Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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Timings : 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : Foreign Nationals – NPR 1500
Chinese Nationals – NPR 500
SAARC Nationals – NPR 500
Nepalese Nationals – Free Entry

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Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Overview

The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once home to the royal family of Bhaktapur. Locally known as Khwopa or the ancient Newa City, visitors can explore the entire complex that consists of four different squares – Taumadhi Square, Durbar Square, Pottery Square and Dattatreya Square. Typical findings here are the Bhaktapur royal palaces along with several temples and other ancient structures dating back to the 17th and the 18th century.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located about 13 kilometres to the east of the Kathmandu Valley. The entire square is a massive display of traditional Newari architecture. Every building is a work of art in itself and visitors are sure to enjoy exploring. The square was severely damaged in the 1934 and 2015 earthquakes that hit Nepal. Most of the ancient architecture suffered, and several buildings, statues and structures were destroyed. Other buildings underwent some restoration, but visitors can still see the signs of the damage.

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square consists of four different squares namely, Pottery Square, Durbar Square, Dattatreya and Taumadhi Square. These squares comprised of buildings, temples, statues, etc. all belonging to the 18th century. The Royal Residence/ Palace is located at Durbar Square, which was initially situated at Dattatreya Square. The remaining ancient buildings are spread across the rest of the site. Here, one can see well-preserved 17th and 18th century Newari, traditional pagoda and shikhara style of architecture. There is extensive use of wood and stone that bear beautiful carvings depicting stories and mythical creatures of the time.

How To Reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the centre of the town and is accessible by the roadways. Buses are frequently available from Kathmandu which is located approximately 12.5 kilometres to the east of the attraction.

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