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    Taumadhi Square

    by Folbi Written Mar 13, 2005

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    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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    Bhaktapur Durbar Square

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 27, 2004

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    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)

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    Taumadhi Tol

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 27, 2004

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    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).

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    Kumale Tol Potters' Square

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 27, 2004

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    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.

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    Bhimsen Mandir

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 27, 2004

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    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.

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    The bell-of barking dogs

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 21, 2014

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    You can see on main chowk of Bhaktapur Darbar square a big bronze bell, known to local residents as "the bell-of barking dogs," as when it is rung, dogs in the vicinity begin barking and howling. The colossal bell was hung by King Ranjit Malla in 1737 AD and was used to sound the daily curfew. It is nowadays rung every morning when goddess Taleju is worshiped

    The bell-of barking dogs The bell-of barking dogs near temple
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    The Golden Gate

    by vinod-bhojak Updated May 20, 2014

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    The Golden gate is the entrance of the 55 windows Royal Palace which is one of the main attractions of Bhaktapur.This beautiful gate built by King Ranjit Malla in 1753.The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (the mythical man – bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs.Its also called Sun dhoka it means in Nepali Sun Gate

    The Golden Gate Me and my wife at Golden Gate The Golden Gate Statue of King Ranjit Malla who built Golden Gate
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    Nag Pokhari:Royal bath

    by vinod-bhojak Updated May 21, 2014

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    I have seen many pokharis (Pond) in Kathamandu velly when I saw Nag Pokhari in Bhaktapur darbar square. Nag in Nepali means serpent and pokhari means pond.This place was surrounded by good environment. Nag pokhari was more beautiful than other pokharis. There were statue of Nag in the middle of ponds which was made of metal.Its says that royal people used to take bath on this pond but there was no water in it so nobody can take bath now.

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    The Palace of Fifty-five Windows

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 21, 2014

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    The Palace of Fifty-five Windows located in the centre of Bhaktapur Durbar square was built by King Bhupatindra Malla, but not completed until 1754 during the reign of Jaya Ranjit Malla, who was the last of the Bhaktapur Malla kings.This palace is named the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows because it has fifty-five carved wooden windows on its facade. This palace is built around a number of inner courtyards that are linked together. It is said that there were 99 courtyards originally but only nine of them are present today.
    Another remarkable feature of this palace is the main entrance gate, called "The Golden Gate”. King Jayastithi Malla later added this gate to the palace in the early eighteenth century. This gate is decorated by gold plated embossed metal work. It leads to the first courtyard of the palace.
    This palace showing up ancient architecture well preserved as part of ancient city .and amazing to have different window for each and very detailed and find carving of windows. this building is adjacent to golden gate and next to many other temples.

    The Palace of Fifty-five Windows The Palace of Fifty-five Windows The Palace of Fifty-five Windows The Palace of Fifty-five Windows
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    The Peacock Window: Mona Lisa of Nepal

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 26, 2014

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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 Peacock Window The Peacock Window The Peacock Window The Peacock Window The Peacock Window
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    Vatsala Devi temple

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 22, 2014

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    The Vatsala temple is located next to the Big Bell of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is a replica of Krishna TempleVatsala Devi temple of Patan built during the time of King Jitamitra MaIla. The temple is dedicated to Vatsala Devi, a form of Goddess Durga. Built entirely from stone, in Shikhara style, the temple's roof is adorned with statues of different gods and goddesses and .its stairway is flanked by elephants and two fantastic horses. In front of the temple is a small bell which is known as the Khicha Kho Gan (Dog Barking Bell) installed by King Bhupatindra Malla.its nice to see.

    Vatsala Devi temple me and my wife at Vatsala Devi temple me and my wife at Vatsala Devi temple Vatsala Devi temple Vatsala Devi temple
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    Potter's Square :A living museum

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 24, 2014

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    it is interesting to see how they make the pottery and how they live around the square.A two-minute walk south of Durbar Square brings you to Bolachhen, also known as Potter's Square because of the many potters seen here molding wet clay into different kinds of earthenware. It has a display if fresh pottery left out to dry in the open square. I liked the atmosphere of the locals minding their own business and doing their daily jobsThis place can be approached from Taumadhi Square also. The elephant-headed Lord Ganesh is the patron of potters, thus the Jeth Ganesh temple in the square.

    A Potter making clay pottery clay pottery clay toys ready to sell A woman on daily routine work Fresh pottery left out to dry
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    The Brass & Bronze Museum

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 26, 2014

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    The Brass & Bronze Museum, housed in the historic Chikanpha Math, is the next highlight of the Square. It has a wide collection of bronze and brasswares including the ritual jars, utensils, water vessels, pots, spittoons and similar other household items.

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    NYATAPOLA TEMPLE

    by pink63 Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    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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    Siddhi Laxmi Temple

    by vinod-bhojak Written May 22, 2014

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    At the southeastern corner of the royal palace is the Siddhi Lakshmi Temple. This is known as the ‘Lohan Dega’ or the stone temple. The Siddhi Lami Temple has a staircase that's guarded by male and female attendants, with a dog and child each, horses, rhinoceros',half-men half-lions and camels. Goddess Siddhi Laxmi is a Trantric deity representing the most powerful female force. Legend goes that the temple was built by the King in the advice of the astrologers to pacify god Bhairav and maintain a harmonious balace of male and female principal.

    Beautiful staircase of Siddhi Laxmi Temple Siddhi Laxmi Temple Siddhi Laxmi Temple Siddhi Laxmi Temple
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