Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktaput city is set far from the screeching vehicles and noisy environment. The highlight of the city -Bhaktapur Durbar Square marks peacefulness and lies only 20 km east of Kathmandu city. Bhaktapur city is also regarded as the cultural city and allures lots of domestic and international visitors.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, renowned for its antique heritages from the 15th century displays the masterwork of metal, wood, and stone arts. It in fact exhibits the vividness of very old era. Exploring around the calm Durbar Square and observing the amazing art and architecture of prehistoric times will captivate anyone.

Attractions of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

55 Window Palace

55 Window Palace is the major appeal of the Bhaktapur Durbar square constructed by King Bhupatindra Malla. The 55 Window Palace used to be the dwelling set for royal family. By its name, it has beautifully carved 55 windows and peacock windows which are in fact are the architectural treasure. Now, it has been turned into a national gallery depicting fine craftsmanship.

National gallery

National gallery within 55 window palace is an appealing place to visit. The gallery contains set of paintings, historical manuscripts, Thangkas and more.

Golden Gate

Golden gate is the access point to enter the main square of the fifty-five windows palace. This gate is well-known for its superb gold plated metalwork.

Lions Gate:

Lion’s gate is another attraction of the Durbar Square with the enormous gate protected by two lion statues on both sides of the gate. Alongside the gate, there are statues of Lord Shiva and goddess Ugrachandi.

Nyatapola Temple:

The word ‘Nyatapola’ means five storied ‘in Newari language. Built in pagoda style, Nyatapola Temple is dedicated to goddess Laxmi. This temple is constructed to perfection of artistic beauty.

Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla:

King Bhupatindra Malla was one the best known kings of Bhaktapur in the past days. The king played a vital role in producing stirring art and architecture in Bhaktapur. The bronze statue is built with folded hands on the top of the pillar and is one of the highlights of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Dattatreya Temple:

Dattatreya square also holds a lot of historic monuments and artistic shrines. It is believed that this three-storied shrine is constructed from a timber of a single tree. The terrific fact about this temple is it has resisted several natural calamities since ages.


There are many other temples spread in Durbar Square devoted to a variety of deities. Besides the religious significance these temples, it also has great architectural worth.

Vatsala Temple, Mini Pashupatinath Temple, Bhairav Nath Temple, Badrinath temple, Rameshwor temple and a lot of other temples around the Durbar square allures anyone with its intricate artwork.

Strolling around these antique heritages brings a kind of calmness. There are local restaurants presenting local Newari and a range of cuisines. ‘Juju Dhau’ which means king of curds is something you should not miss to savor her.

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Balaram Thapa

Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.

He started his career as a trekking support staff in 1998 and gradually earned a status of trekking leader. He has trekked several trekking routes such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Mustang, Makalu, etc. Thus has immense knowledge about the trekking routes of Nepal. Alongside this, he has also organized several tours to Bhutan and Tibet as a tour guide. He has traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy promoting Nepal’s tourism.

After earning lots of experience in this field, he wanted to explore his own business ideology. He along with his brother- Ganga Raj Thapa start their own company, Nepal Hiking Team in 2009. He is friendly and works side by side with the staff inspiring and motivating them. He is an expert travel consultant and handles all the concerns of travelers regarding their trip. He inspires people to travel new and unique destinations and implement the same ideology on himself as well.

He started his journey 22 years ago and has immense experience in this field. His passion for traveling has made his 22 years of working journey, a precious phase of his life. And he plans to continue doing this and add more years in it.

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