Patan is a historical city inside Kathmandu Valley with antique monuments. Scratching back to the history of Kathmandu – Patan comes in all of them. Stories behind the city are interesting. Patan Durbar Square is located at the heart of heritage the city of Lalitpur. It is one of the three Durbar Square inside Kathmandu valley & it is also listed in the world UNESCO heritage sites. Patan day tour is special because of its historical importance and wide excursion perimeter.
Major attraction of the Patan day tour would be the ancient royal palace, where Malla Kings of Lalitpur ruled. Patan Durbar Square is known for its fine art and less spoiled “Newar traditional architecture”. Newari communities are still living in the city with grouped houses, with a common front-yard, one yard for many houses. The front-yard is also called chowk. Chowk is a common Square floor paved with red bricks/tile.
There are many courtyard, monuments and idols in patan area. The Square also holds traditional Newari residential houses. There are other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square. Temples, beautiful carvings in wood and Manson were built by the Newari people, now and then. Even in the present, new houses are constructed by old architects.
Patan is also known for Rato Machindranath Jatra. If you come at the right time – your patan day tour will be fantastic.
Rato Machhindranath is a fest to celebrate the joy of the rainy season in Kathmandu, similar to Dumji festival of Himalaya region (Dumji fest of Tengboche is a famous festival in the lap of Mount Everest). On the other hand this festival is celebrated so as to please the god of rain “Barun”.
Rato Machhindranath festival in patan continues for a month and is ended with Bhoto Jatra, the display of the sacred vest. This fest is observed towards the end of May, in Patan Durbar square premises.
- The Golden Gate
- Krishna Mandir
- Bhimsen Temple
- Taleju Bhawani Temple
- Char-Narayan Temple
- Sundari Chowk, the royal open bath
- Mul Chowk
Patan is one of the largest historic cities in Nepal and is located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. Confusingly, it is also known as Lalitpur, both names deriving from the Sanskrit “Lalitapattan”. Patan day tour is the same as lalitpur city tour – do not get confused with the name.
Like its larger neighbor Kathmandu, Patan also boasts a Durbar Square full of temples, statues, and palaces. In addition, Patan Museum a must-see attraction of Patan Durbar square.
As a traditional center of wooden carving handicrafts, Patan durbar square is a great place to purchase jewelry, Buddha statues and masks.
South of Durbar Square
- Mahaboudha Temple, (5-10 minutes walking distance from Durbar Square). This is a a stone temple covered with terracotta tiles, which include 1008 Budha images. It was modelled on a larger temple in Bodhgaya, India and took one family four generations to complete.
- Rudravarna Mahavihar (also known as Uku Bahal). A gem of a temple close to Mahaboudha, but much less visited. One of the oldest temples in the Kathmandu Valley with some strange and interesting statues.
- Machchhendranath temple. Machchhendranath also gives his name to an annual festival when a 25 meter tall “chariot” is paraded through Patan. The parade takes place between April and June, with the chariot staying the night at different locations. The end of the parade is supposed to coincide with the onset of the monsoon rains. The wheels of the chariot are over 2m in diameter. For the rest of the year these can be seen in the building next to the Ashok Stupa
North of Durbar Square
- Golden Temple (Hiranayavarna Makavikar). An enormous number of gold- and silver-covered decorations and some excellent bronze statues make this well worth being the only temple in Patan you have to pay to enter.
- Kumbheshwar Temple. One of the two five-story pagoda temples of the Valley. The sunken basin is usually empty but around August is filled for the Kumbheshwar Mela full moon day festival. At this time the temple becomes packed. Sheep roaming the temple are those that have been spared sacrifice
- Ashok Stupa. Immediately after the pedestrian bridge at Pulchowk is the old Buddhist stupa of Ashok. Next to that is the building where the structure of the Machchhendranath chariot is kept when not being used
• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Kathmandu City Tour
• Time – Full day
• Activity – Sightseeing major spots of Patan