Right behind a golden masterpiece, the golden gate, you can find another majestic masterpiece. Of course within the durbar square. That master of the art is no other than 55 windowed palace.
There, local persons also call this 55 windowed manor, pachpannajhyale durbar. And in newari term nge nyapa jhya laaykoo. Consequently, this artistic fact holds back history from about 1427 AD. Before King Bhupatindra Malla remodeled it in the 17th century.
After succeeding originally constructed by king Yaksa Malla. Yes, this is also a fact. That it was just a building then when king Yaksha Malla concreted it.
Later on, when King Bhupatindra Malla became the emperor of Bhaktapur in 1696. He started the construction of this palace. But, it is said that it took a time of 58 years to complete.
The palace was finally set during the reign of King Ranjit Malla in 1754 AD. King Ranjit Malla, the son of King Bhupatindra Malla also contributed a lot to this palace. Unbearably, the tear downing earthquake of 1934 AD demolished the palace.
Despite that, the palace was remodeled, using the same windows and struts. But it was not in its usual shape. The palace once was also operated as the post office in Bhaktapur.
Meanwhile, one can observe the preeminent illustration wood carvings of Malla periods in this building. That somehow seems more attractive with black coloring. As you can observe, the first and second story of the palace had a perfect reflection of wood carving.
The first story has doors alternating with small wood carved windows. And the second one is blessed with eleven deep carved windows in the front part. With a slanting torona over it.
You can notice the carvings of asta bhairava with his shakti. Also, the carved sculptures of Lord Ganesha and Lord Kumar in those toronas.
Besides, the walls of the first floor utter a lot about the then ruling environment. Images, that reflect the social as well as the royal lifestyles of Malla kings. That includes the wall painting of King Bhupatindra Malla himself and queen vishwo Laxmi.
Along with that, there are images of the vishwo rupa of lord bhairava with his shakti. The battleground of Ramayan. Drawings of different deities and many more. While the interior part of this palace is closed for so many years.
You may not able to see those paintings. But, roaming around this palace won’t be a waste. You still can explore wood carvings and ancient architecture.
Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
It is believed that it has 55 beautiful wooden windows, all carved in an exceptional way. That’s why it is called 55 window palace.
Yes, of course. You can.
It would be a pleasure to sneak around Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It doesn’t matter when you will visit there. But if you are interested in temples and worshipping then the morning would be the best time to be present there.
The entrance fee to enter Bhaktapur along with the Bhaktapur Durbar Square varies as per the nationality. It costs, Rs.1500 for Non-SAARC nationality, Rs.500 to SAARC, and Chinese citizens, and free for the Nepalese.
No, you don’t need to pay for your infant. In fact, it is free entry to the children below 10 years of each national at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.
Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.
While being in Bhaktapur, you must mind few things like taking out of your shoes while entering the temple and other religious sites. Likewise, you might not be allowed to click pictures of some specific events or places. You should consider these things.
As we informed you earlier it is all safe for solo traveling which means you can travel without a guide. But we also recommend you to have a certified guide who would help you to understand the authentic Bhaktapur and the stories carved all over the monuments.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.