The Secrets of Kathmandu Valley: Bakthapur City

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Bakthapur Backdrop on top of the Nyatapola Temple

They said that among the Three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley, one that you must not miss is the Bakthapur Durbar Square. Even the Nepalese that I encountered during research of this trip, they said that have this on the priority list to visit, as It contains vast collection of temples, artifacts and royal places that are preserved for next generation. Currently it is one of the renowned world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley back by the support of the international community. *Excited*

ImageKantipur arranged for our car  for the whole day! 

We finally decided to start finding the secrets of Kathmandu by commencing the visit to Bakthapur Area, around 20 kms from the capital of Nepal. Since e are a group of four, we decided to rent a car for the whole day that will kick off from Bakthapur to Nagarkot and be back to Thamel in the afternoon.

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Along Kathmandu Roads

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for Foreigners, NR 1, 100 for the whole city!Image
For travel novice like me in Nepal, Durbar Square is a  very popular term for their Culture. We might refer them to our version of Plaza and Ayutamiento in every small town in the Philippines. During our tour, they explained to us that These Durbar Squares are the seat of governance and religion of a certain community that is often run by a royal family before. Like in our small towns in Philippines, there is a close proximity in Religious Temple, a legislative and executive houses and a place to gather public during which are essential government planning in a community.

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First group shot! 🙂

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ImageOne of the things that amazes me is how do they mixed the Buddhist and Hindu culture in Nepal. Our Tour guide informed us that way back, geographically speaking, India and Tibet trading point is Nepal. These two places shared ideas and religious customs that resulted in the birth of the country embracing two different cultures and creating harmony on both.ImageIntricate work of Art on some statues in Temples
ImageBhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Some of the places that we suggest that you must see are:

  • 55 Window Palace: Built in the 15th century, the 55 Window Palace is the dominating architectural structure in the square. Golden Gate: The main entrance to the palace, the golden gate is a masterpiece of artwork.

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  • Lion’s Gate: The magnificent and beautiful gate was produced from artisans whose hands were cut off after finishing touch to them by the envious Bhadgoun king so that no more of such masterpiece would be produced again

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  • Mini Pashupati Temple: The holy god Shiva temple, the mini pashupati, is believed to be built right in front of the palace after a Bhadgoan king dreamed of it
  • Vatsala Temple: The Vatsala temple is known for its dog-barking bell which is believed to producee a death knell when it is rung
  • Nyatapola Temple: Nyatapola in Newari language means five storees — the symbolic of five basic elements. This is the highest pagoda of Nepal ever built with such architectural perfection and artistic beauty

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Pottery Square

There are also some stores where  you can buy authentic Bakthapur stuffs. We passed by a school of painting for Nepalese Students. They aid that proceeds will go back to the school who will be then trained for Nepalese Art and be part to preserve culture. Much As I am very delighted with these advocacies, I bought one Painting with a Buddhist monk blessing mark on it. They said it was a Dalai Lama’s design of a temple in aerial view.Image

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Bought the same design for my house. I hope to retain the vibes and serenity of meditation

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Where Painting happens

Till Then Bakthapur, Our Next Stop, Nagarkot!

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