Changu Narayan temple; the oldest temple of Nepal

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Bhaktapur with subtitles like, “city of devotees” is also pledged as the city of temples. Among which, Changunarayan is crowned as the oldest temple in Nepal. That undoubtedly is an epic example of then’s art and architecture.

It is said that this two-storeyed Vishnu temple is neither built in pagoda style nor shikhara style. But it is of pagoda style. This traditional Nepali styled temple is beholding the history of the lichavi kingdom till today.

Besides, it was also enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 A.D. Along with the Bhaktapur durbar square.

This sacred temple lies on the top of the northern hill station of Bhaktapur. Numerically about 7 miles away from Kathmandu. The inscriptions and sculptures found in this temple are said to be the oldest one. With the erecting date of 464 C.E. which was commenced by king Manadeva, the one most king of the lichavi kingdom.

The structure of the temple has four doors facing each direction. And, all of the doors are guarded by a pair of lions, sarabhas, griffins, and elephants on each side of the entrances.

The main entrance ( western gate) of the temple is an artistic wedge, postured with carvings of snakes. Not only the gates but also the struts are filled with amazing wood carvings. The carvings of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu and other deities are simply a diversion to the eyes.

Within the premises of Changu Narayan Temple

The Changu Narayan Temple itself comes into the premises of Changu Narayan Temple, at most prime. Then comes the Chinna Masta Temple, which has the sacred deity, Chinna Masta in it. Similarly, in the same row of Chinna Masta Temple, there is another beautiful but tiny one, Kileshwor Mahadev temple.

It is small though but has the most beautiful engraved struts.

With these magnificent beauties, it has a lot of stone images of Lord Vishnu. And, foremost almost all of them were carved in the 6th or 7th centuries. Where they all depict a different story and incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

The statue of Vishnu Vikrant, Narshima, Vaikuntha Vishnu, and Vishworup. Plus, Shridhar Vishnu, Garuda Narayan, or Chanda Narayan, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla and Queen Bhuvan Laxmi. These statues are simply gratifying the space of Changu.

The shreds of evidence say that King Bhupatindra Malla also had hands in the renovation of Changu Narayan temple.

Nevertheless, it has almost all of the faces of Lord Vishnu in its premises. And, yes the rest house in a corner.



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 Changunarayan too. But you need to walk a little bit to reach the premises of Changu Narayan Temple.

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, you do. It costs Rs.350 for Non-SAARC Nationals and Chinese nationals. And, it costs Rs.250 for the SAARC nationals.

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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  • Changu Narayan is the oldest temple of Nepal.

  • It dates backs to 464 C.E.

  • It was enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1979 A.D.

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