Founded in the 12th century, Bhaktapur, the town also called Bhadgaon "the Rice Village", is now inhabited by farmers and craftsmen which is what makes the streets so interesting to see. The Newars' century-old rites and customs are still very much alive there. On medieval fairy tale-like Durbar square, you have to look up at the Royal Palace and its Golden Gate considered one of the masterpieces of Nepalese copper work. This palace houses a museum very interesting for its collection of thangkas, wall paintings which decorated the monasteries and Tibetan houses. Stop in front of the fifty five window palace, the oldest of the royal buildings. On Thaumadhi Tole square, in the heart of Bhaktapur, stands the Nyatapola, the "five storey temple", the tallest in Nepal (over 130 feet).
Surface area : 147181.0 km2
Population : 28563377 inhabitants