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“An excellent day out.”

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
Ranked #3 of 32 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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had a guide for the time we were here and it was well worth it as he showed us things which weren't mentioned in our guide book, and took us down little paths and streets which we might otherwise not have found.This medieval city is well preserved and gives a real flavour of the old Nepal. It feels calm and peaceful there and the wooden carving is very elaborate. Worth a try is the juju dhua a delicious curd/yoghurt served in a throwaway terracotta dish.This place is a must on your itinerary.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Bhaktapur Durbar Sq is the oldest and most ancient of the three Durbar squares in Kathmandu. It feels much quieter than the other two with more locals going about their daily lives. The only set back is they charge 1100rps per person where are Patan is 550 and KTM 750rps. The other thing is they charge another 100rps to get into the museum of art which is not that interesting. If you go on a Tuesday the museum is shut but you can go in the 55 windows palace. I did not go on a Tuesday so I cannot say what its like inside.. The last thing you must do in Bhaktapur is try the curd or natural yogurt, It comes in a flat clay bowl and is wonderfully creamy on top and slightly sour underneath. If you visit in August check to see if Gai Jatra festival when the gods and goddess come out to dance..

2  Thank Phil P
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

remember to hire a guide so you know what to visit and where. lots of small but interesting nooks and crannies. plus you get to hear a lot of stories and history.
there were paintings galore - really pretty ones. you can also go visit a painting school to see how the Buddhist paintings are made. plus you might even get to watch painters capturing the square on their canvas.
a place to just walk around and soak in the atmosphere.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is "ancient Nepal" preserved with care for us to see and relish. For historic minded, it can be a 1 full day tour. For others, 1/2 a day is enough. As usual, 1,000/- NRs is the entrance fee. The place ( slightly 1 sq km) portrays how an ancient Nepalese royal town looks like. Even the pathways are red brickwork made. No modern roads! A good restaurant with reasonable pricing is in the area. Generally one is free to roam around without touts harassment. Foreigners must not miss this place if they intend to experience a slice of Nepalese history that is still made available. One can go there by hiring a taxi for NRs 600/- one way. R. Nathan, Ipoh, Malaysia

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Sipping honey ginger tea at the roof of Cafe Nyatapola located at the centre of Bhaktapur Darbar Square overlooking the colorful view of the life below where spiritual music was echoing and shadows of beautiful Himalayas at a distance is one of my most cherished memories of recent Nepal trip. The place is clean, vibrant and peaceful. Yes, there is a flood of guides who meet you at the entrance but you can politely say "no" to carry on by yourself. Bhaktapur offers an experience of the ancient life, local food, shopping (antique, accessories, clothes etc.), potter's village, Tanka Painting schools and much more in a less crowded and cleaner set up as compared to other tourist places in Kathmandu. There are half-day tours that can be arranged to visit the place which is just about 40-50 minutes’ drive from Kathmandu. I used the travel desk of my hotel. But, it would be a great idea to spend a night at this place as there are many places for budget travelers (as I heard). Seeing some of the guesthouses from outside was very inviting and I do wish to stay at one of the places in the near future!

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