Known as the ‘City of Devotees’, the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’ and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’, Bhaktapur is one of a trio of royal cities that dominate Kathmandu Valley’s history. Brimming with stunning monuments, mostly brick with carved wood columns, fascinating palaces and intricate temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards, this city is abundant with colourful pagodas and religious shrines. These towering temples, which pepper the medieval squares, comprise some of the finest religious architecture in the entire country. Situated along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is ringed by mountains and provides a spectacular view of the Himalaya in fine weather.
Bhaktapur remains refreshingly free of traffic and pollution and the narrow streets that wind past red-brick houses and hidden courtyards are dotted with local shrines, obscure temples, significant statues, cisterns and wells. Boasting a rich, cultural heritage local potters with their drying pots and open kilns adorn squares, artisans weave cloth and carve timber in roadside homes and locals gather together in communal courtyards to socialise, trade, collect water and partake in serious card games. A small fee is charged at the town entrance, which goes towards protecting, restoring and maintaining the temples and allows you to explore this slice of Nepali life.