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Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur, once medieval Kathmandu Valley’s seat of power, earns its accolade as Nepal’s best-preserved city. The earthquake of 2015 claimed many historic buildings, but the one-time flourishing kingdom is still packed with old-world charm. Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and heart of the city, is well-worth a visit.
 
The Basics
The former city-state of Bhaktapur, the most powerful of the three Malla Kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley, retains a medieval ambiance. Unlike Kathmandu and Patan, it is mainly car-free, so the stunning heritage city gives visitors a sense of centuries-ago lifestyles during royal times in Nepal. Durbar Square, now an open-air museum, contains impressive ancient royal landmarks, including the intricately wood-carved Palace of Fifty-Five Windows and the 17th-century Lion Gate.
 
Independent travelers can soak up the ambiance with a stroll through Bhaktapur’s cobblestoned streets and red-brick lanes, but visitors wanting more in-depth background information on the one-time kingdom’s history and culture should opt for a guided walking tour. Most excursions have morning or afternoon options and cover all the top heritage sites in Durbar Square—plus little-known corners of the city favored by locals.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is a must-see for history buffs and heritage enthusiasts.
  • Don’t forget to taste juju dhau, or “king’s yogurt,” a Bhaktapur delicacy.
  • Dress comfortably with proper footwear for cobblestoned streets and uneven surfaces.
  • Be prepared for a lot of walking, since the UNESCO-listed Old City is mainly vehicle-free.
 
How to Get There
Taxi rentals are available from Kathmandu and can be arranged through most hotels. But, the majority of sightseeing tours offer round-trip car transfers, usually with private hotel pickup—by far the easiest way to travel to Bhaktapur. Some tours to Nagarkot, including trekking excursions, also cover sightseeing visits to Bhaktapur en route.
 
When to Get There
Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, making Bhaktapur an ideal year-round destination. Time your visit for October to catch Tihar, the Nepali festival of lights, when the city lights up with clay candles to honor the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi. The Nepali New Year every April is celebrated with street processions led by gilded chariots.
 
Bhaktapur Hiking
For a complete cultural immersion, take a hike through stone villages and terraced farmlands in the Kathmandu Valley, home to multiple Nepali ethnic groups, but mainly the Newars. Trekking routes that begin in Bhaktapur usually ascend to the hilltop resort of Nagarkot, famous for its sunrise and sunset panoramas over the Himalayan mountain chain (on clear days, this even includes Mount Everest).
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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

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Many visitors to Kathmandu miss nearby Bhaktapur, a well-preserved medieval city-state and UNESCO-World Heritage site. Discover one of Nepal’s prettiest attractions during this behinds the scenes peek at the Newari city, famous for its intricate pagodas and delicate handicrafts. The in-depth tour also includes a visit to Panauti, where you’ll have a chance to meet with local entrepreneurs.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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$34.00
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Bhaktapur Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunset Tour

Bhaktapur Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunset Tour

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Spare yourself the risks of self-drive or the hassles of negotiating with taxis and relax in your own private vehicle on this guided tour of Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. Explore the medieval wonders of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, then soak up panoramic sunset views of the Himalayas from the hill town of Nagarkot.
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  • 6 hours
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$85.00
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Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

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Take a full-day private tour that combines the sunrise viewing at Nagarkot with a sightseeing trip to Bhaktapur—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rise early to depart from Kathmandu and reach high altitude Nagarkot in time to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. Continue to Bhaktapur after breakfast and visit top attractions in the culture-rich city, including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and 55 Window Palace. Your tour includes breakfast, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

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Ideally suited for travelers short on time, this enriching tour of Patan and Bhaktapur covers all the top highlights of both centuries-old former kingdoms. Discover the pinnacle of Newari architecture with a peek at traditional stone carvings and ancient Malla temples in two distinct, well-preserved city centers. Tours include a private guide, free time to shop for local handicrafts and comfortable, and round-trip transportation from your Kathmandu hotel.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$62.34
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City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

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See some of the finest ancient royal palaces of the Kathmandu Valley on this small-group day trip to Bhaktapur, a medieval capital of the Newar kingdom. Marvel at the temples and royal palace of the UNESCO-listed Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Then pass through Dattatreya Square and Nyatpole Temple Square en route to Patan Durbar Square, another World Heritage site located in the city of Lalitpur. Visit the Patan Museum for a look at Newari art with your informative guide before departing the ‘city of fine arts’ for Kathmandu.
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  • 8 hours
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$120.00
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Bhaktapur Old City and Durbar Square Half-Day Tour

Bhaktapur Old City and Durbar Square Half-Day Tour

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Travel with a knowledgeable guide on a half-day tour to Bhaktapur, an intriguing medieval city in the Kathmandu Valley. Once belonging to the Newar kingdom, the former capital of Nepal features ancient temples, palaces and artworks. Stroll the narrow pedestrian streets to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated in front of the royal palace. Explore the city's traditional neighborhoods, Nyatapola Temple, and Dattatreya Temple, with round-trip transport from Kathmandu.
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  • 4 hours
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$70.00
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Private Halfday Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

