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Patan and Lalitpur same place with two names as Patan an earlier old name for present Lalitpur means city of beautiful arts and crafts which you can witness on this interesting tour of few hours.
Patan or Lalitpur city located at mere distance from the capital Kathmandu within its southern zone separated by Baghmati River, a short drive takes you to its old and busy bazaar of Lalitpur where impressive ancient Malla kingdom era palace and courtyard situated.
A sub-metropolitan city within the valley of Kathmandu where three kingdoms stood before 17th Century before it was annexed into one great Nepal during the period of Shah Monarch.
For a Day Tour (from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with short drive and walks) Places of interest around Patan / Lalitpur city:
Located in the center of Patan / Lalitpur treasured with ancient Newari architecture of three main courtyard within its beautiful palace:
Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Keshav Narayan Chowk with Mul Chowk oldest the centre of Patan square, several multi sized and a multi-styled temple houses the western part of the complex. Main among these is Krishna Temple, Bhimsen Temple and the Golden Temple of Hiranya.
Famous, largest courtyard among three main Chowk (Square), the Bidya Temple is located at the center of the courtyard and the Taleju temples stand around the courtyard.
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 on the northern part with Degutale temple, it is the site of the earliest Malla palace in Patan, the Chowk sits on the older foundations of a Buddhist monastery.
This temple dedicated to Hindu Lord Krishna was erected 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 abode of the god Shiva according to Hindu scriptures.
A Buddhist temple of Mahaboudha, which is made of clay bricks, lies to the east of the Durbar Square. Hundreds of Buddha images are engraved in the bricks. The temple is known for its fine terra cotta work.
Just at rim of Drubar square lies five-storied pagoda temple of Lord Siva built by King Jayasthiti Malla, inside the temple premises a natural spring, its source the belief is from the famous glacial lake of Gosainkunda around Langtang Himal of Rasuwa district.
The golden work on the temple was added later in 1422 A.D.
On the festival of Janai Purnima (month of August), ritual bathing and fair takes place.
Jagat Narayan Temple:
Jagatnarayan temple a tall Shikara style temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, red bricks are used for the construction. The temple also holds a fine metal statue of Garuda, Ganesh and Hanuman, all related to Hindu religion and mythology.
Rudra Varna Mahavihar:
This Buddhist monastery holds amazing collection of images and idols in metal, stone and wood. Legend holds that the Kings in the ancient times were crowned in this monastery. Many of the treasures offered by the people can be seen here even today.
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.
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 art work includes carpet, Peshmina shawl are woven here, as Patan / Lalitpur is city of beauty and arts, it will be an opportunity to observe the work and skill of craftsman and to purchase some items from this place.
Tour to extend for a day after visit of Patan Durbar Square and other places:
Tibetan Refugee camp located on the south of Patan area near the only Nepal Zoo, where one can observe the happy-cheerful workers weaving carpets.
This place was established in the early 1970’s after the Chinese invasion 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.
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 is was for many past centuries, and old Newari village with some Tamang and other tribe as minority, here visit the local old houses and famous temples, this place famous for handmade garments and mustard oils..