Lalitpur Metropolitan City, historically Patan, is the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara and it is located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley which is a new metropolitan city of Nepal. Lalitpur is also known as Manigal.
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Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of around 2.5 million. Also known as the city of temples, with one of the oldest pagoda design, known with Pashupatinath Temple, the city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu valley in central Nepal.Learn more
Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Learn more Book this experience
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Experience Tamang culture and the landscape of their region near the Tibetan border. Head out from Kathmandu on a 10-day adventure, which includes a number of unique day treks and a chance to discover the ancient lifestyle of the indigenous Tamang people.Book this experience
Kathmandu Durbar Square in front of the old royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Learn more Book this experience
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The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the Bagmati River, approximately 5 km north-east of Kathmandu in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, the capital of Nepal.Learn more Book this experience
Hiraṇyavarṇa Mahāvihāra, also Kwa Baha: informally called The Golden Temple with literal meaning "Gold-colored Great Monastery" is a historical vihara situated in Patan, Nepal. It is known locally as the "Golden Temple" and it is famous for feeding rats.Learn more Book this experience
Thamel is a commercial neighborhood located in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades, starting from the hippie days when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel.Learn more Book this experience
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Taboche is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalaya. Taboche is connected to Cholatse by a long ridge. Taboche lies directly across the Imja River from Ama Dablam and above the villages of Pheriche and Dingboche.Learn more Book this experience
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Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of around 1 million. Also known as the city of temples, the city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu valley in central Nepal.Learn more
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Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa, also known as the city of the temples, is a city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal about 8 miles from the capital city, Kathmandu.Learn more
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Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population of around 1 million. Present as a valley below mesmerizing hills of Shiva Puri Nagarjun National Park, Kathmandu is also, economically, the most developed city in Nepal.Learn more
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Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is the royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom, 1,400 metres above sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Learn more Book this experience
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Nyatapola Temple is a 5-storeyed Hindu temple. Meaning is Five Storeys Roofed Temple. Pagoda Style temple located in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The temple was erected by Nepali King Bhupatindra Malla during a 7-month period from late 1702 to 1703. It is the temple of Siddhi Lakshmi, the Tantric Lakshmi who bestows auspiciousness.Learn more Book this experience
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Chitlang is a village located in Thaha Municipality of Makwanpur District, Bagmati Pradesh, Nepal.Learn more
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Nagarkot is a former Village Development Committee located 32 km east of Kathmandu, Nepal in Bhaktapur District in Bagmati Pradesh and as of 2015 part of Nagarkot Municipality.Learn more
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Langtang National Park was established in 1976 as Nepal's first Himalayan national park and the country's fourth protected area.Learn more Book this experience
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Dhading Besi is the district headquarter of the Dhading District in Nepal. The town lies in Nilkantha Municipality of Dhading. The word besi in the Nepali language means lowlands in the river basin, the reason many people settled here.Learn more
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Traveling to Patan, Nepal, is an amazing opportunity to experience the rich culture and history of the Kathmandu Valley. As one of the three ancient cities in the valley, Patan is famous for its artistic heritage, stunning architecture, and traditional crafts. It is an ideal destination for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and those seeking a unique cultural experience.
To get to Patan, you'll first need to fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. From there, it's an easy 20-30 minutes taxi ride to Patan. Alternatively, you can take a local bus or microbus from Kathmandu to Patan, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
It's essential to book a few things in advance, like accommodations and guided tours. If you're planning to participate in workshops on traditional crafts, such as wood carving, metalwork, or pottery, it's a good idea to book in advance as well.
The costs for traveling in Patan are relatively affordable. Accommodation ranges from budget guesthouses to more upscale hotels. Meals at local restaurants are inexpensive, and entrance fees to museums and temples are reasonably priced. Be prepared to haggle when shopping for souvenirs, as bargaining is an essential part of Nepali culture.
Some of the best things to do in Patan include exploring the ancient Patan Durbar Square, which houses several temples and the Patan Museum, visiting the Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and strolling through the charming streets of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to visit local workshops and witness the creation of traditional crafts.
For dining options, consider visiting The Village Café, which offers a mix of traditional Newari and Nepali cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Another great spot is Yala Mandala, a café, and gallery that serves delicious food and showcases local art. For a more upscale experience, try the Third World Café, which offers a fusion of Nepali and international dishes.
As for accommodations, consider staying at the Traditional Homes - Swotha, a beautifully restored Newari house that offers a unique and authentic experience. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, the Shaligram Hotel & Spa provides comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. For a more luxurious stay, the Hotel Timila is an excellent choice.
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For an unusual travel experience in Patan, head to the Kumbeshwar Temple Complex, one of the oldest temples in the city, dating back to the 14th century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features a five-story pagoda structure. During the Janai Purnima festival in August, the temple complex becomes a lively hub for traditional music, dance, and rituals. Another offbeat experience is to visit the Patan Industrial Estate, where you can observe the production of traditional crafts on a larger scale and even participate in workshops to learn the skills from local artisans. By venturing beyond the typical tourist sites, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Patan's rich culture and history.
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