Private Halfday Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this half-day tour of Bhaktapur, one of the Kathmandu Valley's ancient royal cities. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durbar Square, then learn about the Newari lifestyle and the city's history as the "City of Devotees." Private transportation and all entrance fees included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Nagarkot sunrise with trip to Changu Narayan Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Nagarkot sunrise with trip to Changu Narayan Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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Nagarkot is located 25 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is on the northeastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level. It is the most scenic spots renowned for its sunrise views of the Himalayas. You can see Mount Everest with its snow-topped peaks from an observation tower. The ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan is located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu. This shrine is dedicated to lord Visnu and held in special reverence by the Hindu people. This temple is considered to be the oldest temple in the history of Nepal. Bhaktapur is the living representation of how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked like during the medieval periods. Its glorious architecture; sky-high temples built in pagoda style- the stairway to the heaven, fine clay pottery, and massive royal courtyards whose existence date back to the 12th century, where devotees, still, celebrate their pre-historic festivals by equal amount of gusto and passion.
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  • 8 hours
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$102.00
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$102.00
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Bhaktapur Darbar Square Day tour

Bhaktapur Darbar Square Day tour

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Discover top sights in the stunning, medieval city of Bhaktapur during this full-day guided tour, which includes skip-the-line admission tickets to the historic center. Beat the rush and save time for more sightseeing in UNESCO-listed Durbar Square, home to iconic, centuries-old shrines and palaces, including the former royal seat of Nepal. Private transportation is included.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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$96.00
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$96.00
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Private Day Tour: Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu

Private Day Tour: Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu

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See the treasures of the ancient medieval cities of Patan and Bhaktapur on a private tour from Kathmandu. View Newari architectural gems in Patan Durbar Square, and visit a Tibetan handicraft center. Then continue to Bhaktapur Durbar Square where you see highlights like the 55-Window Palace, Golden Gate, and Potter's Square. Your guide shares the history of the Kathmandu Valley and the impact of the 2015 earthquake in the region.
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  • 8 hours
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Day Tour of Patan & Bhaktapur Valley

Day Tour of Patan & Bhaktapur Valley

We have local guide to take you to this tour who gives you a great information about the culture, history and local living in Nepal. In addition, we are, Nepal Based Travel Company. We ensure 100% Customer Care and Professionally Guided trip. Our tours are Carefully Designed. We provide deluxe private vehicle to comfort your tour drive, and flexibility on the tour. Once booked, your trip is Guarantee to Run. Best Price Guaranteed. Advanced Adventures is Responsible Travel Company. Advanced Adventure has been fully connected with social organization of Nepal called Pioneer Foundation Nepal. We have been helping in the rural school with setting up their computer class, library, providing them sports materials, sanitation and clean up campaign of Gorkha and mountain region in Nepal.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$79.34
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Private Half-Day Tour to Bhaktapur With Lunch

Private Half-Day Tour to Bhaktapur With Lunch

Explore the highlights of Bhaktapur with your own private guide on a half-day tour from Kathmandu. One of three holy cities in Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur has gorgeous temples and monuments, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide shows you attractions including the 55 window palace, Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, and Dattatraya Temple. Have time to browse ceramics made by expert artisans, and stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Your tour includes private guide and vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$68.00
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$68.00
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Bhaktapur, Sightseeing with Nagarkot Hiking

Bhaktapur, Sightseeing with Nagarkot Hiking

Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the Newari architecture, art, and heritage while wandering in and around the ancient palace. Fuel up on some traditional Newari cuisine so you have the energy for the hike Nagarkot is situated at 2195m, is a quiet and scenic hilltop about 32 km from Kathmandu. It is an outstanding mountain viewpoint. You also get to experience typical village life found in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas then visit to the Nagarkot Tower, from here, one could see the breath-taking views of the major Himalayan peaks of Nepal like Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, sisa pagma, Choyu, Gauri Shankar, etc.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$85.34
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$85.34

Bhaktapur Day Tour

Bhaktapur Day Tour

Bhaktapur is known for the massive Bhaktapur Durbar square. Here, you will be able to see the amazing 55-window palace and the ancient Golden gate situated right at the entrance of the square, recognized as one of the most distinguished architectures. Moving forward, you come across numerous mud made pots that have been left to dry out in the sun. The locals here are mostly Newar and while being there you could try the local Newari dishes and let your taste buds experience something new. Another site you must visit while in Bhaktapur is the Tamaudi. It captures the eyes of the certain onlooker as the intricately designed Naytapola temple lies in the center
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Bhaktapur UNESCO Heritage Site Tour with Guide

Bhaktapur UNESCO Heritage Site Tour with Guide

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Opportunity to explore UNESCO world heritage site tour to know ancient architecture and king's palace of Nepal. As well as at the same time we will visit temples.
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  • 2 to 3 minutes
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$61.54
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$61.54
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Full day Kathmandu-Bhaktapur Sightseeing

