Haven’t you heard this saying, “ It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”? In case you have heard enough about Bhaktapur, you should not think much and make your move to the city.
However, if you are still learning about Bhaktapur and wanna know why you should visit Bhaktapur, then this post certainly is for you.
Bhaktapur, an ancient city honed by the title “the open museum of the world”, is not only listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site but is also full of awe-aspiring monuments. Fairly, it has been preserving centuries-old sculptures and scriptures in the 17th century’s manor. Giving us a chance to navigate through the then palace and learn thereby their pasts.
Adding more to it, Bhaktapur impartially presents the more bounteous artistic signs of an ancient civilization. The paubha painting, likewise the Thanka Painting, wall paintings, carvings on the struts, windows, doors, and in possible areas of the palaces and temples, the messages behind them, all these things showcases a different side of the ancient civilization and their success.
Bhaktapur is one among the three burghs that are counted as the greatest kingdom of the Malla era. Thus, there are more historical stories and pieces of evidence. However, this does not bound Bhaktapur to be limited. There are other aspects of Bhaktapur that draws your faces into a maze full of thoughts.
That other aspect of Bhaktapur somehow also includes the designation of it as “the city of temples” in Nepal.
Reason? Of course, the existence of unnumbered temples.
Although these unnumbered temples include several major temples (which contains quite a weird name), it also computes those minor temples laying in between the roads, Pikhalachhen of each household and every cornered deity.
It’s just a minor way of representing Bhaktapur. There are even more plausible reasons to visit Bhaktapur.
To make it easy, I have made a list of matters that allure you to travel to Bhaktapur. And, here they go:
- Bhaktapur is a comparatively very clean city than the other major cities of Nepal. You can sense that right after crossing the Manohara River, which also marks the border of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
- The taste of Juju Dhau. It is a sweet custard served in an earthen pot named, Sali. Like the name, it is the king of all curds.
If you wanna know how is it made, then you can also check out the following blog.
How exactly the famous Juju dhau of Bhaktapur is made?
- The world-famous peacock window. On the eastern façade of the woodcarving museum of Bhaktapur, there is this epic window. The sole window itself is a masterpiece. That’s why it was also subtitled as the Monalisa of Nepal by foreign visitors, in respect of its beauty.
- Then comes the puzzling streets, the alleys of Bhaktapur. They are actually like loopholes. With these alleys, you could surprisingly reach another end of the city even without passing the main streets. Moreover, they are the best way to explore the core lifestyle of Bhaktapurians.
- Along with the alleys, Bhaktapur is bound with legendary stories and mysterious history. That’s why I suggest you visit Bhaktapur with a local guide.
- Good at counting? Then, you should count out the ponds, rest houses and stone spouts on your walk to Bhaktapur. You surely would get an amazing number of them.
- Enjoy the liveliness of Bhaktapur in the evening, with a sip of a local cup of tea @Dattatraya square. However, if you wanna enjoy the sunset along with the scene of the city vividly drawing into a nightlight, of course with a cup of tea, then you should not miss the Subarneshwor.
- Continuous festivals and Festa which comes along with them. Bhaktapur is kindly good to enjoy street festivals especially the Gai Jatra, Biska Jatra, Indra Jatra, and Khame Jatra. However, it could be quite risky too, considering the number of people participating in it.
Besides the aforementioned jatra, there are other minors and major festivals that are celebrated in Bhaktapur. However, they are, most of the time celebrated within a community or in their household only.
Do you know, all these street festivals at one point crosses all the four major squares of Bhaktapur?
- The foremost main attraction of Bhaktapur; the four squares of Bhaktapur.
- Bhaktapur is often visited to encounter live pottery practices. Especially in pottery square, you can notice the attachment and handling process of Prajapati people towards their pottery works. You can also join them accompanying, as long as you have their permission.
- With numerous ages-old monuments, it also has the divine beauty of nature. The mystic mountain view from Nagarkot during sunrise is one breathtaking experience.
- The third fourth side of Bhaktapur is surrounded by woods, green woods. Thus, there is much more hiking trails and camping sites in Bhaktapur.
Reminding, did you read our blog post regarding camping in Bhaktapur?
- It’s a paradise for Ornithophile. The Ranikot fort of Bhaktapur is one prominent point for bird watching. Likewise the jungle of Suryabinayak, an open zoo.
- With a variety of habitats, Bhaktapur today is getting its popularity from adventure activities like zip-lining and sky cycling. #Ghhyampedanda
- Well, you must try out the newari outfits while you stay in Bhaktapur. You must agree that they have an amazing dressing sense. Moreover, the ornaments they wear is uniquely impressive.
Here is a blog related to the traditional pieces of jewellery of Newa culture.
Traditional Newa Jewellery
- Bhaktapur, at the very least, is an open lab for researchers, archaeologists, historians, cultural specialists and photographers as well. This archaeologically blended city is filled with scattered evidence of sculptures and historical shreds.
- Bhaktapur somehow is also famous for handmade souvenirs like the Bhadgaule topi, Hakupatasi (local handmade sari), brass and bronze statues, handmade papers and so on.
The following blog post might help you at least a little to get friendly with the had products available in Bhaktapur.
Handicrafts; the best ever gift to give someone
- Bhaktapur is a good subject to be photographed. Especially for street photography, bird photography, cultural and festivals photography. The sight of Aji Baje (Grandfather and grandmother) walking towards the temple, sitting in a row in the pati, the freshness of the morning walk on the vegetable market, is just amazing to be even visualized.
However, the aforementioned points of mine towards seeing Bhaktapur might actually not the end of it. There might be more things to explore in Bhaktapur. Thus, if you have anything that you think, should be added overhere, then please feel free to write us. Or else, you can leave a comment below.