The essence of the experience
Once the luxurious palace of the kings of Patan, Patan’s spectacular Durbar Sq remains the finest collection of temples and palaces in the whole of Nepal. Similar to its counterpart in Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square is situated in the heart of the city, and the square is an abundance of artistic courtyards complete with graceful pagoda temples displaying Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings. The Krishna Temple, built entirely of stone, is said to be the first specimen of Shikhara-style architecture in Nepal.
Lavish with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments, this is a spectacular destination for connoisseurs of fine arts.
For the finest examples of superior craftsmanship in wood seek out Royal Taleju temple and Char Narayan; a resplendent golden balcony at the temple of Bhimsen overlooks the bustling square and the abundance of other shrines and sculptures dotted in and around the square.
Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples are the backdrop to this extraordinary city with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. Many more temples dedicated to Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, Shiva, Narsingha and others are situated in the Patan Durbar Square. You will also be surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony.
On your exploration visit the many fair-trade shops in Patan, selling superior handicrafts at fair prices, and marvel the incredible artistry of these people.