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    National Art Gallery- Bhaktapur.

    by goutammitra Updated Oct 28, 2007

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    This place is worth visiting.
    The art and architecture of Nepal is deeply influenced by the religion. Unique craftsmanship can be found in temples, architecture, shrines, fountains and the design of religious objects. Art and religion is so deeply interlocked that it is impossible to separate the one from the other. All art forms express both Hindu and Buddhist iconography.The National Art Gallery of Nepal is one of the most interesting and the must visit sites in Nepal. This gallery is located in a very beautiful palace at Bhaktapur, amidst picturesque Kathmandu valley. The palace is said to be the oldest existing palace in the entire Kathmandu valley. This Palace has more than 50 windows that open on all the four side. Apart from that, the arches and motifs are worth appreciation too.

    Inside the gallery you have an impressive collection of paintings and murals from the days of dominance of Buddhism. There are some very old paintings that are known as Thangakas. Buddhist monks used these paintings for concentration at the time of prayers. These oil-on-canvas paintings are very old and dates back to Mallas era. Then there are stone-carved figures that dates back to Licchhavis and Mallas era. Most of these figures are of Hindu and Buddhist deities and, as typical of that era, have sexual overtones.

    The second floor is entirely dedicated to historical chronicles and manuscripts. These documents belong to various monarchs from Rana and Shah dynasties and provide a deep insight in to the political, cultural, social and economical conditions of that era. Some of the documents are classified and are not on public display. If you are a student of history or a researcher, then this place will be of great interest. Nevertheless, researchers are required to take a prior permission from the Ministry of Culture for getting access to the classified documents.

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    Bhaktapur Brass & Bronze Museum

    by goutammitra Written Oct 28, 2007

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    The Bronze and Brass Museum is located at the famous Pujari Math area of downtown Bhaktapur. This museum is just opposite to the National Woodwork Museum in the outskirts of Kathmandu. The museum is the newest to pop up in Nepal. This museum is primarily dedicated to the Newari lifestyle. Newars are the original inhabitants of Nepal and are mostly located in the central Nepal regions around Kathmandu.

    The bronze museum is housed in a newly renovated building. Most of the displays are either made of bronze or brass. Most of them have been restored and are in excellent condition. Among the displays are items of everyday use. There are separate galleries for the commodities used by common mass and royalty. Most of these objects date back to Mallas Period. Platters for worship, lamps, water pots, horns, and other items are on display to tell about the humble living of the common masses. The royal family has gifted an ornate inkpot and bookshelf that can be promptly seen in the royal gallery. The museum provides an insight of the Newars who have contributed so much in the evolution of the Nepalese society.

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    The Peacock window & Wood Carving Museum.

    by goutammitra Written Oct 11, 2007

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    The Peacock Window, which is also called the "Mona Lisa of Nepal", is a rare masterpiece in wood. Dating back to the early 15th century, the unique latticed window has an intricately carved peacock in its center. The window adorns the Pujari Math which, with rows of exquisitely carved windows and doors, is equally appealing. The building presently houses the Woodcarving Museum. The museum has a rich collection of unique pieces in wood.

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    Dattatreya Temple.

    by goutammitra Written Oct 11, 2007

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    Dattatreya Temple from Historic Town Bhaktapur Nepal.
    The Dattatreya Square is Bhaktapur’s third dazzling gem. The seat of royalty till the 15th century, the area still houses a great number of historic monuments including many wondrous Maths (residential mansions) and temples.

    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. Having defied series of calamities, it still bears testimony to the incredible achievement made in those regal
    One life style in Kathmandu valley is gather around the temple premise for chatting, relaxing, playing, business etc. You can see some of these activities in the picture.

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    Dattatreya Square.

    by goutammitra Written Oct 11, 2007

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    Dattatreya Temple from Historic Town Bhaktapur Nepal.
    The Dattatreya Square is Bhaktapur’s third dazzling gem. The seat of royalty till the 15th century, the area still houses a great number of historic monuments including many wondrous Maths (residential mansions) and temples.

    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. Having defied series of calamities, it still bears testimony to the incredible achievement made in those regal
    One life style in Kathmandu valley is gather around the temple premise for chatting, relaxing, playing, business etc. You can see some of these activities in the picture.

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    Taumadhi Square- Bhaktapur.

    by goutammitra Updated Oct 7, 2007

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    It lies just a minute walk to the South East Durbar Square. A standee in this square is pygmised by the towering five storeyed pagoda style temple of Goddess Siddhi Laxmi and that of God Bhairavnath.

