Explore the city of Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur or 'the City of Devotees' is situated at an altitude of 1.401 m and covers and area of about four square miles. This small city still retains the medieval charm and visitors are treated with numerous natural wonders. The ancient glory of the Malla rulers reflects in the Durbar Square and pottery and weaving are their traditional industries. The city is situated a mere 14 km east of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and is easily accessible by car or bus.
Due to a long-term westward drift, the city has two centers (residents of the two centers stage a energetic tug-of-war during Bhaktapur's annual Bisket festival) and three main squares. In the west side of Bhaktapur, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the Taumadhi Tol dominates the post-fifteenth-century city, while in the east side Tachapal Tol rules.
Bhaktapur is world wide renowned for its elegant art, magnificent culture and its indigenous lifestyle. It is also known for its majestic monuments, colorful festivals and celebrations and the natives are best known for their long history of craftsmanship.
This marvelous city is also sometimes called the 'City of Culture', the Living Heritage' and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem' and it really lives up to its names.
Bhaktapur's jewel actually lies in the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square has an abundance of unique palaces, temples and monasteries, which are admired for their beautiful artworks in wood, metal and stone. The panoramic view of the Himalaya Mountains is the perfect setting for picture perfect opportunities.
Its not the culture, the heritage, the monuments or the natural wonders that makes Bhaktapur such a beautiful place, it's the way they all come together.