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Patan

Population: 79,875
Best Season: May-September 


Nearly 5km southeast of Kathmandu, Patan boasts of many Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carving. The city is home to Nepal's finest craftsmen who produce exquisite brass, bronze and copper statues of a variety of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Here's your chance to pick up some excellent silver jewellery, sacred paubha paintings and other handicrafts.

Getting There

Patan is almost next-door to the city of Kathmandu. Buses run regularly between Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Metered taxis are pretty easy to come by in Kathmandu but private taxis are much more expensive and fares should be agreed upon before engaging one. 

Accommodation

Patan has enough accommodation to offer to travelers who decide to spend some time in this ancient city. However, don't expect too much luxury - you'll have to make do with clean, cozy rooms. You could pick from the following:

Hotel Himalaya
Patan

Hotel Narayani
Patan

Hotel Greenwich Village
Patan

Aloha Inn
Patan

Summit Hotel
Patan
 

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Sightseeing

Krishna Mandir

Built in the 17th century by King Siddhi Narasingha Malla, the temple of Lord Krishna holds a prominent position in the palace complex of Patan. It is believed to be the first temple in Nepal to be done in the Shikhara (spire) style of architecture that is so popular in India. The temple houses 21 shrines and is made entirely of stone. It boasts of excellently carved friezes that depict scenes from the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. 

Mahabouddha Temple

Not far from Patan Durbar Square stands the Buddhist Mahabouddha Temple. Made entirely of clay bricks on which thousands of images of Lord Buddha are engraved, this terracotta structure is a masterpiece of 14th century Nepali architecture. 

Kumbheshwor Temple

The Kumbheshwor Temple in Patan is similar to Nyatapola Temple in Bhaktapur in that they are the only two temples in the valley with 5 roofs with the exception of the round 5-tiered Pancha Mukhi Hanuman of Kathmandu’s Hanuman Dhoka Palace. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built during the reign of King Jayasthiti Malla. The temple is the venue of much festivity on the occasion of the Janai Poornima Fair in August.

Jagatnarayan Temple

A tall, imposing temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Jagatnarayan Mandir is made of red bricks. Situated along the bank of the Bhagmati river, the temple boasts of many fine images in stone and an artistic metal statue of Garuda (the pet vehicle of Lord Shiva) on a stone pillar.

Varna Mahavihar

This unique Buddhist monastery contains a remarkable collection of images and statues in metal, stone and wood. It is believed that the kings of yore were crowned in this very monastery. Many of the treasures offered by the devotees can be seen here even today. 

Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath

Also known as the Pagoda of Red Machchhendra Nath, this temple was built in 1408 AD and is situated in Tabahal. Another name for it is Avalokiteshwor and the statue of Adinath Lokeshwor is housed here for a period of 6 months. For the rest of the year, the idol is taken to its shrine in Bungamati. The temple of Min Nath is situated in Tengal, on the way to Tabahal and is supposed to be older than the temple of Red Machchhendra Nath.

Jawalakhel Zoo

This zoo in Patan is home to many exotic South Asian animals and can be a lot of fun for kids.

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