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At 10am or at your selected departure time, you will be picked up from your hotel or the airport to start your tour. Visit the following famous attractions within Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
The Lion Gate
Dating as far back as 1696 A.D., this gate is guarded on either side by two huge statues of lions. Alongside there are two stone images of Bhairab (the dreadful aspect of Shiva) and ugrachandi (the consort of Shiva in her fearful manifestation).
The Golden Gate
This is said to be the most beautiful and richly moulded specimen of its kind in the entire world. The door is surmounted by a figure of the goddess Kali and Garuda (mythical man-bird) and attended by two heavenly nymphs. It is also embellished with monsters and other mythical creatures of marvellous intricacy. In the words of Percy Brown, an eminent English art critic and historian, the Golden Gate is ‘the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom; it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings’. The gate was erected by King Ranjit Malla and is the entrance to the main courtyard of the palace of fifty-five windows.
The Palace of Fifty-five Windows
This magnificent Palace was built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D., and was subsequently remodelled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the seventeenth century. Among the brick walls, with their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of fifty-five windows, considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving.
The Picture Gallery
The Picture Gallery is of considerable value which contains ancient paintings belonging to the Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism of various periods and descriptions. This gallery is open every day except Tuesday. Note: The gallery is currently closed for reconstruction.
The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla
This statue showing King Bhupatindra Maila in the act of worship, can be seen placed on a column facing the palace. Of the square’s many statues, this is considered to be the most magnificent.
This five story pagoda was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D. It stands on five terraces, on each of which squat a pair of figures: two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins, and Baghini and Singhini – the tiger and the lion goddesses. Each pair of figures is considered ten times stronger than the ones immediately below.
A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is built in 1427 A.D. Nearby is a monastery with exquisitely carved peacock windows.
At the end of your tour, you will be dropped off at the airport or to your hotel in Kathmandu.
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