Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The former royal complex at the center of Bhaktapur (Bhadgoan) district is known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Consisting of a palace, courtyards, historic monuments and numerous temples, the whole complex, along with Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
It’s an ancient town built by the Malla (Newars) kings of Nepal. Formerly a Newar kingdom, the major inhabitants of the region are Newars, therefore, the architecture of the area signifies the ancient establishment of the greater Newari culture and arts.
After Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur is the 2nd most visited location in the entire Kathmandu valley.
- 55 Windows Palace (Pachpanne Jhyale Durbar) -It is a former royal palace of the Malla Kings. The interesting fact about this palace, is the it has a total of 55 windows.
- Golden Gate -A major gate of the palace is entirely made out of gold.
- Lion’s Gate -This magnificent gate was produced from artisans whose hands were cut off after finishing touch to them by the envious king so that no more of such masterpieces could be produced again.
- Mini Pashupati Temple -Similar to the Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu, the Mini Pashupati temple is a major attraction of Bhaktapur
- Nyatapola Temple -A 5 story temple, it is located inside the Bhaktapur Square premise, and is one of the major attractions
- Bhairav Nath Temple -Dedicated to the God of Terror and Death, Bhairava, it is another major tourist destination in Bhaktapur.