the east corner of Kathmandu, about 13km far. Khwopa is the local name of Bhaktapur. It is the smallest city of Nepal. During the first half of the Malla dynasty, in the 15th century, Bhaktapur served as the capital city of Nepal. It is also a very ancient city that has preserved its art, culture, indigenous lifestyle of Newar community, and tradition for several years. Bhaktapur is a major highlight of Nepal as many national and international tourists visit the place every day.
Places to Visit During Bhaktapur City Tour
- Bhaktapur Durbar square– it is a beautiful Royal Palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. It is located in the town of Bhaktapur at 1400m above sea level. The Bhaktapur Durbar square actually consists of 4 distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square, and Pottery Square). Also, There are many ancient buildings, temples, ponds, and statues in the surrounding of Bhaktapur Durbar square. It has an area of 6.88 sq. km and lies on a height of 1401m. Malla rulers built many monuments and statues of Bhaktapur. Sadly, earthquake of 2015 damages all these buildings including Bhaktapur Durbar square were severely. Nevertheless, Bhaktapur is one of the major attractions and highlights of Nepal. Many national and international tourists visit have done Bhaktapur City Tour yearly. Some of the finest places you do not want to miss when you visit Bhaktapur are following.
Temples in Bhaktapur Area
- Changu Narayan Temple– besides the historical Bhaktapur durbar square, there is also another popular and religious temple in Bhaktapur. Changu Narayan temple is an ancient temple located on the hilltop of Changu or Dolagiri. The hill itself is 7 miles away and from Kathmandu while it is a few miles north of Bhaktapur. Changu Narayan is the oldest temple of Nepal. Worshippers dedicate this temple to Lord Vishnu. This temple is named after a daughter whose father gave a Champak, in marriage to the prince of Bhaktapur. Champak trees surrounds this temple. This temple is very unique and different. It is neither a pagoda-style nor a Shikhara style but has a traditional Nepali style. Sculptures and arts of Lord Vishnu, along with the temples of Lord Shiva, Krishna, Ashta Matrika, etc surrounds this temple. people of Bhaktapur beautifully decorate and preserve this temple . It is also one of the finest attractions of Kathmandu or even Nepal.
- Vatsala Temple– it lies in front of the palace and beside the King’s statue. People dedicate this temple to vatsala Devi, a form of the Goddess Durga. Originally built by Jitmitra Malla and reconstructed by King Bhupatindra Malla. Also, this temple is similar to the Krishna temple of Patan. Santstone was used to construct this temple.
- Siddhi Lakshmi temple– this temple is dedicated to tantric Goddess Siddhi Lakshmi and was built in the 17th century. Camel, rhinos, and horses at the entrance guard this Sikhara style temple. As a result of this, people believe that this temple is amazing
- Rameshwor temple– it is on the right side of the gate, in front of the gopi Nath temple, and is a Gum Baja style. Rameshwor temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, having an open shrine and 4 pillars.
Historic Places in Bhaktapur
- Statue of Bhupatindra Malla– out of the many statues in Bhaktapur Durbar square, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla is the most magnificent. The statue is an act of worship and is situate on the column facing the palace
- The palace of 55 windows – A masterpiece in woodwork and carvings, the palace of 55 windows is in the center of Bhaktapur Durbar square. This palace is also known as Panchpanna Jhyale Durbar. King Bhupatindra Malla built this temple. But, it was completed at the time of the last Malla King, Jaya Ranjit Malla, in 1754. visitors can’t visit the interior of the Panchpanna Jhyale Durbar. However, Kumari, the Living Goddess of Nepal sometimes attends the ceremony in this palace. There is a Talegu Temple near the palace where non-Hindus can’t go.
- Siddha Pokhari– Siddha Pokhari is one of the oldest and the largest ponds situated in Bhaktapur. This place is probably the most visited place during bhaktapur city tour and Kathmandu. Almost every age of people goes there as its beauty is something one cannot resist without going. This artificial pond was built in the 15th century and the ruler at that time was King Yakshya Malla. Siddha Pokhari is known as Ta Pukhu or Indra Daha. During the festival of Ashwin Krishna Dwithiya, a large fair takes place and many devotees come here to take a dip in this holy pond. It have a belief that by doing so, people get good health and happiness.
Highlights of Bhaktapur City Tour
- Explore one of the oldest and cultural cities of Nepal
- Explore the oldest royal palace, temples, and statues.
- Visit one of the largest artificial ponds.
- Explore the beautifully decorated highways of Bhaktapur
- Meet several Newari people and know their culture and tradition.