Bhaktapur Heritage Walk
If you wish to travel through time, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place to go. If you want the travelled time to remain, you have to walk with us through the ancient alleys of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Although only a few kilometers from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur Durbar Square feels like a world away – its stunning architecture is a beautiful tribute to the traditional Newa: architecture, its elements evoking sharp admiration for the craftsmen of the era, its people still practicing the same culture as they have been taught.
Come, let’s walk through time.
Note: Our walk through Bhaktapur is not going to be the traditional sightseeing activity. This itinerary wishes to engage you with their history and their culture – we will observe their lifestyles, try some local food, try on the traditional Newa: outfit for a photography session, and partake in a pottery making session.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Locally known as Khwopa, Bhaktapur Durbar Square comprises of four distinct squares: Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Pottery Square and Dattatreya Square).
The main square of the entire complex, the Durbar Square comprises of the 55 windowed palace, the Vatsala temple, statue of Bhupatindra Malla, with other scattered structures.
- 55 Windowed Palace: Commissioned by King Bhupatindra Malla, the 55 Windowed Palace (55 Jhyale Durbar) instantly generates admiration of a viewer – one cannot help but wonder how the artisans carved the intricate windows that surround the palace. The interior is closed, however there is an entrance to the inner courtyard through the Golden Gate (restricted access to non-Hindus).
- Vatsala Temple: Just beside the palace is the large Vatsala Temple with a huge bell on the side. The temple too includes several carvings which speaks volumes on the artistic talents of the craftsmen. The bell has a huge significance, which the accompanying guide will explain you as you trod along the cobbled streets.
We proceed to the Taumadhi Square which houses the imposing five-storied Nyata Pola Temple. Built between 1702 – 1703 by King Bhupatindra Malla, the temple while being a powerful temple, is also an architectural marvel. We can climb the stairs to get a view of the surrounding.
Outside the temple, a statue of King Bhupatindra is seen praying to Siddhi Lakhsmi, the Tantric Lakshmi who lives inside the temple and bestows auspiciousness to its worshippers.
Home to the royalty of Bhaktapur before the Durbar Square, the Dattatreya Square is a prominent courtyard with temples, museums, and several other structures. The main attraction of this square is the Dattatreya Temple, a monument dedicated to Dattatreya – a blend of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, also known as the Trimurti.
The temple is the oldest temple in Bhaktapur.
Pottery Square is a fascinating place – you are surrounded by different kinds of pottery made by local artisans in a traditional manner. The shapes, sizes, and the intricacies in the detailing inspire a huge admiration – the pottery is still handmade and baked in the sun. If the sun is shining, we are in for a treat.
Before moving on, we will try our hands at making pottery ourselves.
The Ponds of Bhaktapur:
Along the outskirs of Bhaktapur, there are several ponds. They were constructed during the medieval period to store water for human consumption and continue to play an important role in the lives of the locals. We will visit a few of these ponds, namely Siddha Pokhari, Bhaiya Pokhari, Guhya Pokhari, and Kamal Pokhari.
Experiencing Newa: Culture:
We will also indulge in a little bit of Newa: culture while at Bhaktapur - to make the experience more authentic. We will visit a Newa: home, and try our hands in making a Newari dish. After which we will adorn traditional Newa: attires and smile for the camera – the photos will immemorialize our wonderful day exploring Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Duration : 1 Days
Type : Easy
Start & End Point: Bhaktapur
Highest Altitude : 1400m
Warning : On going construction
Best Period : Sep - Nov
- Be a part of the world’s best Heritage Tour
- Be a privileged one to tour with best tour guide
- Explore the spectacular Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square & Pottery Square
- Experience Newa: Culture
- Enjoy the traditional Sightseeing activitiy
- See the Ponds of Bhaktapur
- Pick-ups and transfers in a private AC vehicle with our representative
- An English Speaking Tour Guide
- All Government and local taxes
- Visa Fees
- Travel Insurance
- Medical and Vaccinations
- Any Alcoholics beverages during the tour
- Tips (Not compulsory but be resonable, while you do)
- Meals not mentioned in the program