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”.

Looking over Taumadhi Square
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.

The city is known for its handicrafts …
… 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.

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.

The five-storey Nyatapola Temple is a good example of Newari architecture
At this rate Bhaktapur will be rebuilt before Christchurch

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