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18 July 2010

Child on the pavement of Bhaktapur

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At the end of our day trip we drove to Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city in the Kathmandu Valley. The city is almost entirely made out of red bricks and breathes a very old and tranquil atmosphere. Women go to the water wells to get water and children are playing in the streets, while old men sit and discuss the weather.

Bhaktapur, that is also called Badgaon or Khwopa, is an ancient town in the east of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal and is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley. It 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. Bhaktapur finished our day trip after having visited Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath temple.