Bhaktapur literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa, it is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in Bhaktapur DIstrict in the Bagmati Zone. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.
Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great 'Malla Kingdom' until the second half of the 15th century. It has a population of more than 81,728, of which the vast majority are still Newars. Historically more isolated than the other two kingdoms, Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language.
Bhaktapur has the best preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. This is supported by the restoration and preservation efforts of German-funded Bhaktapur Development Project (BDP).
The city is famous for special type of curd called "Ju Ju(king) dhau(curd). It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal
At 8:00 am: After breakfast in the moning we gather together in the Great Nepal office at Thamel for city sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur. We reach there by around 1 hr drive. We leave Thamel office by 8:15 to 8:20.
At 9:30 am: Around 9:30 in the morning we will be at our destination. The first place we visit will be Surya Vinayak Shrine, located at a top of a hill in a forest. This temple is also known as the temple of the rising sun, dedicated to Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiva. It is believed to be have been originally built over 1500 years old ago, in the time of the Lichhavi King Vishnu Dev Barma.
At 10:30 am: We reach at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, built by Malla King Bhupatindra Malla. The major attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are Taleju Temple, Nyatapole Temple, most famous pagoda of Nepal, dedicated to Siddhilaxmi, the tantric Goddess of supreme power and success, Big bell, 55 windows Palace, built by Yakshya Malla, considered with woodcarving, Yaksheswor Mahadev Temple, built by Yakshya Malla in 15th century. Other attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are Chyasin Mandap, Siddhi Laxmi Temple (Fasi dega), Vatsala Temple, dedicated to a mother Goddess and known for its dog barking bell, Bhandarkhal Complex, Chatu Brahma Mahavihar, Indrayeni Temple, Balakhu Ganesh Temple, Tripura Sundari Temple and the Char Dham, the four greatest hindu pilgrimage sites, Bhairavnath Temple, dedicated to Bhairav, the God of terror and death.
At 11:30 pm: We leave for Dattatreya Temple, claimed that the building was constructed from a single piece of wood.
At 12:00 pm: We reach Siddha Pokhari, old pond, is situated at Dudhpati-17 in the ancient city. It was built in the early 15th century during the reign of Yakshya Malla. It measures 171 meters long by 73 meters wide and 3 meters deep.
At 12:30 pm: We can go to some of the traditional restaurants which provides us a delicious and hygienic food with a typical taste. The hospitality they provide us makes us feel like not leaving the place. The special menu for Newari dishes will be serves to us.
At 1:00 pm: We reach Thimi, a traditional Newar city lies about 5 km west of Bhaktapur.
At 1:30 pm: After visit to Thimi at 1:00 pm in the daytime, we will head towards Changu Narayan Temple.
At 2:00 pm: After reaching, we start seight seeing of Changu Narayan. It is the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley lies 22 km from Kathmandu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu with ten heads and ten arms of stone carving. This temple was built in 4th century.
At 4:00 pm: Around 4 in the evening we return back to Kathmandu. It takes around 1 hours drive.