Bhaktapur Durbar Square before the 2015 earthquake
Bhaktapur Durbar Square before the 2015 earthquake
Bhaktapur Municipality Map.jpg
Bhaktapur is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°40′20″N 85°25′40″E / 27°40′20″N 85°25′40″E / 27.67222; 85.42778
Country Nepal
Zone Bagmati
District Bhaktapur
 •  Mayor Sunil Prajapati
 •  Deputy Mayor Rajani Joshi
 • Total 6.89 km2 (2.66 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 81,728
 • Density 12,000/km2 (31,000/sq mi)
 • Religions Hindu, Buddhism
Time zone NST ( UTC+5:45)
Postal code 44800
Area code(s) 01

Bhaktapur ( Nepali: भक्तपुर Bhaktapur About this sound  Listen  ), literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Khwopa ( Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa), it is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.

Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley and was the capital of Nepal during the great 'Malla Kingdom' until the second half of the 15th century. It has a population of more than 81,728, of which the vast majority are still Newars. Historically more isolated than the other two kingdoms, Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language.

Bhaktapur has the best-preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. This is supported by the restoration and preservation efforts of German-funded Bhaktapur Development Project (BDP).

The city is famous for a special type of curd called "Ju Ju(king) dhau(curd). It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal


KHWOPA is the ancient name of Bhaktapur. The term "Bhaktapur" ( Sanskrit/Nepali: भक्तपुर) refers to "The City Of Devotees". This Bhaktapur City is also known as "Khwopa" (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप) or "Bhadgaon" (Nepali:भादगाँउ) or "Ancient Newari Town" throughout the Kathmandu Valley. "Kh0apa" actually refers to the masks which are believed to have been worn by gods and goddesses. Bhaktapur is popular for different forms of mask dances based on lives of different deities and therefore, it was named "Khwapa" which later came to become just "Khwopa," which is also near to meaning masks.

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