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Bhaktapur, Nepal

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.

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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

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Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
$34.00 per adult
Great
Had alot of fun walking through the really old city and seeing all the great sites, I would definitely recommend this trip.
Ethan_R, Sep 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kathmandu

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Great day trip!
MiloGretaVentures, Oct 2019
Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu
We went on the Nagarkot sunrise and Bhaktapur Durbar Square tour and it was excellent. Prakash was very knowledgeable about the history and landscape that we were seeing. We were lucky to see the sunrise and the view of several Himalayan mountain ranges. I recommend this tour and company.
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Lovely tour!
Janina_P, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
We had such a wonderful time! The guide was so nice and we learned a lot. I recommend this to everyone who wants to see more of the beautiful places in the region.
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Great daytrip
Flyer826722, Dec 2019
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
I took this daytrip to escape from the noise of Kathmandu and Thamel, and it was awesome. My guide was very accomodating and he was explaining the different places and buildings as we went. The only cons is that it's more a half day trip and I would have liked to spend more time visting Bhaktapur. I really recommend doing this if you are in kathmandu and want a more quiet experience.
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Wonderful trip
juergenisenberg71, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
This trip to two ancient places in the Kathmandu valley is highly recommended. The squares and temples are amazing. Especially when you have Dilip as your guide. It seems that he knows a lot about the Nepali history, can answer any question. Very pleasant, nice guy.
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Fantastic sunset views
albahi, Jan 2020
Bhaktapur Sightseeing with Nagarkot Sunset Tour
Fantastic tour. A very knowleable tour guide. Sunset views are fantastic. Professionalism and puncticulaty are commendables. Prepare yourself to very bad roads. You will have fantastic body massage caused by the car. Also attention to the cold weather although the temperature was around 6 deg. C.
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Bhaktapur & Patan with Shanti Karki!
P3403IUmonicam, Dec 2019
City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square
This was a spectacular tour of two magical ancient sacred sites! it is mind boggling to imagine these places still exist and I feel very lucky to have been able to do so. Shanti Karki is an excellent guide with a wealth of information about every aspect of the trip, is very patient with all my questions, not to mention an excellent photographer! An unforgettable tour!
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Good but not really a full day
HK355, Nov 2019
Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu
We were picked up a 4:30 for the drive to Nagarkot in the dark. There was no commentary but then it was hard to see anything. Arrived in time for the sunrise and did get one on a nice day. (The morning was chilly so dress appropriately) Breakfast was provided at a nearby hotel and followed by a walking tour of old Bhaktapur. Our guide Prakash was knowledgeable and it was nice to see Bhaktapur’s Durban Square survives the 2015 earthquake better than Kathmandu. Tickets to enter the city were Us$30 per person (as indicated n the brief). On top of this we had to pay another $7 for the two of us to see the sunrise a couple km up a road into a park. This was not mentioned when booking.. We were dropped off back at the hotel at 10:15. (6:45 duration) You’ll spend most of your time driving back and forth and taking in the sunrise. The walking part of tour was around an hour although we were offered the option of wandering around by ourselves once it finished. If you’re short of time this hits some of the highlights.
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A better insight of the Kathmandu Valley
terroir, Jan 2020
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
I loved the day trip - full of surprises and good thoughts, and a delicious lentil flour pancake. Januja and the driver and the electric car were wonderful. Thank you.
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Beyond Excellent
Alice E, Oct 2019
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
We’ve been on a lot of tours, and this one was one of the best, if not the best. Our guide, Prasant, was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to answer just about every question we threw at him. He gave a very sensitive analysis of everything we saw and pitched his explanations to exactly the right level for our interests. His English was excellent and clear and the car was comfortable. We’ve been raving about the tour since it ended. It was the highlight of our visit to Kathmandu. Very, very highly recommended.
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Out of this world!
natashadeolive, Oct 2019
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
Thanks a million Dillip for such a magical day.So professional, warm and kind.We had the absolute perfect day together.Like something out of a Indiana Jones movie.Would definitely recommend...outstanding scenery and tour guide ♡ Natasha & Juliano
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Exceptional Experience
Companion601885, Oct 2019
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
Mohini was my guide for this adventure and I am as impressed by her knowledge and as by her unflagging enthusiasm. The information about the sites was detailed and provided with context. I was also impressed that the car used for transport was an electric vehicle. I was happy to hear that the tour company is concerned about the environment. I highly recommend this tour!
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Full day tour of Kathmandu surrounding attractions
Rob-AusTraveller, Oct 2019
Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu
This tour is amazing value and Kalpana our guide was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable in terms or history and culture, promoting grassroots tourism with an emphasis on the empowerment of women in business. The sights visited were wonderful. I would definitely recommend this tour without hesitation.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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