1 DayKathmandu to Kathmandu Grade:
Trip Mode: Hotels - Resorts & Lodge
Activities: visiting world heritage sites of old Malla period
Seasons: All season except June & August the wet months
“an interesting and exclusive tour around city of arts and ancient culture,
listed as world heritage sites it famous and ancient temples and monuments,
a sub-metropolitan city yet retaining old Malla periods glory with its fascinating
royal courtyard and temples”
A day tour of famous and popular Patan officially named as Lalitpur meaning the city of arts and cultures, just a mere distance south of Kathmandu separated by Bagmati bridge an interesting short drive and tour of its ancient art and culture.
Within Kathmandu valley 3 main cities are based the 2nd important is Patan, popularly called Lalitpur ‘city of arts’ where all handicrafts from gold, silver, wood and stone work are made since ancient times.
The ancient name of Patan is Lalitpur, meaning city of beauty, certainly a city of beauty and grace, earlier planned on a circular layout with Buddhist stupas on each corner of the city built by Emperor Ashoka when he visited Nepal during Kirat era about 2,500 years back.
The city is 3 km south-east of Kathmandu, a photogenic area of attraction with old Durbar Square area, right in the heart of Mangal bazaar market place, this city full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities also and wonderful carvings.
Famous for its craftsmen and metal workers, well known as the city of artists, this city believed to have been built during the time of Vira Deva way back in 299 A.D. Some of Patans more important monuments are as follows:
Patan / Lalitpur an amazing city, over the past two decades the city has grown into a metropolitan with wide range of road networks, chaotic traffic (during rush hour) tall buildings and many modern houses and shopping malls, hospitals with hundreds of private schools / collages as well institutes.
Although a semi modern city but still retains its past glory of heritage culture, monuments and arts with many religious festivals both Hindu and Buddhists, like Kathmandu, Patan where Hindu and Buddhism blend in perfect harmony.
Patan famous for temples, monasteries, Stupas and durbar square (royal courtyard) still exists after a period of early 6-7th Century, however the recent earthquake of 25th April 2015 damaged few of the old building but now back into its former shape and style.
Day 01:Dive to Patan and tour of interesting sites.
Day 01Dive to Patan and tour of interesting sites.Morning our guide will lead you on a tour to famous and popular cultural and heritage sites of Patan and also called as Lalitpur. A short drive of 20 mins reaches you at the main hub of Patan city after crossing the Bagamti bridge where the two cities Kathmandu and Patanseprates. An interesting tour of famous old Malla King’s palace courtyard and the fascinating Krishna Temple built with solid stone work and the brilliant Garuda pillar facing the Krishna temple after visiting Durbar Square,Krishna Temple MahaboudhaBuddhist temple of Mahaboudha, The Ashoka Stupas the Indian Emperor Ashoka visited Nepal in 250 B.C and constructed four ancient stupas around four corners of Patan, and then observing handicrafts hand made from metal, wood to stone art work includes carpet, pashmina shawl are woven here. From here drive leads on the outskirt of Patan area behind the Ring Road heading towards cultural heritage and old medieval period farm villages of Khokana and Bungmati where it is untouched by present modernization retaining its past glory to this day,Khokana a traditional and small Newari village about eight kilometers south of Kathmandu (on the outskirts of Patan), which has its own history and has retained its tradition and culture. It is a living museum and recalls medieval times. The farming community of Newars who live here are mostly dependent on agriculture and much of their daily activities take place outside of their dwellings. Observe the women spinning, men crushing seeds, and other with daily activities. The village is famous for its unusual mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds in order to extract the oil. It is believed that a share system was used in the past here. This oil can be consumed if desired, but it can also be used for therapeutic massage. This was also the first village, indeed the first habitation, to be electrified, before Kathmandu. From here a short drive to adjoining Bungmati village of similar culture and heritage.The ancient village came into existence as early in the 7th century. After a wonderful and captivating moment of great interest our tour ends here for the day with a short drive back to hotel.