Bhaktapur Place of devotees
Bhaktapur (Nepali: भक्तपुर Bhaktapur About this sound Listen ), literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwapa (Newar: ख्वप Khwapa), it is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone.
Bhaktapur was the largest of the 3 Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great ‘Malla Kingdom’ until the second half of the 15th Century. Today it is the 3rd largest city in the Kathmandu Valley, with a population of more than 80,000, of which the vast majority are still Newars. Historically more isolated than the other 2 kingdoms, Kathmandu (Kantipur) and Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur(Bhadgaun) has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language.
Bhaktapur has the best preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. This is supported by the restoration and preservation efforts of German-funded Bhaktapur Development Project (BDP).
The city is famous for special type of curd called “Ju Ju(king) Dhau(curd)“. It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal.