Located about 20 km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. A tour of Bhaktapur will introduce you to some of the major highlights of the city as it offers some of the finest examples of Newari stone, wood sculptures and architecture in Nepal. During the tour you will visit Bhaktapur Dunbar Square, a square that contains an innumerable number of temples and other major architectural showpieces including the Golden Gate, one of the most intricately decorated gates in the world. You can also visit the Palace of 55 Windows, a masterpiece of wood carving, Nyatapola Temple, Batsala Temple and Lion Gate and much more. The National Museum of woodcarving is also an interesting stop, which displays some fine examples of Bhaktapur woodcarving, as well as the National Art Gallery and a Bronze and Brass Museum which holds an excellent array of traditional metal work, including ceremonial lamps and ritual vessels.
There is the option to partake in some mountain biking today and venture out on a great adventure around the ancient city of Bhaktapur where you can explore more of the wonderful sights that the city has to offer. You can either hire a bike on an hourly or daily basis and explore the city and its surrounding areas independently, or you can hire a bicycle and pay for a specialist guide who can take you on numerous round trip biking routes that can vary in duration from a few hours to a few days, depending on the extensity of the trip that you desire.…Read more
Potters Square is the centre of Bhaktapur's ceramic industry and is exactly what it says on the tin - a public square with row after row of clay pots drying in the sunshine. This is a fascinating place to explore as you can observe hardworking craftsmen working away on their treadle-power wheels, or watch the firing process firsthand at the back of the square which is lined with mud-covered straw kilns. Several shops surround the square, selling the finalised product and some even offer the chance for you to try your hand at pottery. Alternatively you can simply sit back and enjoy this old world charm unfold before you.…Read more