Bhaktapur, also known as a bhadgaon is the third major city in the valley. It is very interesting place to see old things. we can see old type of temple, monastery, country yards and monumental squares and the site streets are peppered with shrines. The lack of the traffic makes walking through bhaktapur a particular pleasure. The town’s cultural life is also vibrant, with strong communities of potters, weavers and woodcarvers. The oldest part of the town is around tachupal tole to the east. Bhaktapur was the capital of the valley during 14th to 16th centures
Bhaktapur rise up on the northern bank of the hanumante river. it is basically a pedals train’s city, public buses stop at navpokhu pokhari on the western edge od town and tour buses stop at the tourist bus park. Both are a short walk from the heart of the city for visitors. It is really a town of one curving road which links several square then tamaudi tole with famous five story nyatapola temple then to tachupal tole.
Entrance fee is required to enter bhaktapure. US 10$ for foreign nationals tourist and RS 50 for SAARC national and Chinese tourist. Entrance fee collect at over a dozen place of the city. on the larger street, there are ticket booth. If you are staying in bhaktapur up to week, you need pay the entrance fee once but you most tell at the time of buying the ticket. for longer staying up to one year then visitor pass is available within a week of purchasing your entry ticket. Pass are issued by the bhaktapur municipality on the western end of durbar square and require to supply two photo and photocopy of your visa and passport
Place to visit in bhaktapur
Bhaktapur durbar square:-Bhaktapur’s durbar square is much larger then kathmandu’s, much less crowded with temple then patan’s and less vibrant then either. it sit in the west of bhaktapur
Erotic elephant temple:-just before you enter the bhaktapur durbar square, pause for a little bit newari humour, on right, about 70m before the main durbar square entrance gate, is tiny double roofed shiva and parvati temple with some erotic carving on its temple struts. There are copulating animal’s including elephant in the missionary position. it is the erotic elephant temple
King bhupatindra mall’s column :- king bhupatindra malla was the best known of malla kings of bhaktapur and had great influence of the art and architecture of the town. Like the similar column in patan’s durbar square. This column is copy of original in kathmandu. The king sits with folded arms, studding the magnificent golden gate to his palace.
Ugrachandi bhairab statues:- When enter the durbar square from the west passing by an entry gate we can see two large stone lines built by king bhupatindra malla. on the northern wall are statues of the terrible bhairab and equally terrible ugrachandi durga. The fearsome manifestation of shiva’s consort parvati. The statues built date is 1701. Ugrachandi has 18 arms holding various tantric weapons and symbols. She is in the act of casually killing a demon with a trident. Bhairab has 12 arms. both god and goddess are garlanded with necklaces of human heads
Batsala durga temple and talaje bell:- Beside the king’s statue and directly in front of the royal palace is the stone vatsala durga temple which was built by king jagat parkash malla in 1672. The shikhara style temple has some similarities to the krishna temple in patan. infront of the temple there is big taleju bell which was erected by king jaya malla in 1737
Bhaktapur Royal Palace:- Bhaktapure’s royal palace was founded by yaksha malla and was added to by successive kings, Particularly bhupatindra mall as with the old palace of kathmandu and patan.
National art gallery:- The western end of the palace has been made in to at art gallery. The entrance to the is flanked by figures of hanuman the monkey god and god vishnu as narayan, his man lion incarnation. these guardian figures date from 1698 and hanuman appears in tantric from as the four armed hanumab bhairab. The gallery has a collection of Hindu and Buddhist paintings, palm, leaf manuscripts, thankas and metal, stone and wood crafts. it is the best of the town’s three museums.
Golden get and 55 window palace:- Adjoining the gallery, the magnificent golden gate is the entrance to the 55 window palace. The golden gate is generally agreed to be the most important piece of art in the whole valley. The gate and 55 window palace were built by king Bhupatindra malla but were not completed until 1754 during the reign of ranjit malla.
There are many place around kathmandu to see great mountain view and natural beauty. Nagarkot is one of them. It is located 32 km east of kathmandu and is one of the most scenic sport for mountain view view watcher and natural lover in bhaktapur district. It is rich in its natural beauty, spectacular view of sunrise and sunset. It has a very clean environment with its natural resources and is covered with forests. It is one of the popular place for sunrise and sunset view. Travelers will be very lucky to catch more then glimpse through the clouds of some snow capped mountain in June to September. Nagarkot is very cold in autumn and winter so if staying over night then bring warm cloth. One night stay at nagarkot is enough but few visitor stay longer. although its possible to make some pleasant strolls in the surrounding country. There are number of walks to and from nagarkot and kathmandu. Walk down to sundarijal, sankhu, changu narayan,chisopani and banepa. nagarkot is on a ridge on the eastern rim of the valley and the extends all the way from dhaulagiri in west, Everest view and kanchenjanga in east.
Nagarkots’s accommodation is spread out along the dirt track that heads north from the bus stop. Most of the hotel and guest house are at the top of the hill.15 minutes walk from bus stop and many hotel’s room offer Himalayan views from bed. very difficulty to get tourist direct bus from kathmandu so need to catch local bus from kathmandu to bhaktapur then change next bus to nagarkot. Because of inconvenience of tourist, now a days one tourist bus run daily from kathmanduat 1:30 pm from lekhnath marg, near to hotel malla and return next day 10 am from the galaxy view tower at nagarkot. Walking to and from nagarkot is an interesting and alternative walking possible which are below
Nagarkot to sankhu:- From nagarkot a dirt road goes to sankhu through katike village then take a left edge of down for more interesting walk take minor road that turn off sharply to the right down
Nagarkot to changu narayan temple:- walking down to changu narayan is more interesting then to walk bhaktapur from nagarkot. its very easy to see the long spur of kathmandu valley. The changu narayan beautiful temple is on the top of this bump on the ridge line. the walking trail from nagarkot parallels the road to bhaktapur along a ridge, take the climbs up hill through a pine forest for about 20 minutes to reach until top of the ridge and then follow the ridge line then down to changu narayan. The shining roof of the chang unarayan appears above the village of changeu itself, from where sone paved street leads to the temple.
Nagarkot to sundarijal:-from nagarkot it takes 2 days to reach sundarijal following the valley rim. From sundarijal can walk to gokarna, bodhnath. then kathmandu and also possible to continues to shivapuri the buddhanilkanth. The trail follows through the village of kattike then turns right to jorsim pauwa then down through baag dhara to chowki bhanjyang. from chowki bhanjyang one hour walk to bhotichour then walk return to chowki bhanjyang then goes to chautara then goes to mulkharka then sundarijal.
Nagarkot to banepa:- The town of banepa is 29km far from kathmandu valley and its main town on the way to dhulikhel on the arniko highway. From nagarkot start the walk near the look out tower at the southern part of the ridge and follow a steep descent to the southeast. The trail pass through nala with interesting temple then reach to banepa and then by bus back to kathmandu
Dhulikhel:- Dhulikhel is another interesting place. It is just 32km far from kathmandu. it is popular as a Himalaya view point. Dhulikhel is also good center for short day trek. Many visitors goes there to stretch their legs before setting for longer treks. Better view can be found from hill by kali temple, 30 minuets walk along the namobuddha