3. From Kathmandu: Private Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan Tour
10:00 am: Tour begins from your hotel
11:15 pm: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
You begin your tour at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a former royal palace complex that housed the Malla Kings of Nepal from 14th to 15th century and the kings of the Kingdom of Bhaktapur from 15th to late 18th century until the kingdom was conquered in 1769.
The former palace grounds have been used as government offices, schools and private houses. Like the ones of Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains various temples, palaces and courtyards all of which were built in the traditional Nepalese architecture.
Right behind the golden gate, you can find another majestic masterpiece known as 55 Jhyale Durbar. Here you can observe the preeminent illustration of wood carvings of the Malla periods in this building.
Nyātāpola, a five tiered temple located in the central part of Bhaktapur, is the tallest monument within the city and is also the tallest temple of Nepal. This temple was commissioned by King Bhupatindra Malla, the construction completed in 1702.
Pottery Square as its name means is a square full of pottery works. This square is not as big as Durbar square but is a hub to do the shopping for Nepalese handicrafts.
2:00 pm: Chnagu Naryan Temple
Changu Narayan is an ancient Hindu temple, located on a high hilltop that is also known as Changu or Dolagiri in Changunarayan Municipality of Bhaktapur District, Nepal. The temple is considered to be one of the oldest temple in Nepal. The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu and is held in special reverence by the Hindu people. It remains a milestone in Nepali temple architecture with rich embossed works. The two-storey roofed temple stands on a high plinth of stone. The entrance door is gilded with carvings of Naga (snakes).
On the main entrance gate (i.e. western entrance gate), we can find the Chakra, Sankha, Kamal, and Khadga all at the top of a stone pillar. These stone pillars have an inscription in Sanskrit. This inscription is considered to be the oldest inscription of Nepal and the stone inscription pillar was erected by Licchavi (kingdom) King Manadeva in 464
04:00 PM: Drop back to your hotel
You will be dropped back to your hotel at four in the evening.