Full day Kathmandu-Bhaktapur Sightseeing

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It covers the three not to miss spots in and around Kathmandu valley. With a one day tour, the visitors can get acquainted with the famous stupas and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Bhaktapur Day tour

Bhaktapur Day tour

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Bhaktapur is an open museum most ancient city of Nepal. The whole tour is full of heritage walk. Historic architecture and temples. Lifestyle of the Newars.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$40.54
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Cultural highlights round trip Nepal in 10 days

Cultural highlights round trip Nepal in 10 days

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Save yourself days of advance planning by opting for a 10-day tour of Nepal, during which your guide takes care of transfers, accommodation, and all activities. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour allows you to overcome the language barrier and reveals a local side of Nepal that most first-time visitors miss.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,002.95
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$1,002.95
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Seven World Heritage Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Seven World Heritage Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

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Kathmandu’s top sights are spread throughout the sprawling capital, meaning most visitors end up missing key attractions. On this action-packed day tour, you’ll cover all of the region’s UNESCO-listed highlights. Travel in a comfortable private car between locations in the city, with a private guide on-hand to supply information and background. You’ll also enjoy lunch in stunning Bhaktapur and venture to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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$175.00
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Golden triangle (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan) Cities Tour

Golden triangle (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan) Cities Tour

This is a 3 days sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. Explore rich ancient cultures, ancients temples, Stupas, Vihars, religious shrines, Newari settlements of three nearby medieval Kingdoms, namely Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Spare yourself the hassle of juggling itineraries, guides, drivers, vehicles, entrance fees. Visit UNESCO listed World Heritage sites which includes Pashupatinath temple, Boudanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Enjoy magnificent Himalayan Mountain view from Nagarkot Hill station. Wonder around Bhaktapur Durbar square where the past still remains alive. Discover Changu Narayan Temple, considered to be the oldest remaining temple in Nepal. Stroll around two ancient towns Bungmati and Kirtipur to observe newari settlements, houses, and their day to day lifestyle. Finally admire Patan the city of fine arts with durbar, vihars, alleys, courtyards.
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  • 3 days
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$305.00
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$305.00
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Bhaktapur and Changunarayan heritage tour

Bhaktapur and Changunarayan heritage tour

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the largest medieval period Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley. It is located in the Bhaktapur district which is 13 km away from the capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur is like an open museum, one can observe the historical architecture, monuments, shrines and artistic wooden and metal works in and around the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square is also enlisted as UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. Another destination is Changunarayan which is few miles away from Bhaktapur. Chagunarayan is believed to be oldest Hindu temple in the history of Nepal. Most of the people visit Changunarayan on the way to Nagarkot by hiking or vehicle. This temple is also renowned as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.40
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$86.40
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Panauti with Bhaktapur Day trip

Panauti with Bhaktapur Day trip

A day trip begins from Kathmandu with first sightseeing at Panauti Village. Then continue sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Panauti is a historical Newari town which is around 32 km southeast of Kathmandu on the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. Panauti, once a major trading center with its own royal palace, today consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area's most important medieval sites. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses. Bhaktapur, where you will witness unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship.You will see Bhaktapur's renowned attractions such as the Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windows Malla Palace.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Dhagpo Sheydrub Ling (Nala) Monastery and Bhaktapur Durbar square sightseeing:

Dhagpo Sheydrub Ling (Nala) Monastery and Bhaktapur Durbar square sightseeing:

On this day tour from Kathmandu, enjoy the city of Bhaktapur and the Monastery of Nala. Dhagpo Sheydrub Ling Monastery is located on Nala, Banepa, Kavre, The monastery is full of natural beauty, Tibetan architecture and culture site. It is surrounded by lush green valley. The picturesque topography is remarkable that attracts the visitors to the area around the Monastery. It is very peaceful and quite, one can visit it for meditation practices and also for learning about Buddhism. The architecture and the beauty of The White Gumba forces people to snap pictures. It also focus on giving education for Buddhist children.It is built on the top of the hill.We can also find different art and sculpture inside the gumba. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, located 15 km from Kathmandu, is a museum of medieval art and architecture with many examples of sculptures, woodcarvings and colossal pagoda temples consecrated to different gods and goddesses.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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 Private Full Day Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square Sightseeing from Kathmandu

Private Full Day Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square Sightseeing from Kathmandu

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct squares. Bhaktapur is the living representation of how the entire Kathmandu Valley would have looked like during the medieval periods. The city is celebrated for its glorious architecture; sky-high temples built in pagoda style - which is the stairway to the heaven, fine clay pottery, and massive royal courtyards dating back to the 12th century, where devotees, still, celebrate their pre-historic festivals by equal amount of gusto and passion. Patan is 5 km away from, Kathmandu, but, despite such proximity, its 'preserved' ancestral uniqueness distinguishes it as a different environment to experience in a short travel. Patan is a melting pot of two religions, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Patan is also known as Lalitpur, "City of Beauty", and its unique Durbar Squares, temples, alleys, cuisine, hospitality and religious tolerance justify the pre-historic status of the city.
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  • 7 hours
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$95.00
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$95.00
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