The most immaculately preserved micro city of Bhaktapur lies in the Kathmandu Valley. It is full of iconic Newari architecture, temples and pagodas, spread across three central squares, each edged by temples and shrines and pottery workshops. It is at its most photogenic at dawn, when sunlight fills its age-old alleyways.

Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is a collection of regal monuments exhibiting virtuoso craftsmanship. It boasts one of Nepal’s greatest artistic achievements, the Golden Gate, as well as the splendid Palace of 55 Windows and the National Art Museum.

Newari life continues here as it has for centuries. Literally translating as ‘the place (pur) of devotees (Bhakta)’, here monks ritually make their way to the temple every morning dawn.

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