Bhaktapur is the third largest city in Nepal, and along with Kathmandu and Patan, makes up the three holy cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The city was founded during the 12th century AD by King Anand Dev Malla and remains well-preserved and free of motor traffic to this day, giving it a sense of timelessness and peace in bustling Kathmandu.

Its distance from Kathmandu, about seven-and-a-half miles (12 kilometers) east, and the small entrance fee to enter the city tends to keep the crowds away from this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside the city, you’ll be able to walk the cobbled streets filled with more temples by area than both Kathmandu or Patan. Many of the most interesting structures, including the 55-windowed palace that used to serve as the royal seat of Nepal, are centered on the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

The city has a rich handicrafts tradition and is a great place to purchase pottery, which you’ll see in various stages of completion throughout the town, but particularly in Potters’ Square. Also look for painted black clay masks, metalwork, traditional Buddhist paintings and locally grown teas. When you feel hungry, try the yogurt with locally produced honey, a specialty in Bhaktapur.

Please note that there were significant damages to the ancient town of Bhaktapur in the earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal in late April and early May 2015. The town and many of the religious sites are in ruins. Authorities have said they will do all they can to restore historic and cultural sites in Nepal and are assessing the extent of damages.

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Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Including Bhaktapur

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Explore the all the major attraction of Kathmandu Valley, on a Private, full-day tour. Enjoy visits to city squares and magnificent temples and take in ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Bhaktapur Old City Half-Day Tour

Bhaktapur is an incredible city of ancient art, religion and culture in the Kathmandu Valley. This Bhaktapur half-day tour offers small group trips into this ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

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Love royal palaces? How about exotic temples? Then this is the perfect day excursion to see some of the finest of the ancient royal palaces of the ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

Half-Day Trip to Bhaktapur from Kathmandu Including Kailashnath Mahadev Statue

Enjoy this trip to the Bhaktapur valley, located 20km from Kathmandu, where you will be picked-up. The Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, which will be the trip´s ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00

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