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  • Address: Patan, Nepal
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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Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour, Kathmandu, null
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Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This private tour shows you the highlights of Nepal's bustling capital, Kathmandu. From the famous monkey temple to the Tibetan Quarter. Immerse yourself and ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Private Tour: Explore 3 Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Explore 3 Durbar Squares in Kathmandu

Culture, religion and traditions come alive with this 8-hour private tour of three of the most popular of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Kathmandu Durbar ...  Read more

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

From USD $120.00
Private Day Tour: Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour: Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu

Venture to the city of Patan on this 6-hour private day tour. Stroll through Patan Durbar, including the local Tibetan handicraft center. Observe the locals as ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Private Day Trips
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City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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
Temples and Stupas Tour in Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Temples and Stupas Tour in Kathmandu Valley

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This 6-hour tour around Kathmandu Valley will be as equally interesting as academic in understanding the everyday routine of the Nepalese people, molded by ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00

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