Bhaktapur Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by mamtap
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by mamtap
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by mamtap

Bhaktapur Things to Do

  • Bhairavnath temple

    One of the main temples in Taumadhi Square built as a one-story pagoda during the reign of King Jagat Jyoti Malla, later changed into a three-storey temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla, this temple now stands for its artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav - the god of Terror.The inner part of the temple has the...

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  • The Peacock Window: Mona Lisa of Nepal

    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...

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  • The Brass & Bronze Museum

    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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  • Dattatreya Square

    Dattatreya Square is another famous site where you can see many Hindu monasteries called maths and temple and museums. The three-story pagoda-style Dattatreya Temple, with statue of the Hindu deity was built by King Yaksha Malla in 1428. It is claimed that the building was constructed from a single piece of wood from one tree. The Pujari Math,...

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  • Taumadhi Square of Bhaktapur

    Smaller than Durbar square and just a five minute walk further is Taumadhi Square. think it is one of the most strategic square in town, since many hotels, restaurant, and shops were here.This one is dominated by the tallest temple in Nepal - the five storey Nyatapola Temple.Climb the steep stairs for a fantastic view across rooftops to the...

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  • Potter's Square :A living museum

    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...

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  • Nyatapola Temple

    The height of this five stories temple is at about 30 meters tall. It is one of the tallest temple in all around Kathmandu Valley, and the tallest one in Bhaktapur built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D,iIs one of the excellent examples of nepali architecture and mythical figures and figures of gods and animals are curved in every nook and...

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  • Fasi Dega Temple

    When I walked in Bhaktapur Durbar Square I found many temple most of them made in diffrent style. The bizarre-looking Fasi Dega temple is another odd remnant of the post-earthquake initiatives. The large, white Fasi Dega Temple is dedicated to Shiva and it is one of the tallest temples in the second part of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The temple sits...

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  • Chayasilin Mandap

    East of the Great Bell, next to the palace, there is an eight sided pavilion of Chayasalin Mandap, It was originally made by Yaksha Malla in remembrance of his queen, but has been recently reconstructed after its destruction the earthquake. With windows that open in all directions, the Chasalin Mandap, offers a prime view of the Durbar Square.This...

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Bhaktapur Restaurants

  • Expensive,touristy, but wonderful view...

    The restaurant at Nyatapola is expensive and a tourist trap. It is not local food and the quality is terrible and not worth it. only good things is that you can see good view of Taumadhi Square.

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  • If you are willing to waste your time

    This was our biggest mistake. Not because of the foods or location. The service was so slow so we missed all the free time waiting for some lunch. This is why I couldn’t have good photos; this is why I couldn’t buy souvenirs. This is why I haven't any decent image of Bhaktapur in my memories. Begging the waiters didn’t help and we finished the...

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  • Nepal's Favourite Newari Food

    If you are in Nepal and have not tasted the original Newari ( Nepali) food, you really have missed something. We tried everithing Nepali, Thakkali food, Newari food the original combination of Daal, Bhat & Tarkari combination, everything. In almost everywhere in Kathmandu vally one can find Newari food. Just look for Newari Khaja Restaurants and...

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  • a ncie place for a soft drink

    A ncie place to realx in Bhaktapur,. which offers you an absolutely great view is Cafè Niatapola.It offers you all the kind of soft drink, but it is also a restaurant (more common to come here just for a drink):Pretty a ncie place!

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  • Garden restaurant

    we stay at the hostel which is next to this restaurant. we missed it the previous day due to the tinny entrance of this nice garden restaurant. the next morning, when i enter the door, there was such a wonderful empty garden, full of sunshine. a very nice garden.

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  • A Wonderful Place to Watch the Square

    I believe Sunny is the name of this tiny Cafe. It's located at one corner of the square. The house is very small, but with several floors and terraces. We went to the top terraces. It's only big enough for two tiny tables. Food there is fairly good. What makes it special is the overall view of Taumadhi square. You see everthing under your sight,...

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Bhaktapur Transportation

  • Kathmandu - Bhaktapur

    I was sick that day (diarrhoea from earlier meals in Chitwan) and spent almost all morning in the hotel in Kathmandu. Feeling a little better in the afternoon, I insisted on seeing Bhaktapur, although it was getting really late. So we rented a cab to take us from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur, wait 2 hours and then back to Kathmandu. The whole thing was...

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  • Take a Bus from Thamel

    If you simply want to visit Bhakthapur, then the best way is to take a pubblic bus form Kathmandu, where you will have no difficulties to caught it.Anyway, I won’t reccomend you to spend a compelte day here, as it is enough to stay here an half a day, you could then set a day with the visit of Patan and Bhaktapur.In that case you could, take the...

