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.

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4-Day Kathmandu Valley Trekking Tour Including Bhaktapur

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Embark on a 4-day adventure through the gorgeous countryside surrounding Kathmandu, including three days trekking with a daypack from Shivapuri National Park ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

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