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Wandering Bhaktapur

When we asked the Bhaktapur gatekeeper how much of the city was damaged, he was vague: “Some.”

We paid our graduated entrance fees and went in to see for ourselves.

Bhaktapur dates back to the early 8th century. Full of art, religion, and history it’s called a “living museum”.

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Looking over Taumadhi Square

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A woman at the base of the Nyatapola temple in Taumadhi Sqaure

The third of the medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley, it was once the capital of Nepal.

Until the 18th century it was protected as a sovereign country, which is how it came to have boundary walls and a number of city gates.

While most of the temples appeared to have survived the 2015 earthquake, whole streets of traditional houses have come down.

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The city is known for its handicrafts …

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… and pottery

Helpfully, where a temple no longer stands, or perhaps partially exists, there are “before” photos.

The blue tarpaulins reminded me of Christchurch, as did the scaffolding – although here it’s made of bamboo.

The ancient city is known for its pottery, handicrafts, and Juju Dhau – a type of yogurt.

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Aptly named Pottery Square

dsc_0660Beyond Durbar Square and Pottery Square there’s plenty to explore among the russet-coloured neighbourhoods and winding alleyways.

The air is clearer than in Kathmandu, and the atmosphere calmer.

If you visit and have more time than I – make the most of it by staying a night or two.

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The five-storey Nyatapola Temple is a good example of Newari architecture

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At this rate Bhaktapur will be rebuilt before Christchurch

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