    This is the place where age old Dances & Festivals are observed by the locals. The dance festivals was started by King Yaksha Malla in 15th entury. The locals take part with same enthusiasm as their ancestors in the past.

    Famous Indian film producer, director & actor Dev Anand shot his block buster " Hare Rama Hare Krishna" here in 1971 based on Hippie movement. Indian actress Mumtaz enacted the role of a Nepali girl and performed dance here. The movie is still very popular in India and Nepal.

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    Art Gallery with a difference

    by traceyspacey Written Apr 23, 2007

    National Art Gallery is worth seeing, inside and out. It has Hindu and Buddhist paintings, stone and wood carvings. There are also portraits of the Kings of Nepal with information on each of them, you may want to compare this with your guide book. All this for 20 rupees. The ticket covers you for the Woodcarving and Brass & Bronz Museums.

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    Wait for the night fall

    by josephescu Written Feb 2, 2007
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    It is not a bad idea to stay in Bhaktapur after night fall, when the one day tourists leave and the quiet squares from day-light come back to "real" life, with dozens of vendors trying their chances and with the locals gathering in smaller or larger groups,, just to sit and speak the events of the day, in a sort of "Italianesque" atmosphere.

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    Entrance - 10 USD

    by josephescu Written Feb 2, 2007
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    Foreigners’ entrance in the old town of Bhatkapur is charged a hefty fee of 10 USD. Well…it may be much as per Nepali standards, but it is well worth it by all means. See?.........

    Payment in rupees saves 1 usd because of the odd exchange rate.

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    Taumadhi Square

    by Folbi Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Nyatapola Temple

    Nyatapola Temple is the highest in Nepal and can best be seen from the first floor of Nyatapola Cafe. The statues from the bottom of the stairs to the top are respectively: 2 wrestlers, 2 elephants, 2 lions, 2 griffins and finally 2 goddesses - each pair being 10 times stronger than the pair on the previous floor.

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    Take a qalk trough Durbar Sqaure

    by schlumpf Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Everyone gets to Bhaktapur will be definitely amazed from the view of his beautifull durbar Square.
    It is not so beautifull as the Patan's one, but also here you will ahve thje possibility to see and visit a lot of unbelievable monuments and temples.
    The entry fee ihere is higher then the other cities: USD 10!

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    The easiest way to visit all Kathmandu Valley in o

    by schlumpf Written Feb 26, 2005

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    My first plan once I was in India, was to reach Nepal and relax there for a week or so.
    It was a good plan, but unfortunately I got extremely sick in Varanasi and I had to stay in that amazing city four more days.
    So, I got just three days left, and with that time I had to visit as more as possible.
    Once you will run in the same situation, short with time, then, it might be a great idea to rent a privat car for one day, from 03.30 am to 08.30 pm.
    During the day, you will be able to visit, in a quiet chilling way the most amazing, interesting and important place, and keep other two days to visit again the paklce you did like more, or simply relax one day in the monastery.
    It could work like this: every GH or agancy (better the GH for the price), is able and would love to rent you a private car with driver and guide for something like 40-60USD (it depends how good you are to reduce the rate).
    The easiest itinerary would be:
    Monkey Temple- Bodhanath – Pashupatinath – Patan – Bhaktaphur and Nagarkot (Nagarkot only if you are going in the right season otherwise is sensless as you will never see anything).
    Such itinerary will fullfilled your day but won’t be toop stressy.
    In this case, you can see quiet easily all the main places and then on day two and three visit more in detail Patan, Kathmandu Valley, Kopan and some of the temple you saw in day one.
    This is a very good oprtion for those that have not so many days...

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    VATSALA DURGA TEMPLE

    by pink63 Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Vatsala Durga temple

    In front of the Royal Palace, you can admire this stone temple, built in 1672 by king Jagat Prakash Malla.
    Near, the big Taleju Bell, built so that its tolls could draw devotees to pray here.

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    NYATAPOLA TEMPLE

    by pink63 Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Nyatapola Temple - Baktapur

    Higher than 30 m, Nyatapola temple is the highest in Nepal.
    It was built in 1702 by King Bhupatindra Malla in honour of Lakshmi goddess.
    Beside the central steps, there are 5 couple of wardens, one couple for each step leading to the temple.
    The best way to overlook the temple and all the square is to sit down at the foreground of the Nyatapola Cafè, in front of the temple.

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    Changu Narayan

    by dipendra Updated Nov 23, 2004

    The temple of Changu Narayan remains a milestone In Nepali temple architecture. It is one of the best examples of multiroofed style architecture in Nepal, with rich embossed works.

    The history of this site dates back to 4th century AD.

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