Bhaktapur: Beside the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is another beautiful and traditional ancient city in Nepal. Bhaktapur used to be the ruling throne of Kathmandu valley until king Yakshya Malla divided the kingdom into three sons. The term Bhaktapur refers to ‘‘the city of devetees’’. Bhaktapur is home for the ancient and traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and crafts, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture region, festivals, and musical mystic and so on. It is an untouched as well as preserved ancient city of Nepal.
Famous places in Bhaktapur:
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Changunarayan Temple
- World’s tallest lord Shiva statue
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Bhaktapur Durbar Square is situated in the east corner of Kathmandu valley which is also known as Bhadgaonor or Khuwopa. Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains lots of temple and place of interest one can see. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient Nepali arts like golden gate, 55 windows temple, statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Bhaktapur Museum, Krishna Temple, Big Bell, Dog Barking Bell, Taleju Bhagwati Temple etc are the main attraction that attracts tourist to visit the place once. The Durbar Square is also hub for the local resident to get refreshment form their busy time.
Changunarayan temple: This is one of the ancient temple for hindu followers located in the hill top that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri. This temple was built in third century with some finest samples of stone and wood and metal crafts. Changunarayan temple is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. This temple is considered as the oldest temple in the history of Nepal. It is double roofed temple dedicated to the lord Vishnu as his incarnation of Narayan.
Nagarkot: Nagarkot is a best spot to enjoy the views of Himalayas that lies in the altitude of 2175 m above from the sea level. Nagarkot commands one of the broadcast views of the himalayas in the Kathmandu valley. The ranges like Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling Range, Mahalangur Range (Everest range) and Numbur range and also provides the views of the Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National park.
World’s tallest lord Shiva statue: Kailashnath Mahadev statue is the world’s tallest Shiva Statue situated in Sanga on the border of the Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchowk district about 20km away from Kathmandu. The statue is 144ft (44m) in the height and was made suing copper, zin, concret and steel.