Bode: a mini version of Madhyapur Thimi

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Bode is a small composition of Madhyapur thimi. Hitherto, it is both naturally and culturally beautiful. As if, you can say, it is a mini version of madhyapur thimi. The renowned festival of tongue piercing, that thing also fell in this place.

Truly, it is counted as one of the most important events of the year. It usually takes place during biska jatra. With that, it has the nilbarahi dance as one of the most attractive facts of bode. The dances of nilbarahi are said to be formed nearly 1500 years ago.

The locals of bode perform this dance for four consecutive days during the gai jatra festival.

The people of the bode are more lively. They are still carrying the ethnicity of the newari culture and traditions. Being the ancient Newari town, for instance.

However, there are more farmers in this area rather than the potters. This place again comes into prominence because of its vegetation. With that, there are more temples like bode nilbarahi temple, Mahalaxmi temple, Nikantheswor Mahadev temple, Narayan temple, and Ganesh temple.

Also, there is a picnic spot. Therefore, anyone can visit this place on their vacation as well. You can also encounter a bode dyamaa stupa and dharma chakra ghumba at this place.

Top places to visit at Bode

Nil Barahi Temple of Bode

Just like the Nil Barahi dance, the temple of Nil Barahi also commemorates as a column of religious beliefs. People worship a stone representation as to the god of the temple. While it lies within the middle of the jungle, visitors often like to have a hike over there. Meanwhile, it is said that the practitioner of witchcraft prefers to worship there.

Mahalaxmi temple of Bode

Mahalaxmi temple lies in the northern arena of thimi, in the village named bode. This temple is said to be the sister goddesses of Balkumari. Plus, it is as old as the Balkumari temple. The study says that it was erected in the 17th century.

Also, this two-storied temple is blessed with a sumptuous as well as the sound posture of Lord Narayan. Moreover, the village including the temple is very much renowned for the annual tongue-piercing festival of bode.


No, it doesn’t. It lies at Changunarayan which is a northern hill station of Bhaktapur. That also consists of the oldest temple of Nepal, Changu Narayan Temple.

You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.

You can catch a local bus from Ratna Park or from Bagbazaar if you are staying at Thamel, which directly goes to Bhaktapur and Bode too.

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 for 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.

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes on-site, convenient for all kinds of visitors.

Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.

No, not exactly. You can make your tickets available for one more day at the time you buy it if you are gonna stay at Bhaktapur Nagar. Otherwise, you don’t have to worry about extra ticket expenses.

Well, there are a lot of things that you can do like shopping, sightseeing, eating different foods, also photography. But, capturing one corner of the square and having a sunset view would be the most satisfying thing that you would experience.

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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