Bhaktapur

Approx 40 minutes ride in a car and about 13 kilometers east of Kathmandu; Bhaktapur is a city that has remained more or less unchanged over the past 300 years. It’s a place where time has stopped in its craftsmanship and traditions. Leaving the dust behind Bhaktapur is one of the most well managed cities, with relatively less traffic congestion and pollution. Walking in the old streets remind you of the pride and prestige of the past. Highlighting its importance the city is a UNESCO world heritage site. To enter the Bhaktapur Durbar Square visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of about 10 USD which is used by the Bhaktapur Development committee for the preservation and maintenance of the Durbar square. Once inside though, you will discover that this place is no museum (though there is one in the main square) but rather a living city that has just not changed in a few hundred years – and probably sees no reason to do so for a few hundred more. The city traces its origin to 12th century in the reign of the king Ananda Malla of the Malla dynasty, so in actual terms it’s about 800 years old. It was a separate kingdom and capital city till 1768 after which, following the defeat of the Malla rulers by the unifier of Nepal, Prithivi Narayan Shah, it became the second largest city of that time. The city is mainly populated by Newari people, an ethnic…