Patan also called Lalitpur which translates as ‘city of arts and crafts’ an adjoining and sub-metropolitan city within Kathmandu valley , located south of Kathmandu city separated by a Baghmati River. As you enter into Patan-Lalitpur where you will get fascinated by wonderful Palace Court Yard next to the colorful bazaar, where you can witness local way of traditional life of great interest.
Patan-Lalitpur offers a wide range of interesting places for half day to full days as per one interest to observe ancient arts and crafts with rural and heritage villages that makes Patan area one of a major tourist destination.
(for half day to full days or more) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a full day or 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. on a half day.
Patan Durbar Square (Approx: 02- 03 hrs)
Places of interest around Patan / Lalitpur city:
Patan Durbar Square: Center of Patan / Lalitpur enriched with ancient Newari architecture with three main courtyards within the palace: Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk with Mul chowk oldest the focal point of Patan square, a few multi measured and a multi-styled sanctuary houses the western part of the complex. Main among these is Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya.
Famous and largest courtyards among three main Chowk (Square), the Bidya Sanctuary is situated at the focal point of the patio and the Taleju sanctuaries stand around the courtyard.Sundari Chowk:
Sundari Chowk is to the south of the Mul Chowk with a sunken tank known as Tusha Hiti Mul Chowk & Taleju Temple.Keshav Narayan Chowk:
Keshav Narayan Chowk on the northern part with Degutale temple, it is the site of the most punctual Malla castle in Patan, the Chowk sits on the more established establishments of a Buddhist monastery.Krishna Temple:
This sanctuary committed to Hindu Lord Krishna was raised in the 17th century, considered to be the first one to be built in Shikara architecture, it commands a vital position around durbar square. The elegant shikhara-style temple is ranked as one of the gems of Durbar Square. The temple is compared with sacred Mount Meru, which is dwelling the place the god Shiva as per Hindu sacred writings.Mahaboudha:
A Buddhist temple of Mahaboudha, which is made of clay bricks, lies to the east of the Durbar Square. Several Buddha pictures are engraved in the blocks. The sanctuary is known for its fine earthenware work.Kumbheshwor:
Just at the rim of Durbar square lies five-storied pagoda temple of Lord Siva built by Lord Jayasthiti Malla, inside the sanctuary premises a characteristic spring, its source the belief is from the famous glacial lake of Gosainkunda around Langtang Himal of Rasuwa district. The brilliant work on the sanctuary was included later in 1422 A.D. On the festival of Janai Purnima (month of August), ritual bathing and fair take place.Jagat Narayan Temple:
Jagatnarayan temple a tall Shikara style temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, red bricks are used for the construction. The sanctuary additionally holds a fine metal statue of Garuda, Ganesh and Hanuman, all identified with Hindu religion and folklore.Rudra Varna Mahavihar:
This Buddhist cloister holds a stunning gathering of pictures and icons in metal, stone, and wood. Legend holds that the Kings in the antiquated occasions were delegated in this cloister. Many of the treasures offered by the people can be seen here even today.The Asoka Stupas:
The Indian Emperor Asoka visited Nepal in 250 B.C and constructed four ancient stupas around four corners of Patan. The four stupas are located in Pulchowk, Lagankhel, Imatole and in Teta (way to Sano Gaon) respectively.Patan Industrial Estate:
Located outside the city suburb near the Stupa at Lagankhel, an interesting place to visit and shopping for souvenirs, where all the handicrafts are hand made from metal, wood to stone artwork includes carpet, Pashmina shawl are woven here, as Patan/Lalitpur is the city of excellence and expressions, it will be a chance to watch the work and skill of craftsman and to purchase some items from this place.Patan -Lalitpur extension tour for a day: Tibetan Refugee Camp:
Tibetan Refugee camp located on the south of Patan area near only Nepal Zoo, where one can watch the upbeat happy specialists weaving carpets. This place was set up in the mid-1970s after the Chinese intrusion in Tibet where a great number of Tibetan migrated here, and the Nepal Government established this place as a permanent camp or settlement for the Tibetan Refugees here you can shop souvenirs as well.Bungmati and Kokana villages:
A short drive to Bungmati and Kokana villages located on the very edge of Kathmandu valley around Lalitpur district, where the way of life villagers still Exists at it was for many past centuries and old Newari village with some Tamang and another tribe as a minority, here visit the local old houses and famous temples, this place famous for handmade garments and mustard oils.