Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square :
Situated in the heart of the city consitutes
the focus of visitor's attraction. The Square
is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines,
noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan
Durbar square consists of three main chowks
or court- yards, the Central Mul Cowk, Sundaru
Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Sundari
Chowk holds in its centre a masterpiece of stone
architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.
Krishna Mandir :
Built in the seventeenth century,the temple
of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position
in the palace complex of Patan. It is suposed
to be the first specimen Shikhara style architecture
in Nepal . It is the only temple in Nepal having
21 spires and is completely made of stone.
A little further east from Patan Durbar Square
lies this Buddhist temple made of clay bricks
in which thousands of images of Lord Buddha
engraved. The terra-cotta structure is one of
the fourteenth century Nepalese architectural
Hiranya Verna Mahavihar
Located inside, Kwabadehal, this three storey
golden pagoda of Lokeshwor (Lord Buddha) was
built in the twelfth century by King Bhaskar
Verma. Inside the upper storey of the pagoda,
are the gold- en image of Lord Buddha and a
large prayer wheel.
This fine tiered temple of Lord Shiva was built
during the reign of King Jayasthiti Malla. A
fair is held here on the Janai Poornima day
The Ashokan Stupas :
There are four ancient stupas popularly believed
to have been built in 250 B.C. by Emperor Ahoka
at the four corners of Patan. The four stupas
are situated in Pulchowk, Lagankhel, Ebahi and
in Teta respectively. These stupas give evidence
to the city's ancient religious importance.
Achheswor Mahavihar :
It was established towards the beginning of
the seventeenth century by one Achheshwor by
building a temple to house and idol of Lord
Buddha. The Mahavihar has recently been reconstructed.
Situated behind the Ashokan Stupa at Pulchowk,
the Mahavihar commands a beautiful view of the
Kathmandu Valley .
Temple of Machhendranath
and Minnath :
The pagoda of Red Machhendranath built in 1408
A.D. is situated in Tabahal. For six months
the deity is taken to its other shrine in Bungmati.
The temple of Minnath is situated in Tangal
on the way to Tabahal.
The Zoo :
Situated at Jawalakhel,the zoo has many animals,
birds and reptiles in its collections mostly
representing the Himalayan fauna. There is a
beautiful pond built in 17th A.D.
Patan Industrial Estate
Patan industrial Estate is situated at Lagankhel
in Lalitpur (Patan) near Sat Dobato. This industrial
Estate is well known for Nepali handicrafts
such as wood carvings, metal crafts, carpets
and thangka paintings. For the convenience of
the tourists there is a shopping arcade where
all the handicraft products of the Estate are
exhibited in the shopping arcade.
Bajra Barahi :
Situated in a small woodland park, it is about
ten kilometers south of Patan near the village
of Chapagaon . A visit to Tika Bhairav and Lele
from here is worthwhile.
Situated at the foothills of Phulchowki, Royal
Botanical Garden has a splendid natural beauty.
The road from Patan city runs to Godavari to
the south-east, passing through the small, old
towns of Harisiddhi, Thaiba and Badegaun. It
is the only in Nepal , is open daily including
Saturdays and government holidays.
Located about ten kilometers south-east of Patan,
this mountain, 2758 m. high, is a good spot
for hiking. A Buddhist shrine is situated on
the top of the hill which can be reached through
a jeepable road.