Bhaktapur, the word literally translates to the city of devotees also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, is the home of medieval art and architecture.
Lying 14Km east corner of Kathmandu city. It is popular as the City of Culture the ˜Living Heritage, and ˜Nepal Cultural Gem. It is an ancient Newar city place was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at the height of 4600 ft. above sea level. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley and was the capital of Nepal during the great ˜Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Today it is the third largest city in the Kathmandu Valley, with a population of more than 80,000, of which the vast majority are still Newars.
Historically more isolated than the other two kingdoms, Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language. This temple, which was also built by King Bhupatindra Malla, is the best example of the Pagoda style and stands on five terraces, on each of which stands a pair of figures, famous strong men, elephants, lions, griffins, and goddesses. Bhaktapur has the best-preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. The city is famous for the special type of curd called â€œJu Ju(king) dhau(curd).
Time permitting, a visit to the museum of Thanka painting can also be considered. A 30-minute walk brings you to the Dattatreya temple and Pujari Math which can also be done provided there is plenty of time at the client’s disposal. Either way, a trip to Nepal would not be complete without visiting this magnificent ancient city filled with many things to see and do as well as collecting historical moments.