Discover Historic Bhaktapur with ECCA

On Saturday August 16th, ECCA will be leading a cultural heritage walk around the historic city of Bhaktapur. This exciting event will be an unmissable chance to discover this beautiful city with ECCA’s expert guide.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Located around 12km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is known as the ‘City of Devotees’, and has been praised as the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’. Founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla, Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley, and was the capital city of Nepal during the Great Malla Kingdom until the 15th century.

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Monuments in Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur’s historic city center is filled with stunning ancient monuments, temples and palaces. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, recognized for its exquisitely preserved buildings adorned with intricate carvings. Bhaktapur is a peaceful place, where large vehicles are banned from entering the city center. The city is famed for a special type of curd called ‘ju ju dhau’. The authentic version of this delicious, thick curd can only be found in Bhaktapur, where it is traditionally eaten in clay pots. It is also a city renowned for its festivals, holding some of the largest celebrations for Bisket Jatra (Nepali New Year), where an enormous chariot is pulled through the streets, and a tug of war is held between the eastern and western sides of the city.

New Year's celebrations in Bhaktapur

New Year’s celebrations in Bhaktapur

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Crowds gather to celebrate Bisket Jatra

ECCA’s guided walk around Bhaktapur is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our cultural heritage, and why it is important for us to preserve places of such historical and religious significance. The walk is also being carried out in support of ECCA’s campaign to support school students to learn important computer skills. ECCA plans to provide Shree Minnath Aadarsha Lower Secondary school in Lalitpur with six computers to help students gain essential I.T. skills, to enable them to have a brighter future. All profits from the walk will be donated towards this campaign. To find out more, or to donate directly to the cause, please visit our GlobalGiving page.

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Intricate temple decorations

Those wishing to experience and learn more about the rich heritage of Bhaktapur with ECCA’s knowledgeable guide must register for the event by Tuesday 12th August. Registration is limited to 25 places, which will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment! The registration fee is Rs.999/- , which includes snacks and lunch. To reserve, please contact us (ecca@mos.com.np), or visit our office during opening hours. Those joining the walk will meet at 9.45am sharp at Bhaktapur Durbar Square Gate; the walk will last for four hours between 10am and 2pm.

We hope to see you there!

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