And of course all this beauty makes Bhaktapur another UNESCO World Heritage site.
The many local crafts that are special to Bhaktapur include: prayer wheel, masks of various Hindu gods, galleries with paintings of the Himalayas, Buddha, and local Nepali life, the Om necklaces, the meditation bowl, hats, scarfs, yak products(famous in Nepal), Handmade paper, wood carvings, tea and spices, painting classes, hand made lamp shades, hand made post cards, and jewelry. So many really nice things that I wanted to buy.
Note to self:
Come back to Bhaktapur when I am older with money to spend. It has such beautiful things to take home.
I managed to visit all four squares: with my favorite being Durbar and Tamaudi. In Tamaudi Square, they have a nice restaurant that sits on to top of a temple-touristy and expensive, but I enjoyed my Newari special yogurt consisting of almond, nuts, and yogurt-it was delicious. Sitting on the top, the parade for Buddha's birthday came through-this was a perfect spot for viewing. The locals passed by and I waived at them while they passed by-so happy and proud. It was a really special day to be in Bhaktapur with the Buddhist monasteries all celebrating.
The only negative thing I have to say is that people are a bit pushy with selling, but that is due to the fact it is low season and they need business. By now, I am aware of how peoples "acts of desperation" when it comes to selling and making a profit. They need to live and have a family to feed just like everyone else. I did manage to buy a few things, but again I really wanted to give this town business and buy more. I love Bhaktapur and I would revisit again one day.