Bhaktapur is an ancient city in Nepal, famous for art, culture and festivals. It has more temples per square metre then Kathmandu or Patan. It was built in the 12th century and was capital of the Malla Kingdom until the 15th century. It is also known for the Newari people, a distinct ethnic group with their own language and culture. It is located 12km and is therefore an easy day trip from Kathmandu.
Like Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur also has a Durbar (Royal) square. Before political unification of Nepal, the country was ruled by small kingdoms and the royal square was the centre of political life. Like other Durbar (Royal squares), there is an admission fee for foreigners. A ticket can be extended for multiple visits, but you must inform the tourist office when you buy your ticket that you intend to come back. Also, like Kathmandu and Patan, it was extensively destroyed in the 2015 earthquake and has been undergoing reconstruction ever since.
In addition to Durbar square, Bhaktapur also has 2 other famous squares with impressive temples – Taumadhi and Dattatreya squares.
Just north of Bhaktapur, you can visit Nagarot, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas.
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