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Bhaktapur is also known as City of Culture.

Bhaktapur is lying at 12 KM east of capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is "the city of Devotees". It is locally known as "Khwopa and Bhadgaon" which is world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture , colourful festivals, traditional dances and indigenouslifestyle of different people of different religion. For its majestic monuments, temples and the native typical newar lifestyle best known for their long history of craftsmanship, the ancient city is also variously known as the " City of Culture ", "Living Heritage " , "Nepal's Cultural Gem " and "An open museum". Given such unequaled opulence in ancient art and culture, Bhaktapur is more like an open museum, and the ambiance here is such that it instantly transports visitors back by centuries. This conch shaped hostoric city is spreading over an area of 6.88 square KM at 1,401 meters above sea level, which was founded in the 12th century by King Anand Dev Malla.Bhaktapur was the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom till the 15th century AD. The many of Bhaktapur's greatest monuments were built by thethen Malla rulers.

The ancient ritual dances and festivals are still observed by the locals with the same fervour and ehthusiasm as their ancestors did centuries ago. King Yaksha Malla (15th ventury) heavily fortified this city. Bhaktapur has its gem in Durbar Square and Changu Narayan temple-- a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO. Strewn with unique palaces, temples and monasteries best admired for their exquisite artworks in wood, metal and stone, the palatial enclave has bewitched pilgrims and travelers for centuries.Yet, they are not all though. Stretching all along the township, the panoramic Himalaya levitates in the skyline as if to keep vigilance on the city'senviable beauty and splendor.It grows from a collection of villages strung along the old trade route between India and Tibet.

  • Last visit to Bhaktapur: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 7, 2007
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  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    You read ALL of my tips?!Impossible! I keep adding new ones all the time! I just added one yesterday to Chicago! Please check again!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Bring back fond memories of Bhaktapur - I like the town square.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    what happened here - no write-up yet :-)

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Goutam- good page on this interesting place.That wooden peacock window is amazing.The NationalGallery looks like my kind of place. Thanks for sharing.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Great pages - especially enjoyed the royal bath and National Gallery. Will look for more Nepal posts.

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    Oct 30, 2007 at 6:28 AM

    Hello! We have not spoken for so long now. I hope you and your family are well? I am going to now read your updated information, regards Donna

  • besal's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2007 at 4:38 AM

    Great photos and tips!

  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2007 at 6:19 AM

    Your photos have given me a taste for Bhaktapur, I also enjoyed reading your pages. Nepal very intriging! Greetings from West Cork!

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