Bhaktapur: A Cultural Journey

Bhaktapur: A Cultural Journey

A tiny primitive city near to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur has so much to offer. You can find a temple or an architectural structure on every turn in this city. Bhaktapur is the depiction of how the Kathmandu valley would have been in the medieval periods.

Bhaktapur is about 15 km drive from Kathmandu and takes about 35-40 minutes depending on the traffic. The road is super nice and if you’re traveling in the off hours then you’re in for a treat. There is a small pond known as Siddha Pokhari before you reach the entrance to the durbar square. Teashops and restaurants are abundantly present all around the place. Look out for the famous ‘Juju dhau’, yoghurt indigenous to Bhaktapur. ‘Juju’ means king and ‘dhau’ means yoghurt in Newari. So, it means ‘king of yoghurts’ and the taste literally defines the meaning.

Bhaktapur is a living example of a museum containing primitive art and architecture. It also provides many fine examples of unique sculptures, woodcarving and colossal temples devoted to different gods and goddesses. A square solely dedicated to pottery known as Pottery Square has a traditional feel of its own. The locals have preserved the tradition of making clay pots. They have also mastered the art which is really compelling to observe.

Bhaktapur is renowned for its fine architecture and buildings made in the ancient pagoda style. Here the devotees also celebrate festivals with enthusiasm. Some of the notable structures are  the 55-window palace, Nyatapola temple which lies in the Taumadhi square, Dattatreya temple, Golden Gate and many old sculptural, bronze and wooden artworks. In fact of having various dynamic architectures, Bhaktapur has yet preserved both its tangible and intangible heritages.

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