Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

 Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon:

Bhaktapur is located about 20 km east of Katmandu Valley, It is also known as the “City of Devotees” the “City of Culture” the “living Heritage “Bhaktapur is one of the old but the small settlement of Newar Community. The City is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet. Also known as Bhadgoan, this place was founded in the 9th Century and is shaped like a conch shell. The city is at a height of 4600 ft. above sea level. In Bhadgaon, you will visit the Durbar Square with its array of temples overlooked by the Palace of 55 windows built by King BupatindraMalla. The Nyatapola Temple, also built by King BhupatindraMalla, is the best example of Pagoda style and stands on five terraces on each of which stands a pair of figures - two famous strong men, two elephants, two lions, two griffins and two goddesses. Time permitting, a visit to the museum of Thanka painting can also be considered.

Major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

55 window palace
The Palace of Fifty-five Windows was built during the reign of the Malla King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD and was remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century. Among the brick walls, with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving. It is also known as one of the oldest monuments present in Nepal.

Nyatapola Temple
Nyatapola in Newari language means five stories - the symbolic of five basic elements. This is the biggest and highest pagoda of Nepal ever built with such architectural perfection and artistic beauty.

Bhairava Nath Temple
The Bhairab Nath Temple is dedicated to Bhairava the most fierce and manifestation aspect of lord Shiva.

Golden Gate
The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the Hindu goddess Kali and Garuda (mythical griffin) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is embellished with monsters and other Hindu mythical creatures of marvelous intricacy. Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic, and historian described the Golden Gate as "the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom; it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings." The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of fifty-five windows.