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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the square plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. It is 1,400 meters above from sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many tourists attraction is toward the Pachpanna Jhyale(Fifty Five Windows) durbar. This city, rich in ancient arts, religious values, fabulous cultural traditions, architectural masterpieces and ancient sculptures, is also known as an open museum. Moreover, the city is also famous as a city of gods. Bhaktapur has a cluster of temples, pagodas, monuments, courtyard, squares, traditional houses, artistic stones, taps, also Buddhist shrines and monasteries built in different times of the history. The existing civilization characterized by Newari lifestyle and their fabulous traditions and rituals reflected in the day to day activities is the main point of attraction for foreigners visiting this city. Tourists generally notice a marked uniqueness in the festivals, cultural events and Newari traditions observed by the people of Bhaktapur. This beautiful and clean city teemed with architectural masterpieces, artistic temple and shrines and ancient paintings, has been able to preserve in historical identity and civilization. It is famous as the main destination for domestic as well as international tourists. Though Bhaktapur is the smallest district of Nepal, it is rich in terms of its varied tourist attraction.

Five storied temples, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple, 55 Windows Durbar, (Palace) Dattatraya area and Siddhapokhari are the main attractions of can easily come to notice Newari Language, arts culture and costumes.

Renowned for Juju Dhau (King sweet curd), clay pots and wood carving artistry. Bhaktapur has earned a worldwide reputation as a unique city. A foreign tourist has to pay an entry fee to visit this historical city which lies at a distance of 10 km from Kathmandu. The whole area is informally known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.

The Durbar Square proper houses the 55-window Palace which was constructed by King Jitamitra Malla and was home to royalty until 1769. It is now a national gallery. Close by is the Golden Gate which leads into Mulchok Court which is home to the Taleju Temple. This temple, like others in the main towns of the Kathmandu Valley, is dedicated to the goddess Taleju Bhawani and includes shrines to both the Taleju Bhawani and Kumari.

Entrance to the temple is restricted and the living goddess strictly cannot be photographed. The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several countries. The royal palace was originally situated at Dattaraya square and was only later moved to the Durbar Square location.

Pottery Square is one of the beautiful tourist sites of Bhaktapur. The square is famous for artistically shaped potteries made out of clay. Tourists love to see potteries made of clay before their eyes. Tourists do not miss the visit of pottery square. They take pains to reach the square and take lots of photos. It is a lovely sight to see the earthenwares made with raw clay by hand or in wheels. Some tourists even move the wheels for a memorable experience. The Prajapati caste has been a part of this oldest occupation of Bhaktapur since the ancient Malla times. Juddha Shamsher of Rana Regime used to eat things made only in clay pots. There is also a saying that Juddha Shamsher even took clay made pots during his visit to Great Britain. There are also recent stories about old people eating things cooked in clay made pots.

Taluko is the name of Pottery square lying very close to historical Five-Storey Temple of Bhaktapur. Once, the historical story is popular here which says that Taluko was believed to be an unholy place and unfair for human habitation. It was believed that during Malla times Aachhaje made a study to establish Dampho of Taluka or Gorakhnath Temple to make it fir for residential purpose.

 


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