The Nyatapola Temple is located in Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur, Nepal which is about 12 km from Kathmandu city. in Bhaktapur Nepal is ancient city about 12km outside of Kathmandu City.
Built between 1701 and 1702 over 5 months by King Bhupatindra Malla it has 5 tiers and is one of the tallest temples in all Nepal measuring over 30 meters..
The Nyatapola temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Siddhi Lakshmiare the wrathful manifestation of the Goddess Durga.
Nyatapola means “5-story temple” in the Newari language which is one of the oldest languages in Nepal.
The temple survived the 1934 earthquake which destroyed over 1/3 of the other temples in Bhaktapur.
Along the stone staircase leading up to the Nyatapola temple are several guardians on either side. The first are Bhaktapur’s strongest men, Jayamel and Phattu, (famous wrestlers) who allegedly had the strength of ten men. Next are two elephants. Then two lions followed by two griffins. Finally there is “Baghini” and “Singhini”, the tiger and lion goddesses. Each guardian is said to have ten times the strength of the previous.
There is no fee to see nor climb the Nyatapola temple as it is a part of your Bhaktapur ticket price. However you cannot enter into the inner temple as it's reserved for priests only.
The current fee for foreigners into Bhaktapur is 1100rps or USD$15 while SAARC members pay 100rps.
If you are planning to stay in Bhaktapur then when purchasing your ticket show your passport and you can get the same ticket extended for one week with no extra cost. You can read more about Bhaktapur ticket prices here.
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