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Best Places to Visit in Patan of 2017

  • 01 Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath

    Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath
    Image Credit : Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath
    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.


    Top Things To Do in Temples of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath

  • 02 The Ashokan Stupas

    The Ashokan Stupas
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    Nepal is the center for Buddhist culture in the country. A fine example of Buddhism in the country is its temples and their stupas. This includes the four Ashoka Stupas. Named after the Emperor Ashoka of India, these stupas not just show Buddhist architecture, but they even reflect different wheels of Buddhism- the wheel of righteousness or dharma. These stupas were traditionally built as markings on the four corners of Patan.

    Highlights
    : These stupas are mounds crowned monuments that were erected in 250 century B.C. Three of the mounds that are constructed have been covered in grass. The fourth one has a white mound and a colorful monument. It is believed that such a construction stems out from the fact that Buddhist stupas are supposed to be different from each other. So, certain highlights and changes are made for each of the design to preserve their uniqueness. That’s why each of the stupas should be explored.

    Location
    : Patan, Nepal.


    Top Things To Do in The Ashokan Stupas

  • 03 The Central Zoo

    The Central Zoo
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    The only zoo in Nepal, Central Zoo is home to over 850 animals, which represent more than a 100 species. The zoo, which is operated by National Trust for Nature Conservation was once a private zoo. However, it opened for public in 1956. The zoo was originally established by Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shumser and is quite popular for its animals among other facilities.



    Highlights
    : The large, central zoo has over 35 endangered local species, including Indian one-horned rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers. It is also the home to siamang ostriches and hippos. The place is a birdwatcher’s paradise as well. Here you can enjoy watching the Asian elephant, rock python, Chinese Alligator, cobra, monitor lizard, turtles and African grey parrots among other animals. There’s a pond at the zoo as well.

    Location
    : Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal.

    Price
    : USD 7-12.


    Top Things To Do in The Central Zoo

  • 04 Mahaboudha Temple

    Mahaboudha Temple
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    In the southeast courtyard of Patan, you will suddenly see the looming shadows of an architectural marvel. This is the temple of Mahabouddha, a sacred place in the region. The temple, which was originally built in 1585 was entirely reconstructed after the 1934 earthquake. However, since the place didn’t have any blueprints or plans for work, the actual constructed temple is different from the original one.

    Highlights
    :The temple has a lot of sunlight and is built in the typical Shikhara style. The hundreds of terracotta tiles that cover it have image of Buddha. The temple is also modeled on the actual Mahabouddha Temple at Bodhgaya in India. The Patan-style metal statues can be shopped near this place. While walking here you will also come across small Shaivite and Vasihnavite Temples.

    Location
    : Patan, Nepal.

    Timings
    : 9am to 5:30pm

    Price
    : USD 0.5-1


    Top Things To Do in Mahaboudha Temple

  • 05 Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval)

    Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval)
    Image Credit : Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval)
    Nepal is well known for its stunning sceneries and mountains. However, it is also popular for its temple, particularly the Krishna Mandir, which is located in the middle of Patan Durbar Square. The temple is built in Shikhara style, which was imported from India. The place has second floor pillar, which is one of the most notable things about this Mandir or temple.

    Highlights
    : The first floor has carvings straight from Mahabharata, whereas the second floor narrates the beauty of Ramayana. This place was developed in 1637 by King Siddhinarasimh Malla and it is believed that he commissioned this temple because he saw Radha and Krishna standing next to each other right at the spot where the temple has been built. The place has 21 golden pinnacles, which have 3 stories. It also features shrines of Lord Krishna and Radha, along with Rukmini at each side. One floor is for Lord Shiva.

    Location
    : Patan Durbar Square, Nepal.


    Top Things To Do in Krisnhna Mandir Temple (Chayasim Deval)

  • 06 Patan Gate

    Patan Gate
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    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.


    Top Things To Do in Patan Gate

  • 07 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.


    Top Things To Do in Baha Bahi

  • 08 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.


  • 09 Patan Industrial Estate

    Patan Industrial Estate
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    For a really long time, Nepal didn’t have an industrial revolution. The industrial changes began in the early 20thcentury, when different industrial units, small scale factories and manufacturing centers were set up. The best part about these centers is the fact that they use exquisite craftsmanship and employ the right kind of artists to manufacture some unique, luxury products. Patan Industrial Estate is a reflection of the same.



    Highlights
    : The industrial estate is a tourist centered area, where a number of craft items are sold from all over the country. This place has several workshop showrooms where you can find some of the most delicately crafted carpets, metalwork and woodcarvings. The place offers a variety of other products as well, most of which are skillfully developed by artisans. It is located close to the Lagankhel Bus Stand.

