Lying just 22 miles (35km) east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, also
known as the City of Devotees, was the capital of the Kathmandu
Valley during the 14th to 16th centuries, and the wealth of
fabulous architectural showpieces, soaring pagodas, richly
ornamented houses and medieval layout is testament to this period.
The whole town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with
palaces, temples, statues and squares connected by a maze of
largely pedestrian-only streets. The main central square, Durbar
Square, boasts many architectural attractions, including the Golden
Gate, the 15th-century Palace of 55 Windows and several statues of
ancient kings. The second main square of Taumadhi is presided over
by the graceful Nyatpola Temple, the tallest in the Valley atop a
five-story platform. Bhaktapur is also the centre of traditional
pottery and weaving industries in the Kathmandu Valley.
Transportation: Bus (45 minutes) or taxi from Kathmandu.
Admission: Foreigners are charged an entrance fee of Rs.