Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour — Bhaktapur One Day Sightseeing Tour
Bhaktapur, historically known as Khwopa, was the capital of Nepal during the Malla Dynasty, from the 12th to 15th centuries. Today, Bhaktapur inhabits over 200,000 people and is well-known as “a place of living history”.
The city is important in terms of its rich ancient artwork. The narrow streets and old brick buildings with extraordinary carvings are its specialty.
Out of the three main cities of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is highly Hindu influenced. 90% of the population in Bhaktapur follow Hinduism. Although more Hindus are living in Bhaktapur, you will find numerous artistic shrines and monuments highlighting both Hinduism and Buddhism.
If we talk about the inhabitants of Bhaktapur, ‘Newar’ is the prime name. Newars are the 6th largest ethnic group in Nepal and the traditional citizens of the Kathmandu Valley. Your one-day tour in Bhaktapur will give you an entire experience of the Newari culture. Normally, the multiple-roofed pagoda and unique-styled windows highlight the typical Newari culture.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour :
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is listed as one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the main central square of Bhaktapur. The durbar square is a major attraction of the city decorated with intricate shrines and gracefully carved pieces of artwork.
Pottery Square is a distinct square that you must visit within the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will witness an assortment of pots laid across the grounds for drying. Also, the tallest monument in the entire country, Nyatapole Temple is surely worth visiting. The temple is open to the public once a year during the great Nepalese festival, Dashain. This intricately designed five-storied temple will not fail to amuse you.
In short, Bhaktapur is a very properly planned ancient city with numerous religious temples, perfect squares, and sunken wells. The busy streets display lots of cultural handicrafts that make perfect souvenirs. You can shop around the durbar square area while observing the local lifestyle. You can try some famous Newari dishes while you are around the durbar square area. You will surely not regret trying the traditional Newari cuisine. Most importantly, you should not forget to try the heavenly ‘Juju Dhau’. It is this delicious sweet creamy yogurt that is stored in traditional clay pots.
Itinerary of Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour:
Bhaktapur is situated around 12km outside of Kathmandu city. Thus, you will need to drive about 20km to the east from Kathmandu. The schedule is planned to make sure you don’t miss out on the four major landmarks. These include the Durbar Square, Pottery Square, Taumadhi Square, and Dattatreya Square.
Visit one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and experience the place of living history.
Get a chance to visit the tallest five-storied Nyatapole temple.
Take a tour around the entire city observing the traditional and cultural surroundings.
Do not miss out on trying the one and only special Juju Dhau of Bhaktapur.
Savor the traditional Newari dishes appreciating the wonderful view of the squares.
The one-day sightseeing tour can be experienced any time of the year.
Entry to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site will cost you around NRs.1500.
Dress comfortably and wear proper footwear as you have to walk around the durbar square which is mainly vehicle-free.
Do not miss to try the Newari cuisine available at many local restaurants. You can ask your tour guide to take you to the famous eateries of Bhaktapur.
The itinerary is flexible. If you want to visit places other than the ones mentioned in the itinerary then, you need to consult with the staff beforehand.
You can shop around for souvenirs during the sightseeing tour. The local streets are full of cultural handicrafts perfect to take home as souvenirs.
Your guide will be experienced and fluent in English. So, you can ask about the history of Bhaktapur and any other monument you find interesting.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) of Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour
What kind of vehicle will be using for this journey?
The sightseeing tour will be conducted in a private jeep or car. Depending on the number of people in your group, we can either go for a 36-seater or a smaller 21-seater. Since the immediate areas of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are traffic-free, you will have to walk for the most part of the sightseeing tour.
Where can I taste Juju Dhau in Bhaktapur?
Juju Dhau is sweet creamy yogurt that is stored in a traditional clay pot. You can taste Juju Dhau in local shops around Bhaktapur. They are usually stored in a fridge. Almost every dairy shop in Bhaktapur has Juju Dhau. If you are confused about where to buy Juju Dhau, your guide can take you to the shop.
What is the best season for Patan Sightseeing Tour?
The best seasons to visit Nepal are during spring and autumn. Spring season begins at the end of February and lasts until June, whereas, autumn begins at mid-September and continues until the end of November. Monsoon can be the least interesting time for Patan sightseeing tour mainly because of the need to walk around with an umbrella.
Is the durbar square traffic-free?
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, it is one of the most important touristic sites in Kathmandu valley that needs to be preserved. It is important that these areas are not too crowded. The durbar square is not completely traffic-free. However, the immediate areas of the durbar squares are traffic-free. This includes the entrance gate to the Siddhi Laxmi temple.