Bhaktapur city is popularly known for its fascinating culture, tradition, and festival. It is one of the oldest city of the Kathmandu valley in Nepal, historically known as Khwopring, Khwopa, and Bhadgaon. As the city has started civilization from the district, you can view numerous temples, its architectures, sculptures, and palace. The city shows the development of Hinduism and Buddhist religion from the city which shows Nepal’s history as one of the great civilization all over the world.
Some of the beautiful temples and palaces u can see in Bhaktapur city are- Nyatapola Temple (Paach-tale Mandir, Pachpanna Ghyal ( Palace of fifty-five- windows), Bhairab Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Poultry Square, Taumadhi Square, Bal-Kumari Temple at Thimi, ChanguNarayan temple in the east side of Bhaktapur. Beside the temple, you can also view their amazing sculptures and architecture, Stone-Taps, beautiful agricultural crops and so on. More exciting you can see is their culture and festivals which is popular all over the world which shows the real identity of Nepal. Here you can view Newari lifestyle reflecting their day to day activities which is center attraction for foreigners when visiting Bhaktapur. If you are fun in viewing natural beauty you can travel to Nagarkot- Bhaktapur to view beautiful hills and valley. People don’t just view their culture and their natural beauty but they also do other activities such as trekking and cycling or motorcycling.
Among all, I will be talking about one of the historical palace “Bhaktapur Durbar Square” explaining its beauty.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square- Pride of Nepal
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is been listen in UNESCO as one of the great world’s heritage site which made the city increasing visitors from different part of the world. Beside Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Another ancient Temple of Bhaktapur- Changu Narayan Temple is also listed in UNESCO as a world’s finest heritage site. Read about Changu Narayan Temple here.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square was built during the medieval period during Malla dynasty rule. It is situated in the heart of Bhaktapur city around 15 Km away from Kathmandu district- Capital city of Nepal. Bhaktapur durbar square is made in a Shikara style and has various other views and temples near palace like Lion’s Gate, Golden Gate, 55 windows, an art gallery, Statue of Bhupatindra Mall king. Near Bhaktapur Durbar square there is a Taumadhi Square where you can view one of the tallest temples in pagoda style- Nyatapola Temple, Bharav Temple TilmadhavNarayan temple, and another side you can see poultry square where you can see people making various objects with clay. and lots of clay objects all over the places around poultry square. With a little distance, you can also view Dattatreya Square. There you can view Dattatreya Temple. Composed of all these places makes Bhaktapur rich with the heritage and culture.
Things to View at Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The Lion’s Gate: A stone gate made with the state of two strong Hindu God- Bhairab and Ugarchandi and protective lion statues as a guard of the palace.
The Golden Gate: Golden Gate built by King Bhupatindara Malla. It is a very fascinating metal-work gate with a view of a different god and goddess. You can view goddess Kali and Garuda. And you can also see four headed and 10 armed goddesses of Taleju Bhawani known as a family deity of Malla Kings.
Palace of 55-Windows: Bult by King Bhupatindra Malla around 1677 AD. The Temple is named with the number of wooded windows showing the beauty of Nepal’s wood carving.
Art Gallery: It is a Gallery with beautiful ancient paintings related to Hinduism and Buddhist Thangka and other items related from 12 century.
Statue of Bhupatindra Malla: A statue joining Palm (Namaste) facing to Golden Gate build in the year 1699 AD.
Nyatapola Temple (Paach tale Mandir): The tallest pagoda temple constructed by Bhupatindra Malla dedicated to Goddess Siddhi Laxmi.
Bhairabnath Temple: Temple of Supreme deity of Bhaktapur Lord Bhairav with three-tiered temples build in 1547 AD by Bhupatindra Malla. Lord Bhairav is known for its terror face and death.
TilMadhav Narayan Temple: Hidden Temple built during 11th century dedicated to Lord Bishnu.
Dattatreya Temple: Temple in the east side of Tachupal Tole built around 1427 AD. dedicated to three-headed god and also a temple with three supreme Hindu God- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.