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Bhaktapur Tours

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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Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu, Kathmandu, null
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Full Day Nagarkot and Changunarayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

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Enjoy great Himalayan view to the north east including Mt. Everest, visit UNESCO World Heritege Site (Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan Temple) Nagarkot 2100m high ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00
Private Full-Day Tour of Three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, Full-day Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley

Culture, religion and traditions come alive with this 8-hour private tour of three of the most popular of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Kathmandu Durbar ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
3-Hour Guided Small Group Walking Tour of Bhaktapur at Dawn, Kathmandu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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3-Hour Guided Small Group Walking Tour of Bhaktapur at Dawn

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This guided 3-hour tour reveals that one of the best times to enjoy the beautiful ancient city of Bhaktapur is at dawn when people are just waking up. The city ...  Read more

Location: Bhaktapur, Nepal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Sunrise Nagarkot Tour with Bhaktapur Visit, Kathmandu, Walking Tours
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Sunrise Nagarkot Tour with Bhaktapur Visit

Enjoy this full-day tour to Kathmandu, one of the most scenic hill stations in the Kathmandu Valley. Admire the sunrise view over the 8 Himalayan ranges: ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.00
Private Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu with Swayambunath and Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Day Trips
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu with Swayambunath and Bhaktapur

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This Full-day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu will take you to the mesmerizing Kathmandu City, Swayambunath Stupa and the Bhaktapur City. Through this tour, you ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.24
Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu including Swayambunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Private ... 
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Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu including Swayambunath Stupa

This full-day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu will take you to the captivating Kathmandu City, Swayambunath Stupa and the Patan City. Through this tour, you will ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.04
Bhaktapur Old City Half-Day Tour, Kathmandu, Cultural Tours
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Bhaktapur Old City Half-Day Tour

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Are you looking for awesome place for half day tour in Kathmandu? Bhaktapur can be your first choice to experience. Bhaktapur is an incredible city of ancient ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Classic Nepal Tour, Kathmandu, Half-day Tours
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Classic Nepal Tour

Your 8 day trip begins with an exploration of the medieval city of Kathmandu followed by a wonderful trip to Sauraha, and Tharu culture in Chitwan and then to ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 8 days

From USD $800.00
City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Day Trips
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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 Kathmandu ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.00
Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Cultural Tour, Kathmandu, City Tours
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Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Cultural Tour

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath on this shared tour with a professional guide. See local ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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