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Bhaktapur Nepal: The Serene City of Devotees , Culture & Heritage
On second day of our stay in OYO Kathmandu with Scout My trip and fellow bloggers , we decided to explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley. After exploring the glorious Patan Durbar Square we went to Bhaktapur.
Bhaktapur is one of the pristine cities of Kathmandu valley which in fact is living example of how the locale would have appeared during the medieval periods. The beautiful architecture, the breathtaking landscape and towering pagoda-style temples adorn this city.
Bhaktapur literally translates to “place of devotees” and indeed is visited by devotees from the remotest corners. Durbar Square of this divine city is a UNESCO world heritage site.
How To Reach ?
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is centrally located in the city of Bhaktapur which is about 17 kms from Thamel. You can either take a bus from the nearby bus stand or a private cab to reach the ancient city of Nepal.
Let’s Go Back In Time
Bhaktapur is also famously known by its ancient name, Khwopa; “Bhadgaon”, “Ancient Newari Town”, “City of Culture” and “Living Heritage” are few other names of this popular city. The grandeur of this city is such that every individual visiting Bhaktapur is instantly transported centuries behind in time and mesmerised by the ambiance of the place. History holds this city in great significance as Bhaktapur used to the ruling kingdom of the great king Yaksha Malla in 15th century.
A Visual Treat For Art Admirers
Scattered with numerous palaces, temples and monasteries, this place is a visual treat for art admirers as they are sure to subsume themselves in its beauty and serenity. The magnificent artworks of wood, stone and metal are absolutely captivating to view. Monuments are also a significant part of this place: they are made up of terracotta, consisting of beautifully carved wooden columns followed by perfectly constructed windows and doors with roofs and pinnacles painted in golden hue that glimmer in the sun rays.
There are innumerable Buddhist monuments alongside the Hindu shrines signifying the social and religious harmony that exists in the city, explaining a single fact – all religions and religious beliefs culminate at a single point, mutual harmony. The cultural traditions of the city are at par with the structural richness. The conventional dances and festivals are perceived with enormous zeal and fervour in order to entertain the travellers as well as showcase their rich culture for them to appreciate.
Doors of Bhaktapur
Places You Should Explore
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is considered a gem of this city and it consists of the 55 Window Palace comprising intricately carved windows and doors and is a world famous structure exclusively found in the Kathmandu valley.
Adjacent to the 55 Window Palace is the huge and famous Golden Gate forms the entrance for a brilliant Taleju Temple that incorporates multiple chowks built in traditional artistic taste. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple but visitors can check out Naga Pokhari , ritual pond of the former Royal Family.
Many temples such as the Nyatapola Temple aka 5 Storey Temple , Narayana Temple, and Bhairavnath Temple, among others, embellish this holy city.
Pottery Square is another beautiful site in the city where you can see many potters making beautiful pots of clay on the potter’s wheel.
In the by lanes of Bhaktapur market , you’ll find quirky shops selling Gurkha Kukri Knives , clay pots , souvenirs , paintings and other things.
Overall, Bhaktapur is a conglomeration of cultural, artistic, and religious places and traditions that is soaked in a rich heritage, inviting the tourists all over the globe to have a glimpse of the beautiful city and cherish the memories for a lifetime.
This visit to Bhaktapur was a part of our road trip from Delhi to Kathmandu organised by Scout My Trip. Do follow my road trips on Scout My Trip : Ankit Sharma