Nepal – Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is about an hour bus ride east of Kathmandu centre. After a long walk to the bus station (I use this term loosely. It is a congregation of mini-buses in a dusty clearing where you have to shout out for “Bhaktapur” and hope that the young teenager hanging out of the open bus door can be trusted to guide you to the correct bus. No labels of course!), we crammed into a seat and made our way through and out of Kathmandu.

Friendly bus ride to Bhaktapur

Friendly bus ride to Bhaktapur

We were dropped off at the bus stop in the east of Bhaktapur, paid our entrance fee, and weaved through the brick laid streets of the “cultural capital of Nepal”. With history going back to the early 8th century, it used to be Nepal’s capital between the 12th and 15th century.

Ready to tackle Bhaktapur's   busy streets

Ready to tackle Bhaktapur’s busy streets

Finding a quiet corner to watch the day go by

Finding a quiet corner to watch the day go by

We passed locals drying rice in any available spare area, hanging dried corn, and selling handicrafts, pottery and fruit in the easternmost square, Tachupal Tole.

Spreading out rice for drying in the street

Spreading out rice for drying in the street

Anywhere is fair game

Anywhere is fair game

Local fruit, vegetables and rice grown in their own backyards

Local fruit, vegetables and rice grown in their own backyards

In and around Tachupal Tole

In and around Tachupal Tole

Be sure to try Bhaktapur’s famous Juju Dhau (The King of Curds) yogurt. Chilled, super creamy and delicious. There are many stores at the west end of town.

Enjoying creamy Juju Dhau"King of Curds" yogurt. Fairy floss anyone?

Enjoying creamy Juju Dhau “King of Curds” yogurt. Fairy floss anyone?

Bhaktapur really is a nice quiet break from the hustle and bustle of smoky Kathmandu. Dattatraya Square is the oldest part of the city; an open museum especially for wood carving, brass and bronze.

Taleju Bell overlooking Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Taleju Bell overlooking Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Water tanks around Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Water tanks around Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Dattatraya Temple

Dattatraya Temple

Taumadhi Tole is another important square with the best examples of engineering and architecture of multi roofed temples, water tanks and stone and wood sculptures.

Innocent and the not-so-innocent

Innocent and the not-so-innocent

(TL) Durbar Square carvings, (TR) The Golden Spout, 1678, (BL) Nyatapola Temple, (BR) Taleju Bell

(TL) Durbar Square carvings, (TR) The Golden Spout, 1678, (BL) Nyatapola Temple, (BR) Taleju Bell

We stayed two nights, which was perfect to see everything and observe the sunset sitting atop Nyatapola Temple, admiring the changing array of rich bronze colours.

Knock knock. Who's there?

Knock knock. Who’s there?

Sunset in Taumadhi Tole

Sunset in Taumadhi Tole

Visited 1 & 2 November 2013.

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We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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