Trondheim - Norway
Bhaktapur is an ancient city in the east of Kathmandu valley, Nepal, and is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. It's a picturesque city with narrow winding alleys, walls and temples made of brick and wood, busy bazaars, courtyards and colorful shrines. The monuments, both from Hinduism and Buddhism, are among the best preserved in all of Nepal. The palace of Bhupal, now a museum, is acclaimed for its huge bronze gate, its wooden carvings and colourful frescoes. Other local attractions include the Akash Bhairav temple and the Vihekar Bhairav Temple, which are among the most impressive shrines in all of Nepal. The famed Rani Pokhari, or Queen's pond, is another attraction and a great spot for photography. Another popular destination is Bode (Taleju) temple, a remarkable and popular 15th century temple complex with its steps, pathways and terraces of traditional Newari craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and traditional ceramics, and a visit to one of the many workshops is a must.