The Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur city is one of the most impressive temples in Nepal. It showcases the finest of traditional Newari building and architecture.
You can take a bus to go to the city. Once in the city proper, walk over to Taumadhi Square; the temple is there. No vehicles are allowed in the city. This helps preserve the environment and maintain cleanliness.
What to See
At over 30 meters high, it is the tallest temple in Nepal. The structure rises over the rooftops of the other edifices. Its backdrop are the Himalayan peaks. Its height is equivalent to a five storey building.
The stairway going up the Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur has guardian figures at each stage. At the bottom are Phattu and Jayamel, renowned for their strength. Elephants are on the next level and then lions.
Two griffins follow. At the top are the goddesses Singhini and Baghini. Concealed in the temple is Siddhi Lakshmi, the Tantric goddess.
The temple was constructed during the rule of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702. The temple was built in honor of the goddess Siddhi Laxmi. Although it is very old, the structure is robustly built. Even the powerful 1934 earthquake could not topple it.
The city itself is ancient. It has always been known for its traditional dances, festivals, art and culture. Unlike some other ancient cities, the area has managed to preserve the feel and atmosphere of an ancient complex. It occupies an area just under 7 sq km.
The altitude is 1,401 meters. It was established in the 12th century during the reign of King Anand Dev Malla. It served as the capital of Greater Malla Kingdom up to the 15th century. It was the Malla rulers who helped build most of the outstanding monuments in the site.
If coming from Kathmandu, the fare is 35 NRS at least. If coming from Thamel, the fare will be 800-1000 NRS.
The goddess can only be seen by the temple priests. But the painted roof struts show her in numerous poses and forms. The tympanums, windows and doors are all adorned with figures of the gods.
Nearby is the Bhairavnath Temple. It contains a bust of Bhairav. It is one of the many forms of Shiva.
The Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur is not far off from Durbar Square. There you will see an art gallery. The Golden Gate is also in the vicinity.