Bhaktapur Day TourBhaktapur Day Tour

Bhaktapur Day Tour from Kathmandu

  • Duration4 Hours
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude 1401 M
  • Group Size Max 10
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

Discover Bhaktapur, the Enchanting City: A Day Trip from Kathmandu. Travel to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and experience the essence of Nepal's rich cultural legacy on an enthralling adventure. This day trip departing from Kathmandu provides an exceptional chance to discover the city's striking squares, elaborate temples, and lively customs.

Highlights of the tour:

  • Guided walking tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Discover the wonders of architecture, including the Golden Gate, the Nyatapola Temple, and the 55 Window Palace.
  • Get fully immersed in the community's culture. Learn about the rich history and customs of Bhaktapur while taking in the demonstration of traditional crafts.
  • Round-trip transportation from Kathmandu: Travel to and from Bhaktapur in comfort and without any hassles.
  • Knowledgable guide: Learn from a local expert about the history, culture, and significance of the city.

Optional: Visit Nagarkot, a hill station with stunning views of the Himalayas, or explore Panauti, a quaint village noted for its historic temples and tranquil ambiance.

See what's in store for you

Take a deep dive into history: explore the stunning Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a captivating display of ancient Newari building design. Admire the majestic Nyatapola Temple, a five-story pagoda that serves as the city's emblem, which towers over you. Look at the woven cultural fabric: Bhaktapur is a living museum of traditional crafts, where you can watch master craftsmen create stunning metalwork, dexterous wood carvings, and gorgeous pottery. Take in the lively cultural scene of the city and maybe even see a traditional masked dance. Savor regional cuisine. Treat your taste buds to the well-known Juju Dhau (King Curd), a specialty of the area prized for its distinct flavor and thick, creamy texture.

Note that the tour price does not include entrance fees to Bhaktapur Durbar Square or any other sites. The Bhaktapur entrance fee is USD 15 each. Are you prepared to start this fascinating adventure? To schedule your Bhaktapur day trip and discover the wonders of this historic city, get in touch with Day Tours Nepal right now!

Cost Details
  • Private vehicle pickup from the hotel and drop-off at your hotel
  • Local government license-holder guide
  • Salary and allowance for guide and driver
  • Tipping.
  • Meals
  • Bhaktapur Entrance fees
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Unveil Bhaktapur's Enthralling Biska Jatra Festival

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Bhaktapur's Biska Jatra, a festival exploding with cultural significance and historical intrigue. Held in mid-April, this eight-night, nine-day spectacle (also known as the Chyacha Gunhuya Jatra) attracts thousands from across Nepal.

The festival's centerpiece is the towering "lingo" pole, erected on the last day of the previous month. As it's lowered the next day, marking the start of the new year, it symbolizes the "downfall of the enemy," offering hope and renewal.

While Biska Jatra predates the Nepali New Year, it coincides with celebrations like Vaishaka Sakranti and Bisket Sakranti. The Malla kings enriched the festival by adding a chariot procession, where teams compete in a symbolic tug-of-war. This thrilling event, once considered one of the world's most dangerous, represents the "Darsana" of the deity Bhairava in each city.

bhaktapur festival and events

Beyond the chariots, witness the vibrant Sindoor Jatra (Bhuiesina Jatra) in Madhyapur Thimi, where participants celebrate the new year by smearing each other with vermillion powder and enjoying lively music.

Another unique highlight is the tongue-piercing ceremony in Bode, where a local volunteer demonstrates unwavering faith by piercing his tongue and carrying flaming torches. This ritual, believed to bring good fortune and ward off misfortune, is a testament to the community's deep-rooted traditions.

While the origins of Biska Jatra remain shrouded in mystery, one popular legend recounts the tale of a brave prince who saved a cursed princess from serpents. This story, along with the celebration of various deities like Mahalaxmi and Mahakali, adds another layer of depth to the festival's rich tapestry.

Experience the electrifying atmosphere of Biska Jatra and delve into the heart of Bhaktapur's cultural heritage. This is a festival that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

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