Bhaktapur also called Bhadgaon is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century.
Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork
I thought this tractor was fascinating. I've never seen anything like it anywhere. I saw people riding through town on them on their way to their fields and it looked like a really uncomfortable ride.
These stone lions were installed in 1701
One of the great things about Bhaktapur is that the main areas have restricted motor traffic.
Two of the temples in Durbar Square are flanked with wonderful statues along the steps.
And, of course, their are shops selling souvenirs.
We stopped for a break at this coffee shop.
This is the most expensive town to visit in the Kathmandu Valley ($10) but worth every penny.
Some interesting carving in the coffee shop.
A typical alleyway. Note the brickwork on the left. (No, its not all that unusual) The Kathmandu Valley is prone to earthquakes.
The famous Potters Square. A huge public square flanked by hand powered power wheels.
Pottery drying in the sun waiting for firing in mud covered straw kilns.
Women turn the pots to aid in the drying process.
You can purchase fired pots in the shops around the square.
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