    Location
    : Patan, Nepal.

    Timings
    : 10am to 5pm.


  • 10 Hari Shanker Temple

    Hari Shanker Temple
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    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.


  • 11 Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar)

    Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar)
    Image Credit : 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.


  • 12 Jagan Narayan Temple

    Jagan Narayan Temple
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    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.


  • 13 Khumbeshwar Temple

    Khumbeshwar Temple
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    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.


  • 14 Mangal Bazaar

    Mangal Bazaar
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    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.


  • 15 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).


  • 16 Patan Museum

    Patan Museum
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    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.


  • 17 Bhimsen Temple

    Bhimsen Temple
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    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.


  • 18 Rudra Varna Mahavihar

    Rudra Varna Mahavihar
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    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.


  • Nearby Getaways from Patan
  • 01 Darjeeling

    On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. The tourist places in Darjeeling will leave a traveler mesmerized and awed with the beauty that the place offers.And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root.

     

    This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

  • 02 Gangtok

    Gangtok, the exotic capital city of Sikkim, is a Buddhist haven. In sync with the Zen philosophy that divinity can only make its way through clear and clean surroundings, Gangtok is an epitome of neatness and is one of the few such places in India. The stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, only add to the Gangokian environs. Offering the best tourist places in Gangtok, this place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, of which Momos and Kinema, are an excellent example. Gangtok is a city of great food, atmospheric sceneries and beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which include Rumtek and Enchey. It has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Gangtok is also a testament to the unique fashion sense of the North East. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. Finally, the people make the place and it is the helpful and friendly citizens of Gangtok, who are true exemplars of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle.   

    Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage. Mountain views act as the backdrop to holidays in Gangtok, where much of the focus also lies on the monasteries, shrines, and temples of this old center of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage. Local delicacies such as momo (stuffed dumplings) also link Gangtok to Tibet. Use Gangtok as your gateway for exploring the state and beyond, with tour operators offering a number of day excursions and longer trips. To know more about the best tourist places in Gangtok, read below:

  • 03 Pokhara

    Pokhara City is one of the most popular tourist places in Nepal. It is also one of the second largest cities in Nepal. It lies in the Annapurna mountain range and has many places to see and offers numerous outdoor activities. You can take an adventure trip to this city and also enjoy sightseeing at this place. After visiting Kathmandu, people visit this place as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. For its scenic view, of the lush green, golden and silvery shadow of sun and moon on the mountains, pristine lakeside river, it is a haven for trekkers and adventurers.

    You can take a holiday at the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains in Pokhara city and enjoy taking walking and trekking trials in and around the city. You can also go mountaineering, shopping in the streets and bazaars of Pokhara City, get the spectacular view of the vegetation and the landscape view of the city. There are many places of eatery, clubs, and bars sprawling the streets of the city. This is the place where you can relish complete recreational activities. Visit lakes, temples, historical monuments, and places of amusement when you visit this city.


  • 04 Varanasi

    Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh and cited as one of the oldest cities of the world, Kashi is considered as the cultural capital of India.The holy city of ‘Varanasi’ (also known as ‘Kashi’ and ‘Banaras’) is located on left bank of the Ganges at the conflux of two rivers: river Varuna (a minor tributary of the Ganges) and river Assi (a rivulet that borders the city of Varanasi at the south). It is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations of the Hindus. The tourist places in Varanasi call out to not just Hindus, but people from across the world. Varanasi is famous for the Ghats along the banks of river Ganga.

    Every devout Hindu hopes to visit the city at least once in a lifetime, take a holy dip at the Ghats of the Ganga (the famous steps leading down to the water) & walk the pious Panchkoshi road that bounds the city. For every visitor, Varanasi has a different experience to offer. Be it the holy dip the mighty Ganges, boat rides through the dawn,the Ghats, the plethora of pilgrims that throng the city everyday seeking God, the meandering narrow alleys, the soothing chant of devotional hymns, the fragrance of incense. Every single experience is mystifying and exclusive to the holy city.

    Recognized by UNESCO as “The city of Music”; The city has a lot to offer, from lip smacking delicacies available at every nook and corner from as early as 6:30 in the morning to tons of musical concerts and live shows staged throughout the day across the city. Apart from that there is a sea of shops to enjoy shopping here. Top things to buy are silk, woodworks, brass works, statues, carpets, copper vessel etc. During festivals, the shops can be found in every inch of the city, and especially around the tourist places in Varanasi.

  • 05 Siliguri

  • 06 Lukla

  • 07 Balaju

  • 08 Zuluk