Located just across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu sits Patan, one of Nepal’s largest cities, and with a rich tradition of local art and handicrafts, it’s a must-see for shoppers. Like Kathmandu, Patan has its own Durbar Square, a central plaza surrounded by an array of temples and palace buildings. While you’re wandering the square, don’t miss the excellent collection at the museum housed within one of the ancient palace buildings, as well as the stone temple dedicated to the god Krishna that dates back to 1647.

While the dozens of other temples scattered throughout Patan are well worth visiting, the main draw here is the shopping. Many notable local artists hail from Patan, and the city’s shops are known for their metal and carved wood handicrafts in particular. You can also buy traditional Tibetan paintings, called Thanka and books from a couple shops that carry an English language selection.

If you find yourself turned off by the chaos and crowds of Thamel in nearby Kathmandu, consider basing yourself in Patan instead. You’ll find a handful of budget to mid-range lodging options as well as dozens of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Please note that Patan suffered significant damages in the earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal in late April and early May 2015. Authorities have said they will do all they can to restore historic and cultural sites in Nepal and are assessing the extent of damages.

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4-Day Sightseeing Tour from Kathmandu with Trips to Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot

Enjoy this multi-day tour beginning in the capital city of Kathmandu. After exploring the ancient Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath and ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $375.00

Full Day Kathmandu City Tour

Kathmandu Heritages day tour mainly proposed to cater the need of those visitors who are in Kathmandu for short time or for those who have spare day after ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00

4-Night Nature Tour from Kathmandu

Naturally Nepal vacation is a combination of historical, cultural and natural sites of Nepal where you will hike to remote village of Nepal where one can ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,275.00

City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

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Love royal palaces? How about exotic temples? Then this is the perfect day excursion to see some of the finest of the ancient royal palaces of the ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

3-Day Kathmandu Valley at Glance including Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swoyambhunath Stupa

This Kathmandu Valley at Glance Tour is designed covering major highlights of Kathmandu with 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $240.00

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