Lying along the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, Bhaktapur is surrounded by mountains and provides a magnificent view of the Himalayas.Founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla (according to various chronicles), Bhaktapur was the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until the 15th century and was an independent kingdom from then until the 18th century.The Nepalese light up their homes with candles, oil lamps, and other lights to invite the goddess Laxmi in.They also worship crows, dogs, and cows during this festival and set aside one day to honor brothers.The last three Malla rulers of Bhaktapur were Jitamitra Malla, Bhupatindra Malla, and Ranjit Malla.These rulers played key roles in building the palaces and temples of Durbar Square.
In 1960, King Mahendra took control, banned political parties, and instituted land reforms.
Celebrants perform many pujas (offerings) during this festival, including thousands of animal sacrifices. The cow, it is believed, helps the deceased reach heaven.
(July/August) * Bisket Jatra, the Nepalese New Year celebration, in which chariots are pulled through the streets and ultimately a tug of war over them determines who will be blessed with good fortune in the coming year.
Information on where to stay in Bhaktapur is coming soon...
Tourists arrive in the Kathmandu Valley via Tribhuvan International Airport.
Although the population is primarily Hindu, there are nineteen Buddhist monasteries (Vihars).