Kirtipur is a small town, eight kilometers from kathmandu. Tribhuwan University is located at the foothills of Kirtipur.Tribhuvan University, the University of Nepal, has the best library in Nepal.
This historic town offer to
old shrines and temples, old houses, the people typically dressed in old traditional costumes, people working on ancient loom etc
In the past there were 12 gates of the town. Parts of the old city wall still remain. The main industry in town is the Kirtipur Cottage Industry Centre and most of the residents are either weavers or farmers. There are some great views of Kathmandu and the mountains behind it.
With its easily defendable hilltop location, when Prithvi Narayan Shah attacked the valley in 1768, Kirtipur was the first place to be attacked. After a tough siege, the town was taken. The king being angry at the resistance order that all the male residents of the town have their lips and nose cut off, but those who could play wind instruments were spared. It is said that news of this punishment spread across the valley and resistant was weakened else where across the valley. Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur all quickly who defeated.