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20.1.2015
BHAKTAPUR, THE JEWEL OF NEPAL


Bhaktapur, or Khwopa, is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Nepal. The city is a real outdoor museum, the cultural capital of Nepal, dating back from the 8th century, when it was the actual capital of the country.
 


The city lies at 1.401 meters above the sea level and was protected by walls and gates, having the shape or a pigeon, as a sovereign country, until the 18th century.


Wandering through the city, you encounter historical and cultural heritages in every corner of the city and in every street that made Bakhtapur Durbar Square enlisted in the World Heritage Sites in 1979.


You will see handicraft masters making beautiful saris or potteries, old temples, traditional Buddhist monasteries, stupas and terracotta temples, as a proof of the religious harmony of this city, palaces, ponds, public shelters where the locals gather to talk, and, quietly walking along the pedestrian streets, the happy cattle.


 

Besides the glance at this outdoor museum, a visit to Bhaktapur is a dip into the well-preserved Newari culture. You can observe their everyday life, the worship, the apparel, the music and the dances.
 
 
To preserve this authenticity, the municipality is collecting entrance fee from the foreign tourists since 1993 to finance the restoration of the buildings, cleaning the city, the infrastructure or educating the locals.

 
The authentic architecture is conserved with the traditional bricks, the wood carved windows and the tiles.
 
 

Standing on the main square, the Durbar Square, you will see architectural showpieces: statues, woodcarving, gates, stone art, bells and numerous art pieces.
 


Another important square is the Taumadhi Square, famous for the multi-roofed temples, the terracotta windows or stone sculptures.


All the commodities exist in Bhaktapur for a longer stay (accommodation, restaurants, shops, …).


Once you visit Bhaktapur, a walk around the city offers beautiful views of the Himalayas amid a charming nature.



 


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