Here are the top 11 tourist attractions to see in Bhaktapur:

1. 55 Windows Palace

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The Palace of Fifty-five Windows was built by King Jitamitra Malla for his 55 wives, with one window for each of them. The palace of 55 Windows dates back to the 18th Century. Apart from this iconic monument of love, the said king also laid down the foundation stone for another iconic structure in the vicinity - the Nyatapola Temple.

2. Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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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.

3. Nyatapola Temple

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Nyatapola Temple is an 18th-century temple located in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It is the tallest building in the valley and the tallest temple in the country. The temple was built in 1702 and is dedicated to Goddess Siddhi Lakshmi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The idol of the Goddess, which is installed in the sanctum sanctorum, is believed to be extremely fearsome. Although only the temple priests enter the sanctum sanctorum, visitors can explore the rest of the temple. The monument has survived two major earthquakes in the region and has suffered minor damages. It is also, therefore, known for its structural strength.

4. Taumadhi Square

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Located right next to the famous Durbar Square, Taumadhi square is often left unnoticed while travelling to Bhaktapur but one has to explore it in order to know about ancient legends and adore ancient architecture. The square is very popular among tourists because of the beautifully structured stones and carvings on the wood. The stone sculptures are a major attraction in this square. It represents the ancient life in Bhaktapur. Also known as Taumadi Tole, it owes much of its reputation to be the site for Nyatapola Temple, the tallest temple in Nepal towering to a height of 30 metres.

5. Changu Narayan

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Changu Narayan is a synonymous word with both the old Nepalese temple and the village that surrounds it. Located in the Bhaktapur district some 12 km east of Kathmandu, Changu Narayan is the oldest temple in Nepal and has an authentic Newari style architecture very true to its roots. With its two-storey brick-red edifice, the beautiful temple perches atop a hill which is also called Changu or sometimes Dolagiri.

6. Doleshwar Mahadev Temple

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The Doleshwar Mahadev Temple is located in Bhaktapur, 20 kilometres away from Kathmandu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is believed to be 4000 years old. It is believed that visiting Doleshwar Mahadev, Pashupatinath and Kedarnath will wash off one’s sins by receiving blessings from Lord Shiva. 

7. Siddha Pokhari

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Siddha Pokhari is an artificial rectangular pond located near the main gate of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is one of the old and traditional ponds in Nepal. It was built in the 15th century during the rule of King Yakshya Malla. Siddha Pokhari is also called by the name Ta-Pukhu. The pond is surrounded by buildings, however, one can also spot snowy mountain peaks on a clear day. Ta Pukhu is a popular place for locals as well as tourists and they can often be seen feeding the fish with food bought from stalls nearby.

8. Thimi

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Thimi is the fourth largest town in Kathmandu Valley and is situated in between Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The Kings of Bhaktapur often called this city as ‘Chhemi’ which means ‘capable people’, thus praising the people of Thimi for their constant and loyal support towards Bhaktapur. The town is a large producer of pottery and masks. With a population of nearly 84,000 people, the city is filled with Newari culture and traditions. Thimi is elevated and one must climb up the valley in order to reach the city. The city was originally known as Madhyapur which translates it to ‘middle place’ which is now more often used than Thimi. 

9. Bhairavnath Temple, Bhaktapur

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Bhairavnath temple is one of the temples in Bhaktapur Durbar Square and is built in the pagoda style. The entry ticket to Bhaktapur also guarantees a visit to this temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav, which is supposed to be the most ferocious form of Lord Shiva. Originally, the temple had just one storey which was built by King Jagat Jyoti Malla. However, in 1717, two more storeys were added to this temple by King Bhupatindra Malla.

10. The Lion Gate, Bhaktapur

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The Lion Gate is a 17th-century structure, created with the belief that it will protect the ancient city. The gate has two large and majestic lion statues placed on either side. The Lion Gate is located inside the Bhaktapur Durbar Square along with several other ancient buildings and artefacts, which is accessible through many well-maintained pathways. Popular belief holds the King to have chopped off the hands of the artisans who built the Lion Gate, an attempt to ensure that to Lion Gate would never be replicated.

11. Taleju Bhawani Temple

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Standing like a silent sentinel of the Durbar Square, Taleju Bhawani Temple is among its most auspicious and stunning attractions. It is dedicated to the Goddess Bhawani and was built by the Malla Kings to ward off evil. The highlight of the temple is the fact that it has been built in the style of a 'Mandala'.