Bhaktapur “Khwopa” in local name. By its well-designed art, this city becomes famous worldwide. Marvelous culture and ethnic lifestyle. For its royal memorials, lively festivals and the native Newars best known for their extensive history of craftsmanship. This ancient city is also variously known as the “Nepal’s Cultural Gem”, “Living Heritage” and the “City of Culture”. Given such unmatched richness in ancient art and culture. It is just like an open museum, and the atmosphere here is such that it instantly conveyances visitors back by centuries the moment they step into its ground.
Bhaktapur has its jewel in the Durbar Square—a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO. Strewn with exceptional palaces, monasteries, and temples best admired for their beautiful artworks in metal, wood, and stone. The palatial territory has bewitched pilgrims and tourists for centuries. Adding to the mesmeric environs is the holy Himalaya that makes the background of the city. Extending all along the township, the panoramic Himalaya soars in the horizon as if to keep watchfulness on the city’s enviable loveliness and magnificence. Bhaktapur, It grows from a collection of villages strung along the old trade route between India and Tibet. At 1,401 meters above sea level, spreads over an area of 6.88 square kilometers. This makes Bhaktapur awesome middle point for ancient trade.
Bhaktapur is the capital city of the Superior Malla Kingdom till the 15th century. In 12th-century king, Ananda Malla established this kingdom. But it was only in the early 18th century that this city acquired its present form. That was the time that many of Bhaktapur’s extreme monuments were built by the then Malla rulers.
MONUMENTS In Bhaktapur
Monumental masterworks in Bhaktapur are countless, and each is more beautiful than the other. Typically terra-cotta structures supported by carved wooden columns, decoratively carved struts, windows and doors, golden roofs and pinnacles, open roomy courts all around and, above all, the captivating divine images reigning over the monument—many edifices have many things in common, yet their mixed shape, size, and designs make the one even more amazing than the other.
In Bhaktapur, visitors meet a smaller or larger monument almost at every 20 or 30 steps. Possibly speechless by the clusters of monuments, a visitor in the past had admired the Kathmandu Valley, saying that “every other building (in the Valley) is a temple and every other day is a festival”.
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