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  • Durbar Square is one of three main plazas in Bhaktapur. In evenings the plaza is usually bustling with local residents and tourists admiring the gorgeous temples and royal palace. width:640;;height:480
  • Bhaktapur is a city of red brick...roads, walls, homes and temples are all built of brick. width:640;;height:480
  • The city is situated in the broad Kathmandu Valley surrounded by distant mountains. width:640;;height:480
  • Taumadhi Square is lined by shops selling mainly souvenirs to tourists. width:640;;height:379
  • ...another side of Taumadhi Square. Notice the 2-story stand-alone building just inside the plaza... width:640;;height:480
  • It has cleverly been converted into a restaurant for tourists, a wonderful spot in which to relax, eat local food and watch the comings & goings of the plaza. width:632;;height:480
  • This is the main temple in Taumadhi Square and one of the highest buildings in Bhaktapur. From the top are stunning views over the brick city, across the valley and to distant mountains. width:360;;height:480
  • The temple entrance is lined by rows of handsomely carved statues. width:640;;height:480
  • Two stone elephants sport intricately-carved jackets. width:596;;height:480
  • A secondary landmark temple in Taumadhi Square. Note the gilded roof decorations. width:640;;height:480
  • Local women set up fresh produce stalls in early mornings in front of the temple. width:603;;height:480
  • Close up. width:640;;height:480
  • Another line of fresh vegetables in the morning market. width:360;;height:480
  • At night local musicians gather at the temple to play traditional music by lamp light. width:640;;height:480
  • Streets lead off the plaza in several directions to other parts of town. width:640;;height:480
  • Important temple belongings used in festivals are stored against the temple wall. width:576;;height:480
  • Many narrow brick roads lined by 2 and 3-story brick buildings wind all over the town. width:360;;height:480
  • The main roads are lined with shops and become busy with local shoppers during daylight hours. width:322;;height:480
  • Local women stop to chat and shop. width:350;;height:480
  • This tiny temple is situated in a small plaza just off the main road. width:344;;height:480
  • ...as is this handsome Newari house. width:367;;height:480
  • Many large communal wells are dotted around Bhaktapur. They are used for bathing and washing clothes. width:360;;height:480
  • Open doorways along various alleyways lead to small courtyards and tiny temple plazas. width:352;;height:480
  • This doorway leads to a Budhist  figure in an alcove... width:360;;height:480
  • And tiny carved Hindu stone figurines. width:314;;height:480
  • This little courtyard is surrounded by Newari-style houses. width:640;;height:480
  • A local man doing some sort of work up on a roof. width:640;;height:480
  • Another handsome Newari building situated at an intersection. width:626;;height:480
  • I spied this local man cleaning the top of a pagoda-style temple near my guest house. width:374;;height:480
  • At some points the roads widen, at others they become very narrow. width:640;;height:480
  • Two more Hindu figurines carved in stone along an alleyway. width:640;;height:464
  • Tall brick houses lining an open communal well. width:640;;height:480
  • Dattatreya Temple is the most important building in Dattatreya Square. width:640;;height:479
  • The temple is guarded by two  large sculptures of the Jaiput wrestlers, Jaimala and Pata. width:360;;height:480
  • Despite the statues' sacred nature, local pidgeons enjoy resting on their heads from time to time. width:309;;height:480
  • The amazing intricately carved wooden 'Peacock Window' is one of Bhaktapur's most famous sites. It's located down a narrow alley off Dattatreya Square. width:640;;height:480
  • This doorway and guardian stataues are also located near Dattatreya Square. width:640;;height:480
  • A beautiful bronze guardian lion-dog stands outside the former royal palace in Durbar Square. width:640;;height:480
  • Approaching Bhaktapur from a back road from Kathmandu City. This road leads directly into Durbar Square. width:640;;height:480
  • This gate at Durbar Square helps control access in and out. width:640;;height:480
  • Beautiful Durbar Square, lined by a collection of temples and the royal palace, often glows golden at dusk and sunset. width:640;;height:392
  • Another view of Durbar Square. width:640;;height:455
  • Throngs of visitors taking photos and admiring the surprisingly diverse architecture in Durbar Square. width:360;;height:480
  • Entrance to the royal palace features an elaborately gilded bronze doorway, columns and roof. A guard stands duty at all times. width:347;;height:480
  • Close up shot of the intricately decorated doorway. width:418;;height:480
  • A local woman walks through Durbar Square past its collection of historic buildings. width:360;;height:480
  • This large brick and wood building in Durbar Square features especially-intricate wood carved windows and detailing. width:633;;height:480
  • Close up of the carved windows. width:640;;height:480
  • A double row of stone statues also guards this small stone temple in Durbar Square. width:640;;height:480
  • A final close up of Bhaktapur's stunning carved stone temple  statues. width:312;;height:480
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