Skip Kathmandu and come straight to Bhaktapur. The Durbar Square in Bhaktapur outshines Kathmandu's any day of the week.
Stay 1 day or 2 days in Bhaktapur to explore the heritage area. Morning experience in the squares by walking around is great moment, because you can see directly the lifestyle of the locals starting the day.
All major touristic area are easy to access, even on foot. But do not try to go at night! Nothing there :D All is closed.
It's amazing. A warren of medieval back streets punctuated by large squares littered with huge, intricately carved temples.
It's a place to wander around, soaking up the atmosphere, seeing real Nepalese life carrying on around you. Would say that if you are in Nepal, this place is a must-see. The street buildings are fascinating and there is some sort of lovely temple every few yards. We felt very safe there and had no qualms about exploring everywhere. Highly recommended.
bhaktapur sq pottery sq are both excellent places to spend time and watch the unfolding of local life and religious activities around the nayatapola temple.
Nice place which is not far away from Kathmandu which takes you around 40 mins. And Nagrokot ( sorry maybe wrong spelling) near the Bhaktapur is a good place to go for sunrise view and village hiking.
But better you can stay there for 1 night to aviod rush. Bhaktapur has the biggest Duba squar than Patan and Kathmandu and more ancient and beautiful. Worth to be there for stay. But food is not very good. Ahh~~one special recommendation is famour King Curd (Yoghurt) located outside of Liongate which tastes sooooooo good. :-)
There are not too many interesting things in this city. All the things are very similar. So maybe spend an afternoon to walk around the streets is enough.
Ancient city which remain much of it origin and is worth a visit. A place which is different from Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square, i consider this is the best sight seeing and shopping area among the 3 Durbar Square.
Highly recommend Cozy Hotel for it proximate to major attraction & shopping in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. In addition, it is a value for money accomodation.
Foreign tourists (non SAARC) are subjected to a 1100 NPR entrance fee to the city where most of the guest houses are located.
The Durbar Square (as is typical of all tourists sites in Nepal) are crawling with people wanting to be your guide or begging in some way for money.
Its a city like you've never seen before. Really interesting, its like stepping into another century!!!!
Great place to experience view and learn about traditional Newari/Nepali culture! It is a lot quieter and less busy than Kathmandu (= more relaxing!).
Tip - hire a guide to show you around the Durbar Square area = you will learn so much more than if you just try going by yourself! You can get a good one for about 5-10 dollars.
We love here, quiet city, much better than Kathmandu. Nice people, they will always smile to you, then make you feel so good.
There is little to no nightlife in the city, partially because of the blackouts and because it is a smaller town.
Be aware that if you are staying in the city itself, you will need to pay a USD15 fee and keep a ticket to show each time you enter and leave the city. Make sure they write your passport number on the back of the ticket so you only have to pay once.
It's a quiet small town with lots of old buildings. You can just walk around and relax. Children asking for money are annoying.
It's a magical place from a different time, yet the magic is ruined by the dirty streets and the beggars, you need to pay an old woman so you can take her picture.
the most impressive city in Nepal, if not the most impressive place in the country. Much nicer and good environment than other Nepal cities.
handicraf gifts are the best as well
PLease take the time to visit this wonderful place and enjoy all it has to offer. Maybe be a little shrewd with the street kids, they are adorable but have a school book scam going which can cost you rahter a lot if you're taken in by it.
We were but we also had the little girl playing and taking care of our little son with us for 3 hours so maybe it was a bit of a pay off??? This was the only time we had this experience in Nepal though and to be honest it wasn't a bad one.
The best place to visit the old palace in Nepal. Quiet, clean, traditional place. worthy of 1 to 2 days stay.
this is a good place, I can walk freely in the street, not too much car in the street,it is good, and the air is better than kathmandu