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“worth a visit, but not worth the high entrance fee as overcrowded by strollers who do not have to pay”

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: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is worth a visit. It is a bit like Patan Durbar in the south of Kathmandu City Centre, only larger and many, many shops. One has to pay an entrance fee of about 10 euro which I find very high (it is more than the Taj Mahal), considering that many people just pay nothing as there are so many entrances without a ticket booth. It should either be cheaper, then one does not feel so cheated as a western tourist, or totally free for everybody. We do sponsor the shops around the place, that is helping the economy of the country as well.
When I went there it was very full (what do you expect when only a few of the visitors have to pay an entrance fee), could not take one decent picture. That is annoying. What do I pay for? To see something that every non western visitor can use for free , to have lunch, to bother the few visitors who paid. If I pay to see or admire a monument or a place, one expects something in return ...

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Bhaktapur is just so scenic, the architecture is just stunning and when you combine Bhaktapur’s Durbar square with the nearby, 200 metres to Taumadhi square and another 200 metres to Dattatraya square its just a beautiful town. Durbar square is cordoned off so you’re not jumping out of the way of motorcycles like in Kathmandu and there are far less people than Kathmandu or Patan squares making a stroll around here a very pleasant experience. The posted photos tell their own story of how good it looks.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1400m above sea level. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan.

Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines.

Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.

Thank Krishna L
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Definitely worth a half day to see the temples and monuments. Please hire a guide, you will get so much more out of your visit.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

My husband and I didn't have much time to visit all durbar squares so among the three choices, we quickly scratched out Kathmandu. While still curious about Patan, we decided to go to Bhaktapur because (from reading review and guide book) it sounds like there were more sights to see in Bhaktapur. We were not disappointed. We stayed overnight there to lose the tourist crowd and have the town for ourselved early in the morning.

Thank ND i
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