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Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur, once medieval Kathmandu Valley’s seat of power, earns its accolade as Nepal’s best-preserved city. The earthquake of 2015 claimed many historic buildings, but the one-time flourishing kingdom is still packed with old-world charm. Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and heart of the city, is well-worth a visit.
 
The Basics
The former city-state of Bhaktapur, the most powerful of the three Malla Kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley, retains a medieval ambiance. Unlike Kathmandu and Patan, it is mainly car-free, so the stunning heritage city gives visitors a sense of centuries-ago lifestyles during royal times in Nepal. Durbar Square, now an open-air museum, contains impressive ancient royal landmarks, including the intricately wood-carved Palace of Fifty-Five Windows and the 17th-century Lion Gate.
 
Independent travelers can soak up the ambiance with a stroll through Bhaktapur’s cobblestoned streets and red-brick lanes, but visitors wanting more in-depth background information on the one-time kingdom’s history and culture should opt for a guided walking tour. Most excursions have morning or afternoon options and cover all the top heritage sites in Durbar Square—plus little-known corners of the city favored by locals.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is a must-see for history buffs and heritage enthusiasts.
  • Don’t forget to taste juju dhau, or “king’s yogurt,” a Bhaktapur delicacy.
  • Dress comfortably with proper footwear for cobblestoned streets and uneven surfaces.
  • Be prepared for a lot of walking, since the UNESCO-listed Old City is mainly vehicle-free.
 
How to Get There
Taxi rentals are available from Kathmandu and can be arranged through most hotels. But, the majority of sightseeing tours offer round-trip car transfers, usually with private hotel pickup—by far the easiest way to travel to Bhaktapur. Some tours to Nagarkot, including trekking excursions, also cover sightseeing visits to Bhaktapur en route.
 
When to Get There
Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, making Bhaktapur an ideal year-round destination. Time your visit for October to catch Tihar, the Nepali festival of lights, when the city lights up with clay candles to honor the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi. The Nepali New Year every April is celebrated with street processions led by gilded chariots.
 
Bhaktapur Hiking
For a complete cultural immersion, take a hike through stone villages and terraced farmlands in the Kathmandu Valley, home to multiple Nepali ethnic groups, but mainly the Newars. Trekking routes that begin in Bhaktapur usually ascend to the hilltop resort of Nagarkot, famous for its sunrise and sunset panoramas over the Himalayan mountain chain (on clear days, this even includes Mount Everest).
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Day Trips

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

Many visitors to Kathmandu miss nearby Bhaktapur, a well-preserved medieval city-state and UNESCO-World Heritage site. Discover one of Nepal’s prettiest attractions during this behinds the scenes peek at the Newari city, famous for its intricate pagodas and delicate handicrafts. The in-depth tour also includes a visit to Panauti, where you’ll have a chance to meet with local entrepreneurs.
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Cultural Tours

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Bhaktapur Darbar Square Day tour

With this skip-the-line ticket, you'll spend a day exploring the city of Bhaktapur, also referred to as Bhadgaon by locals, located 15 km from Kathmandu. This medieval city has its own famous Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site, with attractions such as the Golden Gate, Lion Gate, Potter’s Square, National Art Gallery and the 55 window palace, once the royal seat of Nepal. You'll avoid the long lines and hassle of purchasing tickets onsite, which gives you more time to sightseeing.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Bhaktapur on Wheels

Discover heritage on your own power - On wheel, you discover more of this ancient heritage. Enjoy it guided or self guided. Map, information, bike, helmet and backup provided.As the name suggests, discover Bhaktapur on your own or guided any place anywhere you like. The price includes only a bike hire, additional services may be charged extra.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
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Cultural Tours

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Day Tour of Patan & Bhaktapur Valley

We have local guide to take you to this tour who gives you a great information about the culture, history and local living in Nepal. In addition, we are, Nepal Based Travel Company. We ensure 100% Customer Care and Professionally Guided trip. Our tours are Carefully Designed. We provide deluxe private vehicle to comfort your tour drive, and flexibility on the tour. Once booked, your trip is Guarantee to Run. Best Price Guaranteed. Advanced Adventures is Responsible Travel Company.Advanced Adventure has been fully connected with social organization of Nepal called Pioneer Foundation Nepal. We have been helping in the rural school with setting up their computer class, library, providing them sports materials, sanitation and clean up campaign of Gorkha and mountain region in Nepal.
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Cultural Tours

