Situated at an altitude of 1,401 meters covering an area of nearly 4 square miles. It is shaped like a conch - shell. Bhaktapur literary means city of devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. The city is nearly 15 kilometers East of Kathmandu. This city is the tourism hub and one of thee main city situated in the Kathmandu Valley. The other two cities are Lalitpur (Patan) and Kathmandu. Situated at an altitude of 1336 meter, the Kathmandu Valley covers an area of 218 square miles.
Airways - Bhaktapur is nearly 15 kilometers East of Kathmandu. Hence its base is Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. There are flights from Bangkok, Vienna, Sharjah, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dhaka, Karachi, Soul, Osaka, Shanghai, Paro, Lhasa, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Varanasi. The operators are Nepal airlines, Thai international Airways, Qatar Airways, Korean air, Saudi Arabian airlines, Indian Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Biman Bangladesh, Gulf Air, Air Sahara, Jet Airways, Austrian Air, China south east airlines, China air, Druk Air fly to Nepal regularly. Nepal has the following domestic airlines namely Nepal Buddha Air, Kathmandu, Cosmic Air, Gorkha Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Shangri - La Air, Skyline Airways, Yeti Airlines and a host of International carriers.
Railways – Nepal has railway connections with its neighboring country, India. Two stretches of railway are Raxaul (India) to Amlekhganj (Nepal) and the other is Raxaul (India) to Janakpur (Nepal). Buses are available for Kathmandu from Janakpur and Amlekhganj. All the bordering towns of Indo - Nepal are served by Indian Railway system.
Roadways - Bhaktapur is nearly 15 kilometers East of Kathmandu. Roadways are the only other alternatives. Roads are good and have developed in the last few years.