Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Ancient RuinsPoints of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
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The ancient city Bhaktapur lies on the Eastern part of Kathmandu valley which is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa. The historical monument on around signifies medieval age culture and tradition of Nepal and this old city is inhabited by indigenous Newari people in large group. you can visit to this place to experience Nepali culture,tradition,religion from right way.we are here to support you for your tours.
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  • Ujjwal Rana
    Nepal46 contributions
    Bhaktapur Darbar Square from Balkot
    Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located just a few kilometers away from Balkot, making it a must-visit destination for anyone staying in the area. The square is a stunning display of ancient architecture and culture, with its temples, palaces, and courtyards showcasing the rich history of the region. As someone who has visited Bhaktapur Durbar Square multiple times, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Nepal. The intricate carvings and designs of the temples and palaces are truly breathtaking, and the vibrant atmosphere of the square is sure to leave a lasting impression. Whether you're interested in history, architecture, or simply want to experience the local way of life, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is not to be missed. Just a short distance from Balkot, it's the perfect day trip for anyone staying in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an absolute must-visit if you're traveling to Nepal. The stunning architecture and rich history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will leave you speechless. The intricate details on the temples and monuments are truly impressive and a testament to the skilled craftsmanship of the Newari people. Walking around the square is like stepping back in time, with the ancient palaces, temples, and statues transporting you to another era. The lively market stalls and shops add to the bustling atmosphere, and the street food is a must-try. Make sure to hire a knowledgeable guide to fully appreciate the history and cultural significance of the site. The entrance fee is a bit steep, but it's worth every penny for the experience. I highly recommend visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square during your trip to Nepal. It's a true gem and one of the highlights of my travels in the country. Entry Fee for Bhaktapur Durbar Square For Foreign Nationals: US$ 15 or NRs. 1500 For SAARC Nationals: NRs. 500 For Chinese Nationals: NRs. 500
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 16, 2023
  • P V
    Pinner, United Kingdom177 contributions
    Less busy that Durbar (Central) Square.
    Lovely peaceful square. Less busy that Durbar (Central) Square. Lovely temples and art works including pottery. Take time to have some coffee at the square and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Feels like this square is part of a peaceful village with amazing buildings and temples.
    Visited September 2022
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Asia Experiences
    Kathmandu, Nepal133 contributions
    An amazing tour in Bhaktapur !!!
    The serene square exudes a sense of tranquility, offering a peaceful respite from the bustling crowds of Durbar Square. It boasts charming temples adorned with exquisite artistry, including captivating pottery creations. Take a leisurely moment to savor a cup of coffee in the square and relish the serene ambiance that envelops you. It almost feels as if this square is a cherished part of a tranquil village, with its remarkable buildings and temples adding to the allure of the surroundings.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,834 contributions
    Overwhelming architectural beauty
    Durbar Square means Royal Square. Like the Durbar Square of Kathmandu the Bhaktapur one amazes with treasures of old Nepalese architecture. Beautifully rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake, it is the heart of Bhakdapur. Temples, palaces and pilgrim shelters.
    Visited February 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • darren s
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom117 contributions
    3 hours well spent.
    This is Nepal as I imagined. The architecture is classical and beautiful. It is set within a large area with plenty of shops and cafes. We enjoyed a few teas on a square whilst listening to solemn Buddhist chanting. It beats Kathmandu Durbar square as it's less touristy.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • singhasam
    Weymouth, United Kingdom3,725 contributions
    Crammed with history.
    WHEN Nepal was hammered by two huge earthquakes in 2015 it lost more than 600,000 buildings. Many have now been restored but a huge amount of work still needs to be done. This was very evident eight years on when I strolled round Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The main square of the city is crammed with history including a rich mix of stone, terracotta and metal art, wood carving and architectural showpieces. There is the Golden Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla on top of stone monoliths the National Art Gallery, the palace of 55 windows, the big bell, erotic wood carvings and a host of other wonders. The list is endless. But everywhere there are glaring reminders of the earthquakes not least the incredible number of buildings still held up by baulks of timber or steel. And you don't have to walk far down side streets to find piles of bricks and rubble, stacks of carved timber awaiting their place in restoration work, huge cracks in buildings and spider webs of scaffolding. Nepal's rich history needs all the help it can get and recovering tourism is playing its part. Don't miss a chance to visit this wonderful place and do your bit to help finance recovery.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Nabin kafle
    Kathmandu, Nepal7 contributions
    blend of Scenery and Arts
    an amazing place with mix of culture and art. The area around the bhaktapur Darbar square is the town of bhaktapur. the local foods , th ehand crafted arts and the whole environment is pretty amazing t be a part of
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 23, 2024
  • ChockoChick
    25 contributions
    Worth the visit.
    Bhaktapur is definitely worth a visit. We traveled from Kathmandu in a taxi and were very happy with our guided tour. We also ate lunch at a restaurant whilst there and returned with fabulous photographs. I would recommend visiting.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2024
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Thoughtful100
Lincoln, UK237 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
So many seriously old beautiful buildings so close together in one square. Do visit if you can. The craftmanship is amazing in wood, brick, stone and metal. Most of the temples and monuments have been rebuilt or renovated after the 2015 earthquake but some construction work is still underway. They charge to enter the old town, and use the money to add to the restoration effort. Stay there at night to wander round when the crowds have gone - a magical place. In winter in the cold evenings we were the only foreign visitors there it seemed to us, how lucky we were.
