Bhaktapur is also called as Bhadgaon or Khwopa. Bhaktapur was probably found in the ninth century. It is an ancient Newari town which is situated 14 km east of Kathmandu city. It is one of the 3 historic cities of Kathmandu Valley. You can easily reach Bhaktapur by a taxi or by a Bhaktapur Express from Bag Bazar bus stop.
Bhaktapur means "the city of devotees". The city is famous for Yoghurt. Bhaktapur is a home of traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich in local customs and culture. There are many places to visit in Bhaktapur, Like :-
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
It is one of the world heritage sites in the country. It reflects rich culture, art and architectural designs. Golden gate is the enterance to the main countyard of the Palace of 55 windows. This Golden gate was known as the world's most beautiful and richly carved specimens. Also near the main gate there is the statue of Bhairab And Ugrachandi. It was said that the artist whomade this statue had his hand cut off by the order of Bhaktapur King so that he would not made such staute again in Kathmandu And Patan.
Naga Pokhara is the bathing tank from the early sixteenth century. When you enter from the Golden Gate right towards the doorway leads to the Naga Pokhari.
As you enter to the left of the Palace out door passage stands impressive doorway details of the Goddes Taeju and her heavenly presents in the wood. And beyond it lies the beautiful, Polychrome Mul chock.
Although Kumari Chock is smaller it is as old as beautiful as Mul Chock. When you enter into the Mul Chock, the door facing you across the courtyard is the Kumari Chock.
Pashupati Mandir in Bhaktapur also known as Yakshewar is the oldest structure of Bhaktapur which has illustrious of Pashupatinath Linga. Infront of it there is there is mid eighteenth century Batsala Durga Temple is located.
Chyasin Mandap is located at the opposite of the palace of 55 windows which is used by bhaktapur king to watch the Festivals and Processions.
This temple is 30m tall and it is the tallest temple in the Kathmandu Valley built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 AD. It has a figures of wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses on its five terraces.
It was originally built by King Jagar Jyoti Malla as one-storey pagoda but in 1718 AD King Bhupenda Malla changed it into a three storey temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav who is the god of Terror.
This temple was built in 1427 AD and it is said that it was built from a single tree.
Bhaktapur National Art Gallery
You can see the rare paintings, manuscripts with painted covers. Gallery also contains brass, bronze, stone and wooden images. It shows the medieval art tradition of Nepal.
Potter’s Square is Located at the north towards the Durbar Square and south to the river. Still now Bhaktapur Potter is being manufacturing simple water drinking Pot Vessels, Flower Vessels, disposal Yogurt pots and different other household and house decorative vessels. Touris can also try to make Pots or mud vessels on request.
Tourists has to pay an entry fee of Rs 1500 to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.