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Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur Photo, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur is also known as "City of the Devotees." Bhaktapur is located in the Kathmandu Valley and has three major squares full of towering temples which has some of the finest examples of religious architecture in all of Nepal. The narrow cobblestone streets wind their way between courtyards filled with statues, cisterns and wells, connecting the huge squares. The city almost has an ancient midevil feel to it.

The buildings and temples are intricately engraved in the stone and in the wood. Potters are mixing clay to make pots by hand and many artists have their things for sale. Outside in a pile of ash with a roof over it a dog has found a warm place to sleep where the potters harden their clay into pots. There are many festivals celebrated in Bhaktapur throughout the year. One is them is Tihar which is celebrated in Nov. for 5 days. Crows are celebrated the 1st day, dogs the 2nd, bulls the 3rd, cows the 4th and brothers and sisters the on the last day. On the day of the dog, they are given garlands of flowers to wear and fed as much food as they want.

The main square is adjacent to many buildings made of brick and ornate carved wood. One of the most famous is the Pujari Math, which was a home to a Hindu priest. It has an ornate Peacock Window that is viewable from the narrow street.

Bhaktapur is on the old trade route between India and Tibet. Many of the buildings and temples were constructed in the early 1400s under King Yaksha Malla. The streets were paved and many buildings restored in the 1970s by the Bhaktapur Development Project funded by Germany.

There are no rickshaws, tuk-tuks, or taxis allowed inside the city so it is much quieter and the air less polluted than that of the temples and squares in Kathmandu.

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