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Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath, Patan

  • In Patan the temples have a pivotal role to play. Temples around the city are quite popular and the most popular ones here is the Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath. It is highly visited by tourists as the place is a nice example of Vietnamese architecture from the past era.

    Highlights:
    The best thing about the temple is that it is very well preserved and maintained by the concerned authorities given that there are so many tourists visiting each day. Most of the people visit here for the rich architectural significance it holds. There are various artifacts inside the temple but they are caged so that they don’t get stolen.

    Location: It is located in the Patan region of Lalitpur.

    Timings: The temple is usually open from 5 in the morning to around 10 in the night but these are not the official timings of the temple.

    Price: Entry to the temple is completely free of Price.

Attractions

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Rudra Varna Mahavihar

A historic Buddhist monastery, Rudra Varna Mahavihar Temple is used for major coronation ceremonies throughout the year. The walls and altars of this place are quite popular for their statues. While the temple is not on the main street and has to be searched in the back alleys of Patan, the place is worth a visit, especially for the bronze pieces inside and on the top of the temple.



Highlights
:This is another one of the beautiful temples in the region. While the Buddhist temple appears like a Hindu styled temple, it does have a few pinnacles on the top that distinguishes it from their counterparts. However, it has a similar pagoda style as Indian architecture. The temple has plenty of golden ornamentation and has several elaborate rituals that will instantly invoke a number of feelings. The place is pleasant because it is off a regular tourist’s trail.

Location
: Patan Durbar Square, Nepal.

Price
: USD 4.
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Bhimsen Temple

Dedicated to Bhimsen, one of the five Pandvas, the Bhimsen Temple at the end of Durbar Square is a sacred religious place in the region. Bhimsen is considered to be the god of trade and business. It is also believed that he has superhuman strength. That’s why the drawings and carvings in the temple depict him as a red muscleman, someone who is crushing and elephant with a knee or lifting a horse.



Highlights
: The pagoda has three storey and what makes it different than other temples is that it has an unusual rectangular plan. The temple was built centuries ago and rebuilt in 1682, after which it has been restored thrice- in 1935, 1967 and most recently after the 2015 earthquake. Non-Hindus can climb to the upper level to view the wide eyed statue once the repairs are complete.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.
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Patan Museum

Once upon a time, this was the former residence of the Malla Kings. But now, this place houses some of the finest collections of art. The palace, which surrounds Keshav Narayan Chowk is perhaps best known for its art, symbolism as well as architecture. It is one of the most popular places to explore the culture and life in Nepal in depth. You would need at least an hour to truly enjoy the beauty of this place.



Highlights
: While some rooms and exhibits of the Museum were damaged in 2015 earthquake, most of the place has been restored, which makes it perfect for a visit. The collections here are displayed in timbre and brick rooms, each one of which are linked with a narrow staircase. The informative labels ensure that the exhibits hold your interest for a long time.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.

Timings
: From 10:30am to 5:30pm. Last admission at 4pm.

Price
: USD 6-8.
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Bhinchhebahal tole

Searching for different things to do in Lalitpur? Then Bhinchhenbahal should be on your list. Patan is so beautiful and this place in particular is so well maintained. The open space is surrounded by 60 houses and has been designed in a clean area, with two water wells. The hidden treasure is one of those off-beaten tracks that must be visited.

Highlights
:There’s a Buddha Temple in the middle that will instantly capture attention. There are chaityas around and the overall environment at the place is quite warm. The major highlight of this place is the stone carvings, which makes it appear like a live museum. Seven minute walk from Sundhara will bring you close to the place. An excellent addition to your itinerary, this simple, serene place is a must visit for travelers.

Location
: Bhinchhenbahai, Patan (Lalitpur).
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Mangal Bazaar

Located just across Bagmati River from Kathmandu is the famous Mangal Bazaar of Patan. The place is well known among the tourists who like to shop. It is also listed on the World Heritage site by UNESCO (the city of Patan as a whole). What makes this place so widely popular is the fact that it is the cultural center of the city.



Highlights
: Mangal Bazaar is perfect for the days when you would like to shop and find yourself at ease with the city. It is an excellent way of exploring the cultures of the place and is quite well known for its small vendor stores. These are the stores that gives insight about how locales live their lives and what kind of industries have been set up in this place. The bazaar is located in close proximity to some major temples and the Patan Museum.

Location
: Patan Durbar Square, Nepal.

Timings
: From 11am to 7pm.

Price
: USD 5-7.
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Khumbeshwar Temple

The eye-catchy architecture of this place makes it an instant hit among the people. Ever so popular Kumbeshwar temple is a must visit when you visit Patan. This temple has five stories and features tall, thin mandir design. The artistic woodcarving appears to defy gravity and instantly captures attempt. The precarious structure survived the earthquake of 2015. However, the top tier topped a few weeks later and the tower appears to lean slightly.



Highlights
: The temple has a large Nandi Statue and has been dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. The sacred site has two ponds where the water comes from Gosainkund, a holy lake. It is said that bathing in the temple is as meritorious as bathing in the lake itself. The surrounding smaller temples are dedicated to Baglamukhi or Parvati. It is here that local women come to socialize and wash clothes. Closely located is the Kumbeshwar Technical School.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.
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Jagan Narayan Temple

If there’s one thing that Nepal is famous for (apart from mountains of course), it is the temples. One of the major temples in the region is Jagan Narayan Temple, which honors Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of protection and maintenance. The lord, who is also known as Hari is practiced and revered in this temple.

Highlights
: This is a tall, imposing temple that has been built in the 17thcentury. The temple is pagoda style, with Shikhara construction, wherein rising towers are built through the temple to make it appear like a mountain peak. The style is heavily detailed to add sophistication and to reflect the carvings from a bygone era. The highly ornate construction has progressively smaller storeys of pavilion. This temple in particular is very calming, spiritual and religious place. The site is perfect for exploring Hinduism and the culture.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.
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Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar)

Explore the spiritual beauty of Nepal by visiting Hiranya Varna Mahavihar. This stunning temple is a golden colored monastery that is situated in Nepal. The place is quite popular for feeding rats.



Highlights
: One of the major highlights of this place is the elaborate rituals and traditions that the temple has for different ceremonies. That’s what makes it more exciting than you can imagine. It is here that you will find the elegance of Buddhist architecture.

Here you can see elaborate carvings and walk among the worshippers. Don’t forget to look for elephant structures at this place and see religious artworks, including impressive icons of goddess Arya Tara at the courtyard. Take a five minute walk from the temple to visit Patan Durbar Square. Shoes and leather is prohibited here.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.

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