Dangers & Annoyances
To enter Bhaktapur you must pay a hefty fee of US$15 (or Rs 1500). SAARC nationalities and Chinese pay Rs 500 and children under 10 are free. This fee is collected at ticket offices at over a dozen entrances to the city and your ticket will be checked whenever you pass one of the checkpoints. If you are staying here for up to a week, you need only pay the entrance fee once, but you must ask the ticket desk to write your passport number on the back of the ticket.
For longer stays (up to one year or the duration of your visa), a Bhaktapur Visitor Pass is available within a week of purchasing your entry ticket. You need to bring two passport photos and a photocopy of your visa and passport details to the tourist information centre next to the Central Ticket Booth, which also offers maps and free internet for 30 minutes.
Look out for the booklet Bhaktapur: A Guide Book, published by the Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee and sold in local shops.