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Bhaktapur Durbar square

1 Day

Overview

  • Duration: Approximately 6-8 hours (including travel time and activities).
  • Distance: Kathmandu to Bhaktapur Durbar Square is about 13 kilometers (8 miles), taking around 1 hour one way by road, depending on traffic and road conditions.
  • Transportation: Private vehicle Car/jeep/van/Bus/Mini Bus
  • Attire: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking. Carry a hat and sunscreen for protection against the sun.
  • Meals: Enjoy lunch at Bhaktapur Durbar Square or nearby restaurants, offering traditional Newari cuisine.

Itinerary:

Morning:

  1. Departure from Kathmandu: Start your day early, around 8:00 AM, to avoid traffic and make the most of your time in Bhaktapur.
  2. Travel to Bhaktapur: Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur. Enjoy the views of the Kathmandu Valley along the way.

Mid-morning: 3. Arrival at Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square by late morning, around 9:00 AM. Begin your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  1. Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Spend time exploring the ancient palaces, temples, and courtyards of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Admire the intricate wood carvings, stone sculptures, and traditional Newari architecture.

Lunch: 5. Lunch Break: Enjoy a traditional Newari lunch at one of the local restaurants near Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Sample dishes like “Newari Khaja Set” or “Juju Dhau” (Newari-style yogurt) for an authentic culinary experience.

Afternoon: 6. Visit Pottery Square: After lunch, take a stroll to Pottery Square, located nearby. Observe local artisans crafting pottery using traditional techniques. You can even try your hand at pottery making under their guidance.

  1. Explore Bhaktapur’s Streets: Wander through the narrow lanes and alleys of Bhaktapur’s ancient streets, filled with shops, cafes, and traditional Newari houses. Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and experience the vibrant culture of the town.

Late Afternoon: 8. Return Journey: Start your journey back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon, around 3:00 PM.

Evening: 9. Arrival in Kathmandu: Reach Kathmandu by early evening, around 4:00-5:00 PM. Reflect on the experiences of the day and cherish the memories of your trip to Bhaktapur.

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Bhaktapur Durbar square