Bhaktpur–Bhaktapur has its gem in the Durbar Square—a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO. Strewn with unique palaces, temples and monasteries best admired for their exquisite artworks in wood, metal and stone, the palatial enclave has bewitched pilgrims and travelers for centuries. Yet, they are not all though. Adding to the mesmerizing environs is the holy Himalaya that makes the backdrop of the city. Stretching all along the township, the panoramic Himalaya levitates in the skyline as if to keep vigilance on the city’s enviable beauty and splendor.

Darbar Square With Batsala Temple

Bhaktapur, at 1,401 meters above sea level, spreads over an area of 6.88 square kilometers. It grows from a collection of villages strung along the old trade route between India and Tibet. The capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom till the 15th century AD, Bhaktapur was founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla, but it was only in the early 18th century that this city took its present shape. It was at that time that many of Bhaktapur’s greatest monuments were built by the then Malla rulers.

Nyatapola Temple on Taumadi Tole

Bhairavnath Temple

Rice terraces Everywhere around Besisahar

From kathmandu we traveled to Besisahar, on the southside of the Himalayas at only 800 meter elevation.From there it follows the Marsyangdi River, passes through the complete Himalaya range and subsequently turns westward, where the trail parallels the Himalaya Range and climbing ever more up along the Marsyangdi river to finally reach the Thorang La, the 5.417 meter high pass that divides the Marsyangdi Valley from the Kali Gandaki Valley.

Road beyond Besisahar

After a long way down, the trail reaches the Kali Gandaki Valley and turns southwards. From there the trek passes again through the Himalayas in the deepest gorges of the world and makes one more big ascent to Poon Hill, a viewpoint mountain. From there the trail goes down south and reaches the final destination of Nayapul.

A Nepal normal visa only allows you to visit Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Royal Chitwan National Park. If you want to make a trek that lasts more than one day you’ll need the permit,which you can only obtain in Kathmandu and Pokhara.