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Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, means 'city of rice' in Nepali and is one of the main cities of the Kathmandu Valley region in Nepal. It can easily be reached by car or bus from Kathmandu and it is worth staying a night to soak up the atmosphere in the early hours and evening when most tourists have moved on.
Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. The old town is pretty much traffic free and is a delight to explore on foot. It dates back to 12th century and is set on the old trade route to tibet. The local traditions and old medieval architecture are more or less intact so it feels like you are entering a living museum. You'll see grain being threshed by hand and rice drying in the sun along with handmade pottery and other ancient crafts and traditions taking pace. The main Durbar Square is very impressive and so much quieter than the frenetic Durbar Square of Kathmandu.
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The use of email is growing, although its availability is most widespread in Kathmandu and Pokhara, where is is also cheap. Outside the main tourist areas, internet is not widely available and where it is, it does cost a lot more.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are two main mobile operators in Nepal. Government run NTC (Nepal Telecom Company), and private Ncell (previously called Spice Mobile and Mero Mobile). Both operators allow tourists to buy SIM cards for about 200NRs in Kathmandu and most major towns.
Nepal Post is the Postal Service Department of the Nepali Ministry of Information and Communications and the national post office of Nepal. Services are terribly slow, especially to international destinations. Post offices are generally open Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Friday until 3:00pm, although some offices keep longer hours. For packages, it is recommend to use international courier services like DHL, TNT or UPS.
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