Patan sightseeing tour is also visiting of UNESCO world heritage site. Patan is the second largest city in the valley. This ancient city of Patan also Known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts is about five kilometers southeast of Kathmandu.
Patan square contains innumerable buildings embellished with elaborately carved windows and balconies in the Newar tradition. Patan city tour is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities, and wonderful carvings. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing of Patan city for today’s visitors. It is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. The Square has been described as one of the most picturesque collections of buildings that have been set up so small a place by the piety of oriental man.
Most of the monuments in this square date back to the medieval Malla period 15th to 17th century as the golden period of Nepalese art and architecture. Patan sightseeing tour also offers many other famous Buddhist temples like Hiranya Verna Maha Vihar (the Golden temple) and Maha Bouddha with ten thousand Buddha’s images. Most of the people of Patan city are Buddhists. The best place, however, to see metal sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabihar, the “Golden Temple”. It is a Newar monastery which contains wall painting, fourteenth-century statues, and scriptures. Other sites including the Mahabouddha Temple and Uku Bahal are only a few minutes walk away from the square. The streets in this area are home to inetal sculptors of the present day. Central Zoo in Jawalakhel is a pleasant diversion after a tour of the cultural sights. It contains about 106 species of birds and over 665 different animals.
Places to see in Patan
Patan Durbar square:
The main tourist attraction of this place is the ancient Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site. Patan Durbar square lies in the North West of Kathmandu city in the heart of Lalitpur city. The square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The square has been unrestrainedly adorned by the Bhimsen Temple, Manga Hiti, Vishwanath Temple, Jagannarayan Temple and numerous. Marking the northern end of the palace complex, the museum’s imposing Keshav Narayan Chowk is still overshadowed by the dominant Degutale temple behind. The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushshity. The Palace and its Square are inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
Built-in the seventeenth century, the temple of Lord Krishna holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal. It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is completely made of stone. Krishna Mandir, which is one of the grandeur of the square, was built in 1637 by the king Siddhinarsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhar style architecture in Nepal. It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires attracting all visitors and tourists. It is listed in the world heritage because of its delighted and wonderful value.
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 3 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 golden image of Lord Buddha and a large prayer wheel.
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.
Situated at Sankhmul, this is tall, imposing temple of Lord Vishnu. The temple has many fine images of stone and an artistic metal statue of Garuda on a stone pillar.
Rudra Varna Mahavihar:
This unique Buddhist monastery contains fine and amazing collection of images and statues in metal, stone, and wood. It is believed that the Kings in the ancient times were crowned in this monastery. Many of the treasures offered by the devotees can be seen here even today.
The Ashoka Stupas:
There are four ancient Stupas popularly believed to have been built in 250 B.C. by Emperor Ashoka at the four corners of Patan. The four stupas are situated in Pulchowk, Lagankhel, Ebahi and in Teta (way to Sano Gaon) respectively. These stupas give evidence to the city’s ancient religious importance.
It was established towards the beginning of the seventeenth century by one Acchheshwor by building a temple to house an 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.
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. The convenience of the tourists, there is a shopping arcade where all the handicraft products of the Estate are exhibited in the shopping arcade.