The city of devotees
Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur was the capital of Nepal from 12th to the 15th century. After the demise of King Yakshya Malla, his offspring couldn't hold the integrity of the country and three independent principalities, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan came into existence. Bhaktapur, 14km east of Kathmandu is the best preserved of the three cities of the valley. It's the home of traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs and culture. Bhaktapur is famous for home made yogurt and Bhadgaule Topi (Hat). The palace, temples and monastic complexes of Bhaktapur have marvelous wood, metal and stone works with intricate themes.