The word open museum, that perfectly suits this anciently choreographed city Bhaktapur, where you can catch sight of the erections of the last 18th century. One of the most attractive temptations of this charming city is none other than the then royal palace now named after The Bhaktapur durbar square, which was enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site along with the changu Narayan temple.
This tiny space holds back the history of the erection of Bhaktapur city as well as the contributions of various kings. You can take a glimpse of various masterpieces erected in different timelines from the starting point of your walk. Yes, you need to walk a little bit in durbar square due to restrictions on vehicles in the durbar area.
As you start your walk from west to east, the very first eye-catching sight is of the stone carving of ugrachandi and Bairava. They are situated at the gate of the current Padma school. With that, you can observe the Gopinath temple on your right-hand side. The next temple in the same direction is Kedarnath, one of the popular temples of the Hindu shrine. Then, you can see a big space surrounded by typical Newari houses, temples, a museum and of course the royal palace. This was not a big space then, the earthquake of 1934 and 1990 made temples and other palaces disappeared under this ground.
The northern side lays toward the national art gallery. This is the only gallery that is treasuring sculptures dated back of Malla periods. The statues of destroyed temples are still in this gallery. Moving toward east will amaze you with the outstanding drafting. The golden gate, also known as the swarnadwar is the last masterpiece left by Malla reign. In spite of that, it is renowned as the best creation of that period. This gate leads you to another masterwork of woodcarvings, a 55 windowed palace and the shrine of taleju temple, the temple which beholds the powerful tantric deity. When you get out of the golden gate, you’ll face the statue of king bhupatindra Malla. This statue shows respect toward taleju rather than showing a king’s self-image.
Besides these monuments, there is still more to explore in durbar square. The vastala Durga temple, Pashupatinath temple, taleju bell, Chyasalin mandap, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, phasidegal temple, stone lions, kumari house ( the house of living goddess), and durbar square hiti(a stone tap) at the end of the row.
This spiffing durbar square is full of stories, from monuments to the pillars of the chapel. Each and every piece of art had a spellbinding anecdote. Ergo, this is a perfect place to prosecute your imaginations because the statue cannot deem but you can.