Patan City Day Tour

Patan City Day Tour
Trip Information
  • Duration1 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • ActivityCity Tour
  • Group Size2+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeAll Time of year
  • Visit Patan Durbar Square- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Learn about the architecture and art of the Malla era.
  • Visit Rato Machhindranath's residence to honor the rain god of the valley.
  • Immerse yourself in the valley’s rich Newari culture during your Patan Durbar Square Tour.
  • Explore the streets of Khokana and Bungamati, two Newari Heritage Villages.
  • The royal courtyard is surrounded by a vibrant, intriguing market in the lovely Durbar Square.

"City center of Lalitpur A marvel of Newari Architecture Temple of Thousand Buddhas."

Trip Introduction:  Patan City Day Tour.

The Lalitpur city center is where you'll find this city square. One of the three main Durbar squares in the Kathmandu Valley, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This location offers a chance to appreciate the architecture, culture, grandeur, and history of the era. This area is home to several buildings, including temples, palaces, homes, and many others.

Lalitpur comes from a Sanskrit word that means “City of Beauty”. There are other names given to this city like Yala, and Manigal, and various backstories are found behind the names. Similarly, there are stories behind the name Patan.

It is believed that Patan was a rich and prosperous city since pre-historic times. The Kirat dynasty is thought to have founded Patan, followed by the Lichhavi dynasty's expansion and the Malla monarchs' additional expansion and modifications. In addition, the establishment of Patan's royal square palace is attributed to Malla monarchs.

Things to do/ Attractions in Patan Durbar Square.

  • Some popular temples and monuments around Patan Durbar Square.
    • Taleju Bell.
    • Hari Shankar Temple.
    • Yoga Narendra’s Statue.
    • Jaggannarayan temple.
    • Krishna Mandir.
    • Vishwanath Temple.
    • Bhimsen Temple.
    • Golden Temple.
    • Khumbeshwor.
  • The three Courtyards around Patan Durbar Square.
    • Keshab Narayan Chowk.
    • Sundari Chowk.
    • Mul Chowk.
  • Patan Museum.

A Day in Patan Durbar Square: What to Expect?

The Patan City day tour takes you to the neighboring city of Kathmandu, the closest and most distinct region in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan, often referred to as Lalitpur is a city that is divided from the capital by a bridge that spans the revered Bagmati River.

The Patan Durbar Square Day Tour takes you around impressive sites full of historical and religious wonders, from the Malla Regime. It’s a fascinating full-day tour offered by Holiday Tours Nepal that includes the chance to see artisans at work. Locations brimming with regional goods can be explored as we travel south of Patan to the historic farm towns and villages of Bungmati and Khokana.

Ancient Bungmati and Khokana, founded in the 7th century, are well-known for their handcrafted ethnic clothing as well as for manufacturing pure mustard oil along with other farm products. Due to their distinctive old traditional manner of modest farm life, these old historical towns were named world heritage sites. They still practice their ancient past splendor arts and customs now.

Additionally, a unique excursion to less traveled regions of the Kathmandu valley that is only occasionally visited by Western tour groups can be done. It’s a wonderful way to see rural Nepalese life as it has existed for centuries. After having a lovely day exploring the picturesque areas of the Kathmandu Valley, you may complete this delightful journey by taking the Patan City Day journey before returning to your accommodation.

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After a substantial breakfast in the morning, our guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you on a short drive to Patan, Lalitpur district, as well as to various districts within the Kathmandu valley.
On this thrilling tour, you may see the journey that takes you through Lalitpur and Patan city, where the spectacular ancient Durbar Square or royal courtyard is located, at Mangal Bazaar.

Tour of Krishna Temple:

After spending some time at Mangal Bazar guide offered by Holiday Planner Nepal will take our visitors to Krishna Mandir/Temple which is built with finely crafted stone. This temple is also regarded as one of the Gems of Patan Durbar Square. The main attractions are 21 gold pinnacles built on this 17th-century temple. The primary temples of Lord Krishna, Rukmani, and Radha are located on the first floor. Lord Shiva and Lord Lokeshwor have temples on the second floor.


Another destination after Krishna Temple is Mahaboudha, an ancient clay-brick Buddhist temple located on the east side of Patan Durbar Square. Visitors will have the opportunity to see hundreds of Buddha images etched on the bricks in this place. The temple is renowned for its exquisite terra-cotta creations.


The next destination inside Durbar Square is the five-storied pagoda-style temple built by King Jayasthiti Malla, dedicated to Lord Siva. This temple is known as Khumbeshwor. This beautiful region has a natural spring, a source of flowing water that is thought to originate from the renowned, revered glacial lake of Gosainkunda.

Rudra Varna Mahavihar:

Going along Khumbeshwor visitors now get to see the Rudra Varna Mahavihar. This Buddhist temple is home to an incredible collection of metal, stone, and wooden Buddhist statues and guru figures. According to legend, this monastery served as the site of ancient king coronations.

The Ashoka Stupas:

Patan is home to four Buddhist stupas built by Emperor Ashoka which is named the Ashoka stupas. These stupas mark four corners of Patan Durbar Square. The fourth stupa, which is located close to Shankamul, is a lovely concrete stupa while the other three are just prayer wheels surrounded by earthen mounds. Holiday Tours Nepal would not let these slip out of sight for our visitors.

Industrial State of Patan:

After visiting Durbar Square and other noteworthy sites, head to Patan Industrial State, from where pedestrians can watch artisans at work creating intricately carved furniture, statues made of stone, wood, and metal, as well as other fine handicrafts like carpets and pashmina.

Lunch Break around a nice restaurant in Patan / Lalitpur city.

If there is time, take a lunch break at or near Patan Durbar Square and, while enjoying your meal, foreigners can witness Nepalese daily life, which is very interesting.

Drive to Bungmati and Khokana with a tour of heritage towns and villages.

After enjoying the durbar areas, a short drive to the southern suburb of Lalitpur beyond Ring Road takes guests to rural farm towns at Bungmati and Khokana. These are ancient Newar settlements, the main tribe in the Kathmandu Valley, with a long history and a culture that has endured for many years.

The farming community of the Newar people, who were mostly dependent on agriculture, can be seen in this ancient town, which is a living museum that transports individuals to medieval times. Similarly, a tour of Khokana takes to a special village that serves as a good example of a medieval settlement plan with a drainage system and a Chowk, a social meeting spot.

End of tour and back at the hotel.

Drive back to the hotel to wrap off one of the best Patan Day Tours after spending a fun and educational day exploring Patan's and Lalitpur's magnificent locations.

    Cost Details
    What's Included
    • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local Tour Guide. Price includes his/her salary, food, drinks, transport, and insurance.
    • All transfer and sightseeing tours by private deluxe Car/Coach with Air conditioning (Entrance fees are extra).
    What's not Included
    • Tour Entrances fees of the monuments.
    • Nepal visa- USD 25 upon arrival, at the airport, bring 2 Passport size photos.
    • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Airfare and airport tax.
    • Cost of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, Tips, etc.
    • Cost not mentioned in the above list.
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