Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, It is a World Heritage Site. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu.
straw mats (‘sukul’) in the early 1950’s, when demand was soaring
Before Kathmandu Valley was invaded by new settlers and the construction of concrete buildings began in the 1960’s, most of the houses, whether a durbar (palace) or chhapro (hut), had straw mats as standard flooring .Whether being used for bhoya (festivals), drying grains, or protecting one’s body from the damp, sukul are gradually being replaced by synthetic floor coverings, woolen carpets
Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. According to the Gopālarājavaṃśāvalī, it was founded by the great-grandfather of King Mānadeva (464-505 CE), King Vṛsadeva, about the beginning of the 5th century CE. This seems to be confirmed by a damaged stone inscription found at the site, which indicates that King Vrsadeva ordered work done in 640 CE.
Although the site is considered Buddhist, the place is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Numerous Hindu monarch followers are known to have paid their homage to the temple, including Pratap Malla, the powerful king of Kathmandu, who is responsible for the construction of the eastern stairway in the 17th century.
The eight-day long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley. This also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. It begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Sqaure in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace. For the pole-raising ceremony, hundreds of spectators gather at the Palace Square and on the surrounding temples. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess, is taken out in a procession through the main streets of Kathmandu. along with lakhey elephant and many more god & goddess