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Bhaktapur is an ancient city and is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances and indigenous lifestyle of Newari community. It is just 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Bhaktapur also known as Bhadgaon is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Bhaktapur is a popular day-trip destination for tourists visiting Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur's main square, Durbar Square, houses the 55-window Palace which was constructed by King Bhupatindra 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 the both Taleju Bhawani and Kumari. Entrance to the temple is restricted to Hindus and the living goddess strictly cannot be photographed.

Don't leave Bhaktapur without trying some of their famous yogurt with local honey -- Juju-dhau, literally the "King of all yogurt.


Location : Bhaktapur District

Significance : Living Heritage

Places to Visit : Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Siddha Pokhari, Batsala Temple, Dattraya Temple, Nyatapole Temple