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Guide to Taumadhi Square in Bhaktapur

Ancient square containing one of Nepal's tallest temples!
Updated: July 1st 2016 | Nepal travel guides

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About Taumadhi Square

Taumadhi Square is located next to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It's the second most visited square in Bhaktapur after Durbar Square. Taumadhi Tole contains the tallest temple in the Kathmandu Valley - the Nyatapola Temple

The square has an open central area with two major temples to the north and east. Other old buildings in square are homes to local residents. It's here that you can appreciate the ancient life in Bhaktapur

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Taumadhi Square connects to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Potters Square and the old road leading to Dattatreya Square.

That building near the center of the square is not a temple! It's a modern day restaurant. It does give great views from the top though but there are other restaurants equally as good nearby.

Must see highlights around Taumadhi Square

If you are visiting Taumadhi square in Bhaktapur I highly recommend you download my guidebook. It includes a fantastic walking tour of the square and photographs of every temple so you'll never be confused as to what's what again!

  • Nyatapola Temple: Built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 the five-storey, 30m-high stone building survived even the 1934 & 2015 earthquakes. You are free to climb the mighty stairway leading up the temple. It is said that each of the guardians on either side are ten times stronger than the ones under it.Chilancho Stupa in Kirtipur
  • Bhairabnath Temple: The large Bhairabnath Temple is far more interesting from the outside than inside. Kasi Vishwanath or Akash Bhairab is a trouble making stubborn god who is not so happy to even be in the temple. The small brass figure at the open shrine in front of the temple is Bhairab.
  • Til Mahdav Narayan Temple: this is one of the "hidden temples", located behind the dancing platform. Inside this courtyard is the main double roof Narayan (Vishnu) Temple, one of the oldest in the valley. An inscription here reads 1080 AD. This is backed up by the image that is inside it which has 12th century styling.

The other attractions around the square include the dancing platform which is surrounded by souvenir stalls.

Then, when you walk around the Bhairabnath Temple you will see a set of wooden cart wheels and planks of wood. These items belong to the large wooden chariot which is assembled every year to bring Bhairab, or rather the box which contains his head, around during the Bisket Festival (April).

If you get my downloadable guide to Bhaktapur it contains every temple in the square and beyond: all laid out in a great walking tour. Get my Bhaktapur guidebook here.

Entrance fee for Taumadhi Square

The current fee for foreigners is included in your overall Bhaktapur ticket price.

This ticket covers all of Bhaktapur including, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pottery Square, Taumadhi Square and Dyattraya Tole.

If you are planning to stay in Bhaktapur show your passport at the ticket office and you can get the same ticket extended for one week with no extra cost.

Ticket booths are located at all the main entrance streets into the old city of Bhaktapur and there are random "ticket inspections" so do hold on to your ticket!

Accommodation & hotels near Taumadhi Square

There are very few hotels within Taumadhi square itself though most are just a minute or two walk away. Most nearby hotels are on the road between Taumadhi square to Potters square.

High-end hotels near Taumadhi Square

There are none! Most hotels in the square are of a mid-level quality so don't let anyone tell you differently.

Mid-range: USD $20-80 per night

Siddhi House Siddhi Home - Located just behind Taumadhi square overlooking Til Mahdav Narayan Temple they get what a good hotel is meant to be. They have two locations near the square. Comfortable rooms in a quiet location! Book here ★★★★

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Nepa Guest House Nepa: Guest House - Another guest house on the way between Taumadhi square & Potters square. Friendly staff with well kept rooms make this a good choice hotel. Book here ★★★★☆


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Cosy Guest House Cosy Guest House - Offering 12 rooms this excellent guest house have cosy rooms overlooking both Pottery square & a small street leading to Taumadhi square. With nice staff & a good sense of guest care this is great choice of accommodation. Book here ★★★★★

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Budget hotels in Bhaktapur Durbar Square: USD $5-20 per night

Nyatapola Guest House Nyatapola Guest House - On the street to Pottery square is this cosy guest house. Shared bathrooms, very friendly owner & some great experiences can be had here. Book here ★★★☆☆

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