Contesting Place in a Post-colonial Space

(Re)colonizing Tradition

A Pedestrian Guide to a "Traditional" City

Welcome to Bhaktapur

[1] The Tea Stall at Guhepukhu

[2] Nava Durga Chitra Mandir

[3] Khauma Square

[4] Tourist Motor Park

[5] Indrani Pitha

[6]Lasku Dhwakha Gate

[7]Char Dham

[8]Cafe de Temple

[9]Batsala Temple

[10] Batsala Temple

[11] City Hall

[12] The Procession Route

[13] Pujari Math

[14] The Peacock Restaurant

[15] Sewage Collection Ponds

[16] Bhairavanath Temple

[16] Bhairavanath Temple: Concluding the Tour

Such are three maps of the worlds of other men.
‹J. Z. Smith, 1993

Return to the Inacho Baha, and then to the main road. Moving further along the main road (slightly uphill ) you will come to Golmadhi Square, with a deep hiti, and a small triple-roofed Ganesh Temple. Just before the next bend, you will come to the Sukudhwakha Math, which has artistically carved windows and a priest¹s house. Almost next door is the Lun Bahal, a sixteenth-century Buddhist monastery, which was converted into a Hindu shrine with the addition of a statue of Bhimsen. Then, after one more bend, and slightly downhill again, the road leads through a section of shops specializing in brass products and then finally spits you out into Taumadhi Square and drops you off where the dissertation began. Look to your left. .

     To the east there is the huge three-storied Bhairavanath Temple, remarkable for its rectangular ground plan [A]. Turn to your right, and walk up and the five levels of stairs on the front of the large temple. The square is dominated by this, the highest temple in the Valley, five-tiered, 30 meters tall, Nyataponla [L]. The top veranda, which circumambulates the first floor of the temple, is one of my favorite places to sit in Bhaktapur. Stretching out around in every direction, Bhaktapur¹s tight streets give way to brilliant green rice paddies. To the north is the Himalaya, and foothills cover the three other directions.


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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