As you walk in through the streets of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The 15th – century palace of 55 Windows, situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also housed inside. The palace entrance, the Golden Gate, is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs.
Taumadhi square lies to the east of Durbar Square reached by a narrow brick-paved line. The towering five-roofed Nyatapol temple presides over the square. The monument gracefully soars into the sky atop a five-story plinth. The stairway leading up to the temple is flanked by stone figures of deities and mythyical beasts, each 10times more powerful than the one immediately below.
Dattatreya Square takes its name from the Dattatreya temple dedicated to a three-headed combination of the Hindu deities’ Brahma, Bishnu and Shiva. Set in a maze of streets lined with richly ornamented houses; the square is famed for its many ornate Hindu monasteries known as ‘Math’. The Wood working museum is also housed here and the Brass and Bronze Museum is across the street.
A two-minute walk south of Durbar Square brings you to Bolachhen, also known as Potters’ Square, because of the many potters seen here moulding wet clay into different kinds of earthenware. It has a display of fresh pottery left out to dry in the open square. This place can be approached from Taumadhi Square also. The elephant-headed Lord Ganesh is the patron of potters, the Jeth Ganesh temple in the square.
Siddhhi Pukhu, a pond dating back to the Lichhavi period, is better known as Ta-Pukhu, meaning big pond. Though situated right at the bus-stop, it provides a serene atmosphere with its sashaying fish and the stone images of different Hindu and Buddhist Gods.