The city of Bhaktapur is one of the Kathmandu Valley’s major tourist attractions – not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage site, but at only 30mins away it is also easily accessible on a day trip from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur has preserved much more of its architectural heritage than Kathmandu and for this, it is deservedly famous. It is particularly well-known for its wood carving – here is a particularly good place to pick up an intricately carved frame or figurine as a souvenir.
The city is a great day out from Kathmandu, a welcome break from the pollution and crowds of the capital. However, tourists are targeted here by touts and children seeking small change, perhaps more than anywhere else in the valley, so be prepared for this. If you can get beyond this (i.e. away from the squares), this won’t be a problem, and you walk into a sleepy little town, which still retains much of a sense of local charm.