- Sightseeing Places - Patan
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 masterpieces.
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
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 in August.
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
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