Bhaktapur City Day Tour-1 Day

Bhaktapur City Day Tour
Trip Information
  • Duration1 Day
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude1,401 m/4597ft
  • ActivityTours
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeAll time of year
Highlights
  • A living museum with an impressive medieval time environment and culture.
  • Beautiful works of art and architecture on tiers of pagoda-roofed temples.
  • Tour of the marvelous courtyard of 55 window palace and famous golden gate.
  • Explore charming traditions of age-old heritage with nice paved streets.
  • Visit Nepal’s ancient temple of Changu Narayan: A masterpiece monument.

“Explore the heart of Nepal's heritage on a Bhaktapur City Day Tour and immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of this living museum.”

Trip Introduction:  Bhaktapur City Day Tour.

The Bhaktapur City Day Tour offered by Holiday Tours Nepal invites visitors to explore one of Nepal's most attractive and historically rich cities. This immersive experience transports guests to an ancient period, where every brick roadway and architectural marvel tells a tale. Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon meaning “City of Rice”, is a charming and beautiful city with a rich history rooted in both Hinduism and Buddhism.

What distinguishes Bhaktapur is its persistent dedication to maintaining its traditions and customs. This city, trapped in time, stands as a tribute to the centuries-old traditions. The locals, who are known for their traditional views, take great delight in preserving the cultural legacy passed down through centuries.

Bhaktapur, often known as the "City of Devotees," warmly welcomes visitors to experience unique moments amid historical and religious landmarks. Bhaktapur was originally the capital of the Kathmandu Valley, exerting control over many sections of Nepal during the rule of the Malla Empire. This city is located around 12 kilometers from the busy core of Kathmandu and is the valley's third most important district. It has deservedly gained a reputation as a significant hub for tourists and travelers looking to immerse themselves in Nepal's cultural and historical treasures. Visitors will find elaborately carved temples, colorful marketplaces, and age-old customs that are still alive and well here.

The Bhaktapur City Day Tour is an immersive and enriching experience that combines history, culture, and spirituality to deliver a deep dive into Nepal's rich legacy. Visitors can tour Bhaktapur's living museum and learn about the stories hidden in its old alleys and squares.

Things to do/Attractions in Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

  • Siddhi Laxmi Temple: Three-story structure dedicated to Siddhi Laxmi, a manifestation of goddess Laxmi.
  • Vatsala Temple: A place to worship goddess Vatsala.
  • The 55-Window Palace: 55 intricately carved windows that contain the National Art Gallery.
  • Bhairab Nath Temple: Three-tiered roof temple dedicated to Bhairab, a form of Lord Shiva.
  • Nyatapola Temple: Tallest temple in Nepal.
  • Mini Pashupatinath Temple: A smaller replica of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.
  • Lions Gate and Golden Gate: Entry points of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
  • Statues of Kings: Various statues of Malla kings.
  • Dattatraya Square: Temple dedicated to lord Dattatraya, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.
  • Peacock Window:  Masterpiece of Newari artistry.
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square Museum: Collection of Art, Artifacts and historical exhibits.
  • Pottery Square: Traditional pottery made by local artisans.

A Day in Bhaktapur Durbar Square: How Does It Start and End?

The tour leads visitors to the most remarkable things that Bhaktapur has to offer after passing through the city gate within the gorgeous and bustling Bhaktapur Durbar Square, flanked by towering historical monuments and the ancient royal courtyard. Every inch of this picturesque city is theirs to explore, and visitors here will be able to observe local residents engaged in their daily traditional occupations, which range from farming to the fabrication of delicate artisanal products like ceramics and woodwork.

While guests enjoy the delightful and engaging ambiance of Bhaktapur, they are whisked away to a gorgeous position high above Bhaktapur city and the Kathmandu Valley in a short drive. They will come across the magnificent Changunarayan Temple. This ancient and exquisite pagoda temple is located within serene surroundings and an old Newar town, capped with levels of golden roofs. Lord Vishnu, an important Hindu deity, is honored at the Changunarayan Temple. Its history dates back to 464 A.D., during the reign of Licchavi King Mandeva, highlighting its significance as a sacred site created in the 3rd century A.D. Early inscriptions engraved onto enormous stone slabs within the temple precincts add to the temple's historical value.

Immersed in the mesmerizing ambiance of Changunarayan Temple and the gorgeous panorama of Kathmandu Valley with its towering snow-capped peaks, they will find this visit really worthwhile. The setting of the small rural community adds to the appeal of the encounter.

Their fantastic Bhaktapur City Day Tour closes with fond memories of the time spent near Changunarayan Temple. They will then descend, taking in an interesting drive back to their hotel, capping off a wonderfully lovely and enjoyable day excursion.
 

