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Bhaktapur, Nepal's best-preserved old city

Bhaktapur (meaning “City of Devotees”), once known as Bhadgaon and Khwopa (in the Newari language) is one of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley, about 13 kilometres to the east of Kathmandu. It has resisted rapid change of the other two cities in the valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the best-preserved old city centre with its palace courtyards in Nepal.

View to Bhaktapur
 
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
 
Golden Gate to the Royal Palace
 
55 Windows Palace
 
Bhupatindra Malla Statue
 
Meeting at a bas relief
 
Woman raking grain
 
Pashupatinath Temple
 
Nyatapola Temple
 
Nyatapola Temple steps
 
Nyatapola Temple roof
 
Political demonstration
 
Bhairavnath Temple
 
Bhairavnath Temple
 
Funeral procession, Bhaktapur
 
Selling fruit, Bhaktapur
 
Street in Bhaktapur
 
On the streets, Bhaktapur
 
Narrow street, Bhaktapur
 
Children, Bhaktapur
 
Drying grain, Dattatraya Temple
 
Dattatraya Temple
 
Front portal, Dattatraya Temple
 
Small Buddhist stupa, Bhaktapur
 
Woodcarvings, Pujari Math Museum
 
Balcony, Pujari Math Museum
 
Peacock window
 
Peacock window
 
Old man, sleeping
 
Girls spinning wool
 
Woman buying a chicken
 
Woman carrying a load
 
Girl on the market
 
Boy carrying a child
 
Newar woman
 
View to Bhaktapur
 

It was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley and the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. King Bhupatindra Malla ruled Bhadgaon from 1696 to 1722, and during his reign, the Royal palace complex was built. The square in Bhaktapur was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1934. The magnificent Golden Gate in the gatehouse to the Royal Palace remains, as well as the façade of the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, completed in 1754. A considerable amount of damage was done to the palace complex during the earthquakes of both 1934 and 2015.

There are beautiful temples and pagodas around the palace, dedicated to various Hindu deities. There is the late 15th century Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Shiva, the Nyatapola temple with its five-tier roof, just over thirty metres high and many others. Beautiful woodcarvings are everywhere. The Pujari Math Museum buildings, used initially as Hindu priests’ houses, has the most excellent examples of this intricate art. But it is very much a living city, with women drying grain on the squares, in front of temples and stupas.