Explore Bhaktapur : A historic city in Kathmandu Valley

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From Thamel to Bhaktapur is where I started my trip. My trip is set up to go from Thamel to the Changu Narayan temple, then back to Dattatreya Square, Nyatapola Temple, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Bhaktapur is a historic city located in the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley. It is revered as the home of traditional Nepali culture, customs, and distinctive wood and pottery.

The ancient monuments all around represent Nepal's medieval era culture and customs, and this old city is inhabited by significant communities of indigenous Newari people.

Changu Narayan Temple

Changu Narayan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was my first stop. It was about 20 km from Thamel. There is a fee to enter the Changu Narayan temple and look around.

The entry fee for foreign nationals is 300 NPR and 200 for SAARC residents. After about 5 minutes of going toward the Changu Narayan temple finally I reached the point.

Due to Earthquake in 2015, the Changu Narayan Temple is seriously damaged and reconstruction is taking place, I cannot capture and explore the stone, wood, and metal artistry and temple structure clearly.

Changu Narayan Temple
Changu Narayan Temple, Renovation is ongoing

Changu Narayan Temple is often regarded as Nepal's oldest Hindu temple. This historic temple is devoted to the lord Vishnu. The temple and its grounds are littered with fifth-century stone inscriptions about Lord Vishnu.

Guards In Changu Narayan Temple
Guards In Changu Narayan Temple

Dattatreya Temple Square

After visiting this Changunarayan, I was backed towards Dattatreya Square. Dattatreya Square is about 4km from Changu Narayan Temple, On the way to Dattatreya temple, there are a lot of temples and sites of different gods. In every courtyard, we can see small temples, this is the beauty of historic towns such as Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.

After reaching the Dattatreya temple, it was wonderful to explore the temple's surroundings with Black Coffee.

Dattatreya Temple

Dattatreya Square is one of Bhaktapur's oldest squares. The square is located east of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Dattatreya Square is called after the square's major temple, Dattatreya. The square features an open middle space with two big temples and one minor temple.

Dattatreya Temple
Actual Dattatreya Temple

After roaming around the squares have found there is a Museum called Wood Carving Museum, No entry tickets are required. On the opposite Wood Carving Museum, behind the Dattatreya temple, There is also a beautiful wood-crafted window called the Peacock Window.

Peacock Window

The window is supposed to have been built in the 15th century. It is sometimes referred to as Nepal's "Mona Lisa." It is the most treasured item in the country.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Now it's time to explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is 10-12 minutes of walking distance from Dattatreya Square. It's easy to reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square, continue to stone walk away will lead straight towards the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square Main View
Bhaktapur Durbar Square Main View

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the most popular tourist site in Bhaktapur. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 55-window palace is one of the most intriguing monuments here. It was erected in 1427 AD by Malla King Yaksha Malla and renovated in the 17th century by King Bhupendra.

The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.

The Major attraction of Bhaktapur Darbar Square

Golden Gate

This is the main entrance to the palace. The craftsman who worked on this wonderful gate must be from Heaven. It is an eternal beauty in itself.

Golden Gate

55 Window Palace

55 Window Durbar

This is the dominant architectural structure that dominates the whole of Durbar Square. This amazing structure was created in the 15th century AD. King Bhupatindra Malla is seated on a massive column top, praying to God.

Nyatapola Temple

Nyatapola Temple
Nyatapola Temple

This is Nepal's most renowned, five-storied pagoda Style, Temple. This is Nepal's highest pagoda-style temple, created with architectural excellence and artistic beauty.

This temple is dedicated to Sidhilaxmi, the tantric goddess of supreme power and success.

Bhairava Nath Temple

Bhairav Temple

This temple is dedicated to Bhairava the God of terror and death.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square was also damaged by Earthquake, but renovation is completed.


The most famous and delicious variety of dhau is 'Juju dhau,' which is known for its rich taste and thick consistency. Bhaktapur is famous for its delicious 'Juju Dhau,' also known as the 'King of Curds.' Juju Dhau is served in a tiny clay pot and is produced with fresh buffalo milk.

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