As we walk down narrow alleyways lined with aging brick buildings, it’s impossible to not feel enchanted by the city of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It boasts the most temples per square foot and is the hub of Newari handicrafts, it has been nicknamed ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem.’ Cultural life is also proudly on display. Along narrow alleyways, artisans weave cloth and chisel timber, magnificent windows, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, squares are filled with drying pots. To view this tapestry of Nepali life, visitors must pay entry fee, which helps in repair and maintenance.
Top 5 Things to do In Bhaktapur
A yogurt-esque treat made from sweet milk that is traditionally spiced with cinnamon and cardamom. Bhaktapur is known for it.It is called ‘juju dhau‘ which literally translates as “the king of curds.” Thus, it also goes by the name of “Royal Curd.” First, buffalo milk is boiled; and it is poured into the traditional clay pot which is known as “kataura” or “maato ‘ko’ kataura”. Clay pots must be warm but prior to this process, clay pots are poured into the water to prevent them from absorbing milk from the curd.
The Golden Gate is a visual highlight of Durbar Square. Set into a bright red gatehouse surrounded by white palace walls, the fabulous golden portal boasts some of finest repoussé metalwork. The gilded torana features a fabulous Garuda wrestling with a number of supernatural serpents, while below is a four-headed and ten-armed figure of the goddess Taleju Bhawani. Construction began during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla (r 1696–1722), and the project was completed by Jaya Ranjit Malla, in 1754. His death was marked as the end of the Malla dynasty and the end of the golden age of Newari architecture in Nepal.
3. Sit atop the Nyatapola Temple
The Taumadhi Square is home to Nepal’s largest pagoda temple, Nyatapola. The temple was built in 1702, is dedicated to Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The multi-roofed temple offers a fantastic view of the square and all its shops and surroundings. The stone stairwell leading to the top of the temple is flanked by statues of legendary beings at each step. Once you make your way up, you feel rather untouchable towering over the rest of the world below.
4.The 55 Window palace
The Palace of Fifty-five Windows is found in the center of Durbar Square. This palace is usually used for royal ceremonies, starting from Jaya Malla, the last of the Malla Kings. It was named as such because of the fifty-five balconies, that are proof of the talented wood carvers in ancient Nepal. The palace opens out to several courtyards, but you need to take the entrance from the Golden Gate. The building now houses the National Art Gallery; this museum is best known for its rich collection of paubha scroll paintings and breathtaking artworks in stone.
5. See Tradition Practiced at Pottery Square
Pottery is one of mankind’s most enduring traditions. In Bhaktapur, you can see just how withstanding this tradition still remains at Pottery Square. The whole process of creating ceramics out of clay can be traced with potters breathing life into shapeless mud on their traditional wooden wheels while others leave their finished pieces to bake under the hot sun. It’s a beautiful sight to see as no signs of modernization seem to influence the time-tested creative process of the earthenwares sold here. Customers can take their pick off the freshly made ones, or they can also have something made and customized on the spot.