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“Hindu Temple”

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Bhaktapur
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Kuala Lumpur
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“Hindu Temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

If short of time, skip Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is by fair the best in terms of layout and cleanliness. Entrance free is the highest at Rs1100 as compared to Rs750 and Rs500 respectively.
People are friendly and helpful. Decided to go on own instead of engaging a tour guide. It's not a money issue. At other places, halfway through the tour, we were taken to shops where the tour guides were given commission of sales. Valuable time wasted at such places.
Overall the ground is pretty extensive; requires at least 2 hours to cover the several temples. Must visit this temple.

Visited June 2013
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“Like an ancient Kathmandu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Bhaktapur is a 45 minute taxi ride from Kathmandu which is an expeience in itself. It's also a cheap ride once you haggle the price down by 60%, so make sure you do. On arrival, you have to pay an entrance fee, but go mid afternoon and you can get in for free (you could the day we went anyway). Bhaktapur is amazing. It's like Kathmandu must have been hundreds of years ago and before the westerners and Indians came and changed it forever. There's a lot to see here, from the largest Pagoda in the area (Pagodas were originally nepali and the Chinese copied them) to pottery square, to wandering the old streets and seeing the locals live their lives without the influence of tourism. This can be hard to see at times as life is hard here, but it's a sight to see none the less, and you can help them by buying things within Bhaktapur. I would consider this town a must see and Bhaktapur's Durbar square is better (in my opinion) than Kathmandu's.

Visited March 2013
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Bandung, Indonesia
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“crowded but peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

beautiful Hinduism temples.. just stay here you never dissapointed. Had a good shopping here also.. becareful of pick-pockets!!!!

Visited June 2013
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“a MUST-SEE Site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

I have only 1.5 days in Kathmandu coming back from the Last Resort. And was recommended to visit Bhaktapur since I had only such as short time and needed to do some souvenir shopping.

The is entrance charges for this site, USD 15 or NPR 1100. This money apparently goes to the preserving the site since it is marked as a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The place is huge and you can either take between 1-5 hours depending on what you wanna see.

The place is not as per other developed countries tourist site where there are description signs around the site rather you are only give a small DL size leaflet with minimal description of the various temples and sites. So if you want a great experience, hire a guide. I did a one hour tour around with a guide that charged me NPR500. You can negotiate for longer periods if you want to tour the site longer. Choose a guide that you are comfortable with his accent of your preferred language They will approach you so do not expect a guide who is wearing a pass or a badge.

Bhaktapur has plenty of temples mostly HINDUs and also a Buddhist temple. The building architecture is a fantastic sight and with a guide you can understand the history, the signifance of the each of the temple or buildings. I truly enjoyed the NARROW STREET looking at the way of life for the Bhaktapur people.

Your guide might take you to a ART SCHOOL, which for me it is disguise as a art shop aimed at tourist. The person - so called volunteer is rude when you are there just to view. Prices for the art in my opinion is a expensive and in my opinion not a SCHOOL.

Shopping in Bhaktapur will be cheaper for souvenirs such as Singing bowls, pottery, scarfs and other stuff. Be sure to bargain at least 30-50% off the asking price. Once you bargain and the price is agreed, please BUY IT cause remember they are there to make some money so do not waste their time or they will be angry.

Bring along a HAT, Umbrella or something to cover your head as it can get quite hot.

Lastly, though it is a MUST SEE site but highly recommended for

- EC tourist
- Australians
- Photographers
- Historical Buffs
- Americans

For a South East Asian like myself, i found it rather similar to our understanding of the Hindu Gods and also the historical meanings of temple and worship.

But still a GREAT site to visit.

Visited June 2013
Thank Lapi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Lovely to see all of the buildings and architecture. Also, in Bhaktapur it seemed more authentic than Kathmandu as you're not dodging motorbikes constantly. Easy to walk around and lots of market streets to wander down. Taumadhi Square, next door is better for cafes and people watching though

Visited May 2013
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