Lanpadegal is the image of two monolith lions, posing in front of Phashidegal. Yes, these effigies are those shielders that allow you to ride in it and take pictures, appending Bhaktapur durbar square as your backcloth.
Coming to the lanpadegal, lanpadegal is the local name of those stone lions. Meanwhile, People started calling those stone lions lanpadegal. Because it stands as an obstruction in the road.
The lanpadegal consists of three newari words. Lan, pa, and dega ( degal). That means road, obstruction, and temple respectively. Therefore, people know this temple as a temple bothering the road. According to which, lanpadegal became the name of this site.
There was a three-storied pagoda style temple. With an outstandingly artistic statue of Harihar. According to history, there were three temples of Harihar within the durbar square. Somehow, this temple came under among them.
Besides that, we are grateful that the statue of Harihar is still live. Today, you can see it in the national art gallery. Before the devastating earthquake of 1934 AD, those impressive lions stood as sentries for that temple. But, unfortunately, after that devastating earthquake of 1934 AD, that temple was collapsed. And never built afterward.
Nevertheless, you still can have a glimpse of stone-carved statues of lions as a chunk of that off-course temple.
Yes, it lies within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Today, it is considered as only os the two stone images of lions but there was a temple behind it before the quake of 1934 A.D.
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.
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.
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.