Princess of Belgium HRH Princess Astrid visited Bhaktapur on Tuesday. She visited Bhaktapur Durbar and the Taumadi area today.
The Mayor of Bhaktapur municipality Sunil Prajapati welcomed Princess Astrid with a bouquet of flowers, Nepali bags and a shawl made of Dhaka at the entrance of the Durbar area at Khauma.
The delegation included Prince Lorenz of HRH Prince Lorenz, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai, Belgian Ambassador and Advisor for Nepal Jan Matthysen, Head of Communications and Fundraising Ilse Irigors, Ilse Sr Genrygrent (Jean-Yves Berlemont), Dr. of the Damien Foundation. Jean-Pierre Baron Schenkelaars, Ambassador Francois Delhaye, Nepalese Ambassador to Belgium, Cheering Sherpa and others.
During the visit, the delegation visited archaeological and historical sites including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Taleju Temple, 55 windows palace, Siddhilakshmi Temple, Batsala Temple, 5 storeyed Temple and Bhairabanath Temple in Toamadhi area. During the visit, Princess Astrid observed the famous Goddess dance in Tomadhi of Bhaktapur and Lakhe dance in the Layaku area.
She has been influenced by the historical heritage and vibrant culture of Bhaktapur. ”originality of Bhaktapur is great. I will come back to Bhaktapur again.” she said. The princess ate local dishes very sweetly. she enjoyed juju dhau of Bhaktapur delicious curd. The municipality has given her a special bag and a peacock window as present.
Some photographs taken during her visit