The meaning of Bhaktapur itself means the City of Devotees. People in this city do not hesitate to wake up early and follow their norms (take shower and purify themselves) and by visiting many temples that stand everywhere around the city. The female devotees worship the god and goddesses with rice grains and bestow the freshest flower from their garden. Their devotion to the holiness is extreme. There are people who still walk barefoot to the temples, as a sign of purity and the nature seems to take care of birds and animals that dwell on the offerings made by the devotees. Bhaktapur is swarmed by Newars, The one of the very self-sufficient ethnic groups in the history of Nepal. Newars usually are referred as business minded groups among different cultural groups that are found in Nepal. The cast system was divided among this tribe since the Malla Regime and is still pursued even after a long period of time. The cast system was based on the nature of work a family was involved hence there is no out casting as every nature of work depend among each other. In time the difference of rich and poor arose which has done very little effect on the cast system but they still tend to live together in peace and harmony.
To get away from the noise and traffic of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur offers a pleasant alternative to other cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is more like a big village than a small city. The almost medieval Kathmandu Valley town of Bhaktapur is entirely built in dark carve wood and glowing pink brick. Bhaktapur drapes across an east-west ford in the valley. It is 14 km form Kathmandu and takes just over half an hour to reach. Bhaktapur has no rickshaw but its compact enough to be explored on foot.
Bhaktapur?s Durbar Square is the cleanest square in Nepal. It boasts one of Nepal?s proudest artistic achievements- the Golden Gate, the National Art Gallery, Panchapanna Jhyale Durbar (Palace of fifty five windows), Namaste-ing figure kneeling on a stone pillar opposite Golden Gate. Bhaktapur has the tallest temple of Nepal and the most classically proportioned pagoda , Nyatapola Temple (five storied temple) in the Taumadhi Tol. It also has Taleju Bell (Bell of Barking Dog). Bhaktapur means ?the city of devotees?. Like the name suggests it has many temples. The famous temples to visit are Dattatraya temple, Bhimsen temple, Nawa Durga Dyochhen, Taleju. The valley?s oldest Vaishnava site, Changu Narayan?s documented history goes back to the 5th century A.D is a must to visit. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich Culture, Temples, Wood Carving, Metal Carving and Stone Artwork.
An obligatory destination in Bhaktapur is the potter?s square where we can observe making of clay pots by traditional methods. For breathtaking sunrise and sunset, Nagarkot is a favourite destination.