The main square in Bhaktapur. The point to start your discovery of the city.
In this square you will find pagoda and shikhara style temples. In the picture you can see the statue showing King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship. Next to it is the Batsala Temple.In front of this temple is a bell dating back to 1737. And on the right is the Pashupati Temple. Known for its erotic carvings.
You can't miss it. The entrance fees you pay include as well the visit to this square, which is just a minute walk to the south-east of Durbar Square.
A sandee in this square is pygmised by the towering five storeyed pagoda-styled temple of goddess Siddhi Laxmi and that of god Bhairabnath. The sqare as whole can be regarded as a museum of wood carvings. One can smell environments of medieval period around the square.
That's what you go to Bhaktapur for! The square is the most open public place of the city, and it's the most outstanding cluster of exquisite temples and the royal palaces ornamented with work of arts. In the small square, it lies World Heritage Fifty five vindowed Durbar, The Golden Gate, Golden Spout, Big Bell, Dog Barking Bell, Batsala Temple, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Yakscheswor Temple, Chardham and the Terracota Temple.
Bhimsen Mandir is a huge and popular Hindu temple located in Bhaktapur's Dattatraya Square (yes, another square -- also called Tachapal Tol in Nepali). If you are in Bhaktapur during a festival, this is the place to go. It just lights up, and the action and colors are incredible. I was there during naag pannchami and rachhaabandhan festivals and this place was the center of everything. Women line up for kilometers to get tikas from yogis. Sadhus and yogis show up around the temple, it is just amazing.
Potters Square (called Kumale Tol in Nepali - or is it Khumale Tol, I can't remember, very close anyway) is one of many squares in Bhaktapur, but this one is slightly different. It is the place to buy pottery and watch it being made. This place is a tourist attraction, but unlike most of the tourist areas in Nepal it remains truly interesting to visit and see. The unique part about Potters' Square is that all the pottery is still made completely by traditional methods. The potters use huge wheels that they wind up with a big stick to spin, and form post off of a huge slab of clay in the middle of the wheel. It warrants a visit anyway.
Taumadhi Tol is right next to Bhaktapur's Durbar Square and is also synonymous with Nepal internationally. Here stands Nyatapola, Nepal's tallest pagoda (Nuwari style), at five stories, and the creatures aligning the steps all have special meanings. Its really interesting, you really have to see it for yourself. This is one of my favorite parts of the city, and it goes hand and hand with Durbar Square (they are literally 100 meters from each other).
Bhaktapur's Durbar Square can rival that of Patan. The architecture is simply incredible, the atmosphere is tranquil, and there are not nearly as many hawkers. The temples are those that are photographed to represent Nepal all over the world and the history and architectural details are incredible. Note that unfortunately you cannot get into many of the Hindu temples if you are a non-Hindu, but they are beautiful from the outside as well. The entrance is free (but of course you still have to pay go get into Bhaktapur city in general - N.Rs. 750)
In Bhaktapur in the citycentre are many sorts of rice on the street, people make the rice free of dust and dirt in the wind. Al handwork.
Travelling around India and Nepal means to see very many temples for different kind of religions. This was the most high - 5 floor, temple in Bhaktapur.
I walked from Nagarkot to this temple in about three hours. A bit slow but there were many trails to follow. From the temple it's a 90 minutes walk back to Bhaktapur.
This door represents one of the most valuable masterpieces all over the Kathmandu valley.
Through the door you enter into the inner courtyards of the royal palace.
A three roofs temple, recently restored and one of the rare rectangular shape temples.
Beside the temple, two brass lions keep guard.