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  • The easiest way to visit all Kathmandu...

    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...

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Bhaktapur Shopping

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    by vinod-bhojak Written May 25, 2014

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    The Peacock Window very famous in Bhakatapur .its one of Nepal's most precious wood carvings and national art treasures - there are several craft stores along the same street worth visiting.The Peacock Window: One of Nepal's most precious woodcarvings and national art treasures - there are several craft stores along the same street worth visiting where you can buy inexpensive small wooden carving beautiful windows. There are many other local wooden items but I like these windows very much.

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Bhaktapur Local Customs

  • More craft works!

    It was really hard to pass all the beauty you can see in the little shops. If i would have someone who would carry my bag, i would spend all my money for all this nice things. :)oh, sorry for being so typical woman! :)

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  • No hurry!

    It is amazing how calm people can be in Nepal, as well as in India. They never have any hurry, but for whole day long they can just sit near some temples or main squares, watch people and do nothing.Try to do the same and if you can - you are very special! :))) Actually for people from West it is really hard thing to do, we dont know how to rest...

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  • Craft work!

    In Bhaktapur are very many nice shops where is possible to buy good craft works - like crocks, woodcarvings and things from metal.

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Bhaktapur Warnings and Dangers

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    by illa Written Aug 28, 2004

    This is just a warning. From the time you arrive at Bhaktapur, there will be a lot of kids coming to recommend themselves as your tourist guide in Bhaktapur. Preferring to have the freedom of where to go and what to see myself, I had to say constantly "no" to them. However, they didn't seem to easily give up.

    --- You have spent much more money coming all the way to Nepal. So why don't you spend a little money now to get to know more of Nepal? See, they have their point... and on and on...

    Well, one of my friends hired a guide for the tour and found him indeed quite satisfactory --- fair charge, knowledgeable, patient, fun loving... Maybe it's a good way to get rid off more bother.

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Bhaktapur Tourist Traps

  • Entrance fee

    There is now e $ 25 entance fee, a bit steep for some people... If you arrive by bus from Kathmandu there is a ticket couter at the corner where the bus entered the bus stand, you can easy avoid that by leaving the busstand on the other side. There is an other ticket counter at the western entrance of the Durbar square, if you turn right in a...

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  • The Commercially Traditional Pottery...

    Lying at a few minutes walk to the south of Durbar and Taumadhi Square, the Pottery Square, Talako is actually an interesting place to visit. You see the flow process of pottery producing on the square. Of course they also sell the potteries on site.What you should be careful is to take photos. They all sign eagerly to you to take photos of them,...

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Bhaktapur Off The Beaten Path

  • Beyond Kathmandu!

    Not so far from the Kathmandu City, lies a small Village called 'Sipadol'. Sipadol is situated towards the south eastern part of Bhaktapur District. Attracted by the village life in Nepal, I went for a day trip to Sipadol. The place is really nice to go to if anyone wants a short trip out of the city. It is a good picnic spot flanked by many...

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  • Changu Narayan

    Changu Narayan Temple and village are a Unesco World Heritage Sites and they are localted on top of a little hill five kms north of Bhaktapur. The temple, built in the 4th century, is the oldest one in Kathmandu valley and can be reached by walking through the quaint village.The main temple si dedicated to Lond Vishnu and his 10 reincarnations, as...

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  • nagarkhot

    We had booked two nights in Nagarkhot because it is known as the balcony over the Himalayas, in the sense that it's the nearest hilltop resort to Kathmandu to have great views over the mountains. Moreover we had seen a fancy hotel (Club Himalaya) with a spa and a gorgeous indoor swimming-pool.The day we left for nagarkhot we were in high spirits,...

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Bhaktapur Favorites

  • Erotic wood carvings

    I found at Pashupatinath Temple in Bhaktapur, features erotic wood carvings on four sides of the temple on the support beams, also known as “tunala”. Erotic artwork is a common theme across many temples in the Nepal.it is said that according to the Hindu Myth, goddesses of lightening is very shy virgin, who would not strike upon temple with such...

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  • Bhaktapur squares

    There are three main squares in old Bhaktapur – Durbar, Taumadhi and Tachupal Tole (to the east), linked togather by a number of narrow streets and courtyards. Durbar square is larger than the one in Kathmandu and much less “crowded” with temples than Patan. The empty plinths you see today mark where temples once stood before the earthquake in...

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  • Erotic elephants temple

    Newari humor at the erotic Elephants temple – copulating elephants and other animals in the missionary position are carved on the temple struts.

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