Written January 22, 2020
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aswanly
aswan13 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Bhaktapur and all of Nepal is getting more and more touristic and that is what the country wants. It's a pity that with all the tourism also the charm of most places is dissapearing. The feeling I get by walking around Bhaktapur today is that I am seen as a money machine. You simply can't walk around the streets without being asked to come inside. When the shop keepers see you point your finger at something, they're next to you and getting pushy in trying to sell. The only thing that does with me is that I walk away from their shop because I don't feel free anymore. I am traveling to enjoy my time not to get pushed into buying something.
Written January 2, 2020
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,911 contributions
Nov 2019
There are more than one Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley Nepal: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan - all three (3) of these Squares have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Bhaktapur is about 45 minute drive from Kathmandu city, and the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur (population 107,000) appears to be less crowded with tourists than the one in Kathmandu city (population 1.4 million). When we had visited Bhaktapur Durbar Square in November 2019, there was not much visible evidence of physical damage due to the 2015 earthquake to the structures when compared to Kathmandu - either the earthquake was less severe in Bhaktapur or the restoration work was completed faster here.
The architecture here at Bhaktapur Durbar Square is typical ancient Nepal style with several notable structures in and around the Square area:
Shiva Kedarnath temple, National Art Museum, Nyatapola Temple, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Gopinath Krishna Temple and more.
In addition to the Temples, there is the colorful "back streets" just off the square that have interesting shops to look at including a "Nepal Gurkha Knife" shop containing a variety of different styles - Interesting! It was well worth the drive to come visit Bhaktapur from the big city of Kathmandu.
Written April 26, 2020
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Rajeswary R
32 contributions
Dec 2019
I would recommend getting a tour guide if one is keen on knowing the the history and significance of this place. Walking around aimlessly without a tour guide will lead you to many beautiful buildings but without the true meaning and purpose of those buildings. Every corner seem to have rubble and some kind of upgrading/reconstruction going on. Place was dusty.
Written February 7, 2020
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Cuzco76
Glasgow, UK35 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Highly recommend this as a day trip with kids. You can take a taxi there from Kathmandu for 800 rupees there and 900 return. Entrance is free for under 10s . You are given a map with the ticket which gives you some information about the main sights or hire a tour guide. There’s a locally run coffee shop, lots restaurants to choose. Stunning sights but I would recommend going in the morning for decent photos without lots of other tourists. Kids really enjoyed it
Written December 23, 2022
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Syeda Adiba
Aurora, IL34 contributions
Jul 2022
This place has incredible architecture that is unlike any other. It is a must-visit place if you like old architecture. It requires about 1.5-2.5 hours to thoroughly visit the place. Mostly crowded with foreign visitors and locals. A ticket per person for SAARC countries is Nepali rupee 100. Not sure if there is any bathroom facility. No restaurants or cafes inside durbar square. But at the entrance, you can find small restaurants selling ice-creams, yogurts, etc. Souvenirs and bag shops are available if you want to do shopping. I suggest you take a tour guide if get all the history of the place because I believe if you go visit a place you should know the ins and outs, tourguide costs you 500 Nepali rupee. Each building has a different value and story. Pictures came really good in this place but as the place is crowded hard to find the right spot. Requires about 20mins from thamel to reach the place but there is always very traffic. carry an umbrella because there is no shed for rain or sun. Walk around the spot, get to know the back story of each building, and take good snaps, this spot has a lot to offer to its visitors.
Written July 29, 2022
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Sid
Hong Kong, China229 contributions
Feb 2020
Wow, i went early Sunday morning as it was all waking up. The old city is incredible, the buildings, the smells, the noise, the filth (its Nepal, of course its dirty), the shops and the general way of life here is mesmerising. . I took 100s of pictures and thoroughly enjoyed walking around this amazing old city .. .
Written February 24, 2020
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan2,083 contributions
Jul 2022
A former capital of one of the Nepali kingdoms during medieval times. One of the several historic sites in Kathmandu that you must visit. The buildings sustained quite a lot of damage during the 2015 earthquake but have undergone extensive repair.
Tourists must pay NPR 1,500 to enter to premises. Although it's slightly pricey, it's worth what you see.
Written August 7, 2022
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SuBeindra DH
Kathmandu, Nepal11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square) the whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley..wow what a wonderful city!!
Written January 15, 2020
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Shrikant R
10 contributions
May 2022 • Family
After our trek to Manaslu our tour company Green Valley Trekking organized a day trip to Bhaktapur. It is a short drive from Kathmandu. A UNESCO heritage site mostly rebuilt after the 2013 earthquake the site has 4 squares boasting numerous temples each one a jewel in its own right. Not to be missed is the Thangka School where students work on the ancient art under the guidance of masters, also a place to buy genuine thangkas. Another not yo be missed is the special sweet yoghurt called Juju dahu. The local market will entrance with its colors. One of the highlights is the peacock doorway called the Mona Lisa of Nepal.
Written May 18, 2022
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