Chyasalin mandap is an octangular pavilion. It is not a temple while most people misunderstand it as a temple.
Although it is just a pavilion, it is one of the most beautiful creations of Malla rea. However, the kings of Bhaktapur were not responsible for its erection. All of the credit goes to the then king of Lalitpur, king Srinivas Malla. He erected this mandap as a token of friendship.
Besides these, there was a belief in ancient philosophy. That living in front of Pashupatinath could not be good for the king as well as for the country.
For that reason, this structure was structured right in front of the 55- windowed palaces, which was the residential palace of the then kings. Just to stop the magnificent aurora of the temple to the palace.
This place was also a keen place for the poetry competition. Once king bhupatindra Malla and his consort use this place for a poetry competition, as in available evidence.
This pavilion was also a platform to receive royal guests, watch festivals, and witness the mesmerizing sunset views.
By worst luck, it faced the devastating earthquake of 1934 A.D. and lost its original form. Later on, in 1992 A.D. the German architects gracefully place this covering at its old pace. There, they used steel with the remains of the old chyasalin mandap. Consequently, that prevents it from the earthquake of April 2015.
Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
No, it is not a 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 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.
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.
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 place. You should consider these things.
Yes, it is. Even a single woman could travel here alone.
You could choose a local bus or hire a private vehicle to reach over there.
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.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.