Kathmandu: Bhaktapur Durbar Square

My favorite of the three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley, I love the atmosphere here. It has an entrance fee $15 or NPR 1500 but I think it is worth it.

Getting there: You can either go by bus or take a cab. The bus park you should go to is at Bagbazar (if you are asking for directions, this is the place you should ask for). To get to the bus park, walk out of Thamel via Tridevi Marg, continue straight across the first intersection and turn right at the next T-junction onto Durbar Marg, the road that leads straight out from the entrance of the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. Once you're on Durbar Marg, continue all the way down for about 15 min (you'll cross another big junction on the way) and you'll get to a big overhead bridge (you might see a park on the right, across the street). Climb the overhead bridge and you will see buses on your left (not the side with a park and micro buses, the opposite side), take the stairs that lead to the bus park. www.google.com/maps/dir/Keiser+Mahal,+Ka… (the map shows the road for cars but you can follow the same route, it is the easiest one)

At the bus park, everyone will be shouting where their bus is going, so listen out for Bhaktapur, or just ask. The buses to Bhaktapur are usually parked close to the entrance of the bus park. The bus fare should not be more than NPR. 50. Ask the conductor (the guy shouting where the bus is going) to drop you off at Bhaktapur (in case he doesn’t understand much English, say “Get off – Bhaktapur” with action :D). Once you get off the bus at Bhaktapur, just ask anyone the way to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Also keep in mind that the last bus from Bhaktapur to Bagbazar leaves at 18:00. If you decide to take a taxi, an average taxi fee from Thamel to Bhaktapur (one way) costs about NPR 1300 - 1400 for the 16 km drive.

Dining: There was a very nice restaurant I used to go to but I unfortunately don’t remember the name or the exact location anymore. ☹ Just avoid Nyatapola café, it is expensive for no reason. Definitely try the local Juju Dhau (King curd or King Yogurt) and Baraf (local “icecream”).

For more information: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/nepal/aroun…