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Bhaktapur, Sightseeing with Nagarkot Hiking

Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the Newari architecture, art, and heritage while wandering in and around the ancient palace. Fuel up on some traditional Newari cuisine so you have the energy for the hike Nagarkot is situated at 2195m, is a quiet and scenic hilltop about 32 km from Kathmandu. It is an outstanding mountain viewpoint. You also get to experience typical village life found in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas then visit to the Nagarkot Tower, from here, one could see the breath-taking views of the major Himalayan peaks of Nepal like Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, sisa pagma, Choyu, Gauri Shankar, etc.
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Cultural Tours

Private Half-Day Tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom and is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole area is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.
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Cultural Tours

Private Half-Day Tour to Bhaktapur With Lunch

Explore the highlights of Bhaktapur with your own private guide on a half-day tour from Kathmandu. One of three holy cities in Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur has gorgeous temples and monuments, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide shows you attractions including the 55 window palace, Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, and Dattatraya Temple. Have time to browse ceramics made by expert artisans, and stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Your tour includes private guide and vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Day tours in Kathmandu ( Patan and Bhaktapur Darbar Square )

Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square both are medieval period complex in Kathmandu Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur city day tour is specially designed for travelers who have the limited time in Nepal but still want to explore the natural, cultural and traditional monuments of the cities. In the Patan, we will visit in some of the prominent places such as Krishna temple, Kesav nayrayan Chok, Main CHok, Golden tremple, Taleju Vawani temple Etc. Likewise in the Bhaktapur site, we will see Nyatpul temple, Vatsala Temple, Bhairava Nath Temple,Pottery Sqaure and History Museum etc.We prick up you from the hotel and head to Patan Darbar Square and Bhaktapur Darbar Square. When it finishes we drop to hotel. Your guide will be guided by a professional tour Guide
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Food Tours

Half-Day Traditional Meal and Food Tasting Tour From Kathmandu

Taste dishes from different regions in the Kathmandu Valley during this half-day tour that includes a stop in Bhaktapur. Some of the specialties that you might try include a traditional Newari festival dish; a sampler plate with a variety of rice, meat, and vegetable dishes; and 'momos' (steamed meat or vegetable dumplings). Wrap up in Bhaktapur where you are served a popular dessert made from sweetened yogurt. Your tour includes multicourse meal, private transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Bhaktapur Darbar Square excursion

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the largest medieval period Darbar Square in Kathmandu valley. Locally Bhaktapur is also known as Khopa and Bhadgaun. It is located in the Bhaktapur district which is 13 km away from the capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is like a open museum, one can observe the historical architecture, monuments, shrines and artistic wooden and metal works in and around the area. Bhaktapur Darbar square also enlisted as UNESCO world heritage site in 1979.During the sightseeing in Bhaktapure ,we will explore the main Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square.If time allow do not forget to visit Dattrata temple. All these are the heritages sites has collected masterwork of metal, wood, pottery, and stone arts etc.. Bhaktapur is also famous for Newari food and yogurt, try some typical newari food for your lunch.
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Attraction Tickets

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Full day Kathmandu-Bhaktapur Sightseeing

It covers the three not to miss spots in and around Kathmandu valley. With a one day tour, the visitors can get acquainted with the famous stupas and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking/ Trekking

Our guest can choose from where they want to start the trekking. If they want to do a simple trekking then they can start the trekking from Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple also called as down-hill trekking, or they can also do a bit harder one by trekking from Changunarayan Temple to Nagarkot and then our driver will bring them back to hotel.
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Cultural Tours

Seven World Heritage Day Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

Visit all seven of the Kathmandu Valley’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 12 hours on this action-packed tour. But, you won’t feel rushed as you’ll travel between each site in a comfortable private vehicle with a knowledgeable local guide. This convenient tour includes popular central sites—such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath Temple—as well as lesser-known ones, like Changu Narayan, on the green rural edge of the city.
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Full-day Tours

Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

See the majestic Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, on a full-day tour from Kathmandu to Nagarkot. Hike for four hours downhill among the mountain scenery, visiting villages and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed temple Changu Narayan along the way. If the skies are clear, you can view the Himalayan mountains. Includes guide, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Kathmandu.
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Two Days Sightseeing in Kathmandu Tour UNESCO Heritage sites

Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition is independent outdoor adventure team, based in Nepal, who have years of experience in the field of travel and tourism in Nepal. Our young, energetic, friendly and expert crew ensures you the best service and will be available 24/7. We aim to offer the professional and quality services in reasonable price.Nepal Horizon Treks & Expedition promotes eco-friendly tourism being conscious to fragile environment, culture and their carrying capacity. We operate the trip in small size which ensures the personalized care to each and every clients.
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Cultural Tours

Private Day Tour: Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu

See the treasures of the ancient medieval cities of Patan and Bhaktapur on a private 6-hour tour from Kathmandu. View Newari architectural gems in Patan Durbar Square, and visit a Tibetan handicraft center. Then continue to Bhaktapur Durbar Square where you see highlights like the 55-Window Palace, Golden Gate, and Potter's Square. Your guide shares the history of the Kathmandu Valley and the impact of the 2015 earthquake in the region.
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Half-day Tours

Private Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Ideally suited for travelers short on time, this enriching tour of Patan and Bhaktapur covers all the top highlights of both centuries-old former kingdoms. Discover the pinnacle of Newari architecture with a peek at traditional stone carvings and ancient Malla temples in two distinct, well-preserved city centers. Tours include a private guide, free time to shop for local handicrafts and comfortable, and round-trip transportation from your Kathmandu hotel.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Kathmandu Day Tour (Nagarkot & Bhaktapur)

This tour package comes with the reasonable price where you can travel with up to 3 person at the same time with the same tour package (without adding more). Though we don't provide guide but we provide you driver who can speak English and provide you the basic information and history of the places you are going to visit.
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Private Day Trips

Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

Take a full-day private tour that combines the sunrise viewing at Nagarkot with a sightseeing trip to Bhaktapur—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rise early to depart from Kathmandu and reach high altitude Nagarkot in time to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. Continue to Bhaktapur after breakfast and visit top attractions in the culture-rich city, including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and 55 Window Palace. Your tour includes breakfast, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Cultural Tours

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5-Day Sunrise Tour in Kathmandu Near Everest

Make the most of a short trip to Nepal on this guided five-day tour around the Kathmandu Valley. It combines the cultural highlights of the city and the natural, more rural outskirts. Tour this busy, often congested city without the stress of walking or hailing taxis on your own. Even on a short trip you can enjoy spectacular sunrise views of the Himalaya, on this tour. Accommodation, breakfast, and airport transfers are included.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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UNESCO Seven World Heritage - Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu’s top sights are spread throughout the sprawling capital, meaning most visitors end up missing key attractions. On this action-packed day tour, you’ll cover all of the region’s UNESCO-listed highlights. Travel in a comfortable private car between locations in the city, with a private guide on-hand to supply information and background. You’ll also enjoy lunch in stunning Bhaktapur and venture to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
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Multi-day Tours

Private 6-Night Golden Triangle and Nepal Tour from Delhi

Most tours cover either India or Nepal. This in-depth, multi-day VIP trip combines the highlights of both countries on a whirlwind trip to the top sights of South Asia—with 4-star comfort every step of the way. Visit India’s fabled Golden Triangle—from sun-kissed fortresses in Jaipur to the unmissable Taj Mahal—topped off with stops at Kathmandu’s medieval squares and UNESCO-listed temples.
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Multi-day Tours

7 Nights 8 Days Golden Triangle of India with Nepal

Immerse yourself in India and Nepal on this 8-day tour. The itinerary includes the main attractions in Delhi, Agra (including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort), and Jaipur. Following that portion of the trip, you’ll fly to Kathmandu for a daylong visit then head to Patan and Bhaktapur for more sightseeing. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from the airport.
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Air Tours

Incredible 1 Hour Everest mountain flight sightseeing tour from Kathmandu

Travelers who want to see the tallest mountain in the world but can’t trek to Everest Base Camp can enjoy a convenient scenic flight from Kathmandu instead. Flights depart early in the morning, to ensure you have the best views possible. As well as Everest itself, you’ll see many other enormous, snow-capped peaks in the Himalayan range. When possible, you can even step inside the cockpit to take fantastic photos from the front of the plane.
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