Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. Its medieval palaces, temples and courtyards have been designed in pagoda and shikhara style temples among which the 55-Window and life-size golden statue of Bhupatindra Malla are architectural masterpieces.
Other tourist attractions include National Art Gallery, Golden Gate, Nyatapola, and pottery square. The statue of Bhupatindra Malla and 55-Window are undergoing major renovation works following the earthquake and the work is still in progress.
The Shiva Parvati temple ( M045E) features erotic carvings on its temple struts. Among a series of copulating images include that of elephants in the missionary position with their trunks entwined in pleasure!
King Bhupatindra Malla’s Statue:
In honour of King Bhupatindra Malla, the best known Malla kings of Bhaktapur who had a great influence on local art and architecture, a life size statue in his own image was built in 1699. Till today it stands as an architectural masterpiece.
Ugrachandi Bhairab Statues:
The two statues of Bhairab and Ugrachandi Durga are noticeable at the entrance of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Built in 1701, Ugrachandi has 18 arms holding various tantric weapons in the act of killing a demon with a trident.
This five-storied pagoda-styled Nyatapola temple, famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship, was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D. Impressive are the statues of elephants, lions, griffins, Baghini and Singhini on its pedestal.
How to get there?
Getting to Bhaktapur Durbar Square is also easy. Public buses and other vehicles operate from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur every day. You can also hire a taxi to take you to Bhaktapur.
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