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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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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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Hari Shanker Temple

There are so many gods who are worshipped in Hinduism. But something as curious a God hybrid comes less often. And this temple is the perfect example of the same. This three storey temple, which is dedicated to Hari Shankar is as curious as it can get. The deity is considered an amalgamation or a hybrid of Vishnu and Shiva, the attributes of both have been taken together.



Highlights
:This temple is intriguing and not only for the hybrid deity. The Hindu temple manages to intrigue with its roof struts and architecture. The temple, which was designed in the 1704-05 by King Yoganarendra Malla’s daughter is quite popular and located in close proximity to the other temples. The temple was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, but the government is taking steps to restore it. The site is still accessible for travelers in Nepal.

Location
:Patan, Nepal.
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Godavari Botanical Garden

With high Himalayas on one side and steamy Indian plains on the other, Nepal is a land that’s full of surprise, natural wonders, stunning sceneries and magical monasteries with warm and friendly people. But because of its natural beauty, the place is widely visited by tourists from all over the world. This can lead to a lot of commotion. So, if you want to clear your mind and wish to find something calming and bright, then Godavari Botanical Garden is the place to be. Full of trees and an exceptional variety of flora, the gardens here are known for their tranquility.

Highlights: The well maintained gardens are perfect for picnics and walks. In the middle, there’s a coronation pond with a commemorative pillar that provides insight into the Nepalese culture. If you are looking for quiet time, then this is the place to be. Just avoid Fridays and Saturdays as it full of schoolchildren then.

Location
: Godavari, Nepal.

Timings: 10am to 5pm (4pm from Nov-Jan).

Price
: USD 5 to 6.
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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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Baha Bahi

Patan is one of the oldest cities in Nepal. It is also the home to Durbar Square, which is a beautiful monster. The Buddhist monastery is one of the oldest in the world and is built on a quadrangle, which represents traditional Nepalese architecture. Designed to be flanked by black lions, this monastery is an exciting way to discover Buddhist cultures.

Highlights
: The large, new looking doorway of the monastery brings you to inside. Baha Bahi has Cheshire cat grins that capture attention. Founded in 1427, this old styled Buddhist monastery was restored by Japanese architects in the early 1990s.

Today, this place is home to monks and serves as the modern connect between people and Buddhism. The inscriptions here are widely read, whereas the overall architecture is intriguing. Do visit this place if you are visiting Nepal in general and Patan in particular. It won’t disappoint you.

Location
: Patan, Nepal.
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Patan Gate

Sometimes, you have to open the gates to discover a bygone era. If you want to transcend into the world that existed some centuries ago, then you have to step through the Patan Gate. Patan’s Golden Gate is the entryway to the Patan Museum. The gate, which was installed almost three centuries ago is a gilded gateway with windows made from gold foil wrapped around timber frame.



Highlights
: The major highlight of this gate is the pediment that’s made of gold. The pediment shows Shiva, Parvati, Kumar and Ganesha through excellent carvings. The gate, which has a window in gold was once used by the king to make public appearances. Today, this gate marks the entrance into the world of a bygone era. The museum that comes after the gate is known for its artifacts and displays from all over the world. If you are visiting the museum, make sure that you view the beauty of this gate as well.

Location
: Patan Museum, Patan.
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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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