The city lies about 5 km from the Kathmandu. It is a city of Budhist monuments, Hindu temples and fine wood carvings. Lalitpur is the another name of this city which 'means the city of beauty'. The city is known as the paradise of fine arts.
Places to see in Patan
Patan Durar Square:
This durar square located in Patan is a Patan Durar has many famous sites and unique architectures. Krishna Mandi, Bhimsen temple, Hiranya Varna Mahahihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of&nsp; paintings, wood and metal carvings. The Sundari Chowk contains exquisite samples of woodcarvings, stone and metal sculpture. Patan Duar Square and the Himalaya&nsp; that can e seen at a distance make an enchanting scene. A half-day sightseeing tour of the Patan city is highly recommended.
Offers an opportunity to view remainings of the ancient palace of Malla Kings, and some of the most eautiful wood and stone carving works in the world. Museum covers a long history and living traditions of Nepal and is a-must-see for tourists to learn more aout Nepali craftsmanship and their traditions.
A king dreams of God Krishna and Goddess Radhan standing in front of a temple. Next day, turning dreams into a reality, a finest stone wrought monument is orn! The Krishna temple located on the west side of the Patan Durar Square, was uilt in 1637 y the King Siddhi Narsingha Malla. The temple holds a great position in the Patan palace, it is also the only temple in Nepal which as 21 shrines and is completely made of stone, and fine carvings. The temple has three floors, Krishna, Shiva, Lokeshwor are enshrined in first, second and third floor respectively. During the Krishnastami, the lord Krishna's irthday, the temple is the destination of thousands of worshippers from around the country. The temple is eautifully lighted y thousands of oil lamps during the festival.
The temple is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. The temple was uilt y Pandit Ahaya Raj, a Buddhist architect, and more interesting thing aout the temple is that every single rick has Buddha engraved in it. There are nearly one thousand ricks of Buddha in the temple!
Hiranya Varna Mahavihar:
This three storey gloden pagoda is located aout 650 feet from the Patan Durar Suare. It has the images of Lord Buddha and large prayer wheels. The pagoda is also knwon as Kwa Bahal or Suwarna Mahavihar or Golden temple.
A good five storeyed temple in the valley portraying fine arts. An annual festival is held here once every year.
Jagat Narayan Temple:
A temple of Lord Vishnu, made of red ricks. It has fine images of stone and an artistic metal statue of Garuda on a stone pillar.
Rudra Varna Mahavihar:
A Buddhist monastery containing a collection of images and statues in stone, wood and metal and also the treasures offered y king's devotees. In ancient times, Nepal's kings were crowned in this monastery.
Stupas known to have een uilt in 250 BC y the Ashoka Emeror are located in Pulchowk, Lagankehl, Eahil and in Teat all of which act as an evidence to this city's ancient religious importance.
Also known as Avalokiteshowr and Adinath Lokeshwor, is a pagoda that is housed here in Patan for every six months each year and plays an important role in keeping the ancient traditions alive.
Situated at the foothils of Phulchoki, this place is surrounded y gardens and flowers. It is an ideal place for picnic and hangouts for people of Kathmandu Valley
10 KM away from Patan, this 2759 mters high spot is good for hiking. The Guranse flower (Ghododendrons) of white to dark red can e seen here.
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