Patan, Nepal: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Patan is one of the largest cities in Nepal and it is located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. It is also the oldest of the three cities of the ancient Kathmandu valley. It was once the capital of an independent kingdom which now sumsumed into the greater Kathmandu urban sprawl. It is extremely easy to reach Patan from Kathmandu by taking a short bus ride or a taxi ride which takes under thirty minutes. It is still called with its original name of Lalitpur (City of Beauty) or Yala by many locals. Patan is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers and it is also known as the city of artists.

The city is believed to have been built during the reign of Bira Deva in 299 A.D. It’s historic district is usualy quieter and better preserved than Kathmandu, therefore everyone who visits Kathmandu, also visits Patan’s Durbar Square where the finest collection of temples and palaces of Nepal are. Most of the temples located in Durbar Square were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake. In Patan, there are also shops and restaurants that are set up to cater to the NGO workers and diplomats who live in the surrounding suburbs. The best time to visit the city is from  September to November or from March to May.