The word “Open Museum”, that perfectly suits this anciently choreographed city Bhaktapur. Over hereabouts, you can catch the sight of the marvelous erections of the last 18th century. Amidst them, the then royal palace is one of the most attractive temptations. We identify this piece of place as The Bhaktapur durbar square. The shreds of evidence say that King Yakshya Malla built this durbar square, in 1427 A.D. However, it was in its best during the reign of King Bhupatindra Malla. He turned this, an area of 6.52 square miles into a world of fantastic architecture. The UNESCO world heritage site also enlisted this place as a world heritage site, in 1979 A.D. Along with the changu Narayan temple of Bhaktapur district.
This tiny space holds back the history of the erection of Bhaktapur city as well as the contributions of various kings. It is believed that this burgh existed as early as 865 A.D. Besides, you can take a glimpse of various masterpieces erected in different timelines from the starting point of your walk. Yes, you need to walk a little bit in the durbar square. Due to restrictions on vehicles in the durbar area.
The western corner of the square
As you start your walk from west to east, the very first eye-catching sight you find is of the statues of Ugrachandi and Bairava. They come along as one of the most fascinating stone carvings of Bhaktapur. King Bhupatindra Malla made them in existence. According to an anecdote, the king ordered to cut off the hands of artists, after completing the work. Hence, they wouldn’t be able to form another classic like that. These stone carvings are situated at the gate of the contemporary Padma school. That historically means the Basantapur Chowk.
Char Dham Temples
With that, you can observe the Gopinath temple on your right-hand side. The next temple in the same direction is Kedarnath, one of the popular temples of the Hindu shrine. Similarly, the temples of Jagannath, Badrinath, and Rameshwor stands there. Then, you can see a big space girdled by typical Newari houses, temples, a museum, and of course, by the royal palace. This was not a big space then, the earthquake of 1934 made temples and other palaces disappeared under this ground.
The National Art Gallery
The northern alley of the waylays leads you toward the National Art Gallery. This is the only gallery that is treasuring sculptures dated back of Malla periods. Also, the lichhavi treasures. The statues of destroyed temples are still in this gallery. While the gallery itself is the face of the Royal Palace, Simhadhwoka, it is good to sneak around it.
The Golden Gate
Moving toward east will amaze you with the outstanding drafting. The golden gate, also known as the swarnadwar is the last masterpiece left by Malla reign. King Ranjit Malla is credited for this pristine creation. Despite that, it is renowned as the best creation of that period. Entering this gate leads you to another masterwork of woodcarvings, a 55 windowed palace and the shrine of Taleju Temple, the temple which beholds the powerful tantric deity.
When you get out of the golden gate, you’ll face the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. This statue shows respect toward taleju rather than a king’s self-image.
Still more to explore
Besides these monuments, there is still more to explore in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Vastala Durga Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Taleju bell, Chyasalin mandap, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Phasidegal temple, Stone lions, Kumari house ( the house of the living goddess), and Durbar square hiti(a stone tap) at the end of the row.
This spiffing durbar square is full of stories, from monuments to the pillars of the chapel. Every piece of art had a spellbinding anecdote. Therefore, this is a perfect place to prosecute your imaginations because the statue cannot deem but you can.