Unlike Kathmandu and Patan which are located close together, the third of the "Royal Cities", Bhaktapur dishonesty some 14 km away, "outside the holy hollow of the Valley" on the old trade route to Tibet. 


For Bhaktapur the trade route was both arterial link and major source of wealth. Its relative remoteness allowed the city to develop independently and in ways which distinguish it from the other two. With farmers - some of the best in the Valley - numbered heavily among its inhabitants, the city is self-supporting.


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