Major attractions in Bhaktapur
1. 'Laaku' the Durbar square
"Were there nothing else in Nepal, save the Durbar Square of Bhatgaon (Bhaktapur), it would still be amply worth making a journey halfway around the globe to see."
Powell ‘The Last Home of Mystery, 1929, London"
The world heritage site of Bhaktapur Durbar Square used to be the palatial area of Malla dynasty from 16th to 18th AD.The palace of 55 windows,golden gate and temples enhance this world heritage site as one of the major attractions in Bhaktapur.
2. Taumadhi square
A short walk towards southeast from the Durbar square leads to Taumadhi square. Taumadhi is one of the main heritage areas inside Bhaktapur city.Nyatapola, the five storied temple, 18th AD and Bhairavnath temple,16th AD dominate the square.
3. Dattatreya square
Lord Dattatreya is the unique embodiment of the holy trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswor in a single body. The temple of Dattreya is located at Dattatreya square, an important heritage site located in the eastern part of Bhaktapur. The temple was built in 1427 A. D. by the king Yaksa Malla but the present structure is from time of the King Vishwa Malla, 1458 A. D. A figure of Lord Dattatreya is placed inside the inner sanctum of the temple. Like the legend of Kasthamandap in Kathmandu the belief is the wood for the temple came from a single tree runk.
4. 'Talako' the pottery square
Pottery Square - a handicraft site located 5 mins walk east from Krishna House
Pottery, an ancient craft practiced in Bhaktapur is one of the living cultural heritage of this medieval city. At 'Talako' the pottery square the art of pottery is displayed with expertise handed down as family trade from one generation to another for centuries.
The earthen artifacts created on potter's wheel are mostly utensils used for religious, cultural and daily purposes. To make their wares the potters use black clay, a special type of clay dug from the fields around Bhaktapur. The clay mixed with sand and water is molded and placed at the center of the potter's wooden wheel. The potter uses a stick to rotate the wheel to an ideal speed so that he can use his both hands to create his crafts, which are later dried out in sun and ultimately put inside traditional oven to bake them ready for use.
5. "Bihars" The Buddhist courtyards
Religiously Nepal is unique in the sense that Hindus and Buddhists live in Harmony. Newars, the original residents of Kathmandu valley exemplify the synchronization of life style of Hindus and Buddhists.
In Bhaktapur Kuthu vahi, Jhaur vahi, Chatu Brahma vihar, Muni vihar and Prasannasil vihar are among the well known buddhist monasteries.
6. Backstreets of Bhaktapur
People of Bhaktapur live inside homes built in the backstreets, where you will find life of Bhaktapur. Here, people socialize, enjoy festivals just as they have been doing for generations. Visitors have remarked that exploring the alleys of Bhaktapur is like going back in time or like being in a living museum.
7. Wood carvings
Nationally and internationally wood carvers of Bhaktapur are famous for their skill in wood carving. As you walk around the town you will see fine work of wood carving everywhere; on windows and doorways of homes, temples and struts holding the roofs. Wood carving remains one of the major attractions of Bhaktapur.
8. "Lho hiti" the water Spouts
Water spouts are carved out of stones. As fine work of art they are beautiful to observe.In Bhaktapur the oldest water spout evident dates back to Lichhavi period i.e. before 12th AD.In the old days drinking water used to flow from these artifacts. These water spouts are found in sunken courtyards at different places inside Bhaktapur.
Na pukhu - 2 mins of walk from Krishna House
There are 33 ponds in the town of Bhaktapur built during the Malla reign.Since the houses inside the town are clustered the basic purpose of these ponds is to make water available in case of fire.Siddha pokhari, na pukhu, Bhajya pukhu, Nag pukhu, Khachha are well known for their historical background.
10. Falicha - sheltors
Throughout the streets of Bhaktapur one will find sheltors either on the ground floors of houses or as single storey buiidings. These sheltors known as 'falichas' are usuaslly open at three sides. The houses or the roofs above them are supported by wood carved pillars. In the evenings, holidays and festivals these falichas are commonly used for resting and socializing.
'Biskaa Jatra' a major festival in Bhaktapur continues for nine days in April, the time of good weather, spectacular mountain views and flowers.Read More