Itinerary
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8 a.m. or 12 p.m. An hour drive to Bhaktapur city and start tour of Durbar Square for few hours.

Start the day with an hour drive heading east of Kathmandu to Bhaktapur, which is 12 km away from Kathmandu city outskirt.

An interesting short ride, with opportunity to witness more of Nepalese rural farm life and other activities, as drive heads past towns and villages and then leaving the main Kathmandu-Lhasa Highway. A short climb within blue pine wood and then reach Bhaktapur city.

On entering the main gate where tour leads you into magnificent Durbar Square or palace courtyard, teemed full of life and local activities.

Enjoy, exciting tour of historical monuments, which includes beautiful pagoda Temple with ancient idol and statue of various Gods and Goddess, tour leads you around old palace built during the period of Malla kingdom regime.

Bhaktapur most interesting sites to visit:

The Durbar Square:

The first impression of Bhaktapur its old Durbar Square, where many ancient monuments are located within the palace courtyard.

Most of ancient building and monuments, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, reflecting the city's unique culture, arts including architectural wonders, truly a living museum.

Tour of golden gate regarded as world's most magnificent and richly carved of unique design and work of artistic skill, enjoy views of the palace with 55 windows.

Nytapola Temple:

One of the main highlights of Bhaktapur is a pagoda roof Nytapola Temple, means a five storied temple at the height of 30 meter, the tallest temple of Kathmandu and the landmark of Bhaktapur city. Built by King Bhupindra Malla in 1708 AD.

On each steps to main temple entrance stands pair of figures, starts from the bottom with statue of wrestlers, elephant, lion, griffins and goddesses.

The Bhaktapur National Art Gallery:

The gallery, situated within Bhaktapur Durbar Square treasures rare arts and paintings, with manuscripts with painted covers and illustrations. Also includes brass, bronze, stone and wooden images of medieval traditional arts of Nepal.

Bhairavnath Temple of Bhaktapur:

In the early days built as one-story pagoda during King Jagat Jyoti Malla period, later added into a three-tier roofed temple in 1718 A.D. by King Bhupindra Malla, this temple stands as artistic grandeur. Bhairavnath temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairab - the god of Terror.

Dattarya Temple:

A little further another nice temple, built in 1427 AD, which was built from a wood of single tree, visit and witness exquisitely carved peacock windows located near the temple area.

Pottery square and market:

Bhaktapur, also famous for pottery with two main area, the first pottery square is called Suryamadhi east of Dattarya temple square, the oldest pottery square.

The other pottery located south and close to Nytapola square at Talako’s Potter’s Square, where you can take a stroll along busy market streets to reach pottery site. Watch the craftsman on wheels shaping the clay in a fine shape an old traditions handed from ancient times to this days.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch break in a nice restaurant at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

After few hours of exciting tour from on site to another, refresh yourself with lunch break in a nice restaurants for an hour, before starting next tour to Changu Nararyan.

01 p.m. or 2 p.m. Short drive to Changunararyan Temple for an hour tour.

From Bhaktapur city area, a drive of less than an hour takes you on winding uphill past rural farm villages and town to reach at Changunararyan.

A small farming town, size of a village and takes you back to medvial period of time, as you walk through this small town on nice gradual up steps to enter Changunararyan Temple, the oldest beautiful shrine of Nepal located on a high hilltop, this place is also known as Changu or Dolagiri.

The temple and its premises surrounded by nice woods of champak tree and above from Bhaktapur city and the valley.

Changunararyan Temple, stood early as 325 A.D. in the time of King Lichavi King Hari Datta Verma, considered one of Nepal richest structures in both ways historically and artistically.

The temple with first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple compound during the time of early Lichavi King Mandeva around 464 A.D.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. End of the tour and drive back to hotel.

At Changunararyan temple our tour ends, with time to observe around the Changunararyan town, with many souvenirs shops and restaurants walk to car park and drive back to Kathmandu. After a most wonderful time and experience on Bhaktapur City Day Tour.

    Cost Details
    What's Included
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local Tour Guide . Price includes his salary, food, drinks, transport and insurance.
    • All transfer and sightseeing tour by private deluxe Car / Coach with Air condition (Entrance frees are extra)
    What's not Included
    • Tour Entrances fees of the monuments
    • Nepal visa- USD 25 upon arrival, at the airport, bring 2 Passport size photos
    • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu 
    • Travel insurance
    • Air fare and airport tax
    • Special Drinks
    • Cost of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, Tips etc.
    • Cost not mentioned in above list
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