The City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squareis a short 1 day trip take gives you a detailed view of the architectural prowess of the ancient Newars of Kathmandu Valley. This is a guided tour in which you get to explore the arts and culture of Nepal.
We first head we head to Patan for Patan’s own Durbar Square which falls under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is one of the finest Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley. There you will see the Durbar Square, Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other places.
Next, we head to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. There you will visit theBhaktapur Durbar Square whichalso falls under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There you will see 55 Window Palace, Nyatapol Temple, Vatsala Temple, Statue of BhupatindraMalla, Pottery Square and many more.
You will be picked up by our guide from the hotel in Thamel and drive to Patan Durbar Square.
Stop At: Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square is sprawling with Hindu and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and brilliant carvings. This site is also listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The square houses three main courtyards namely Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Each courtyard has something special to offer, for instance, the Sundari Chowk has the Royal bath called Tushahity which is a masterpiece of stone architecture.
Stop At: Patan Museum
The square used to be a royal palace complex, thus it has significant history. It is home to the Patan Museum which showcases numerous ancient bronze statues and religious objects.
Stop At: Golden Window
The Golden Window located right above the Golden Door ofChaukot Durbar, a building on the western side of the Royal Palace complex, is another major attraction. The golden window is crafted with images and displaysof Hindu divinities. The window was constructed by different kings of the late Malla period. The window is an example of Buddhist and Hindu elements blended beautifully together.
Stop At: KrisnhnaTemple
Krishna Mandir or Krishna Temple is a3-tiered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was built in 1637 and features intricate stone carvings. It is a major tourist attraction in the square. It has 21 shrines all made of stone. Significant scenes from the ancient Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have been engraved on the temple.
Stop At: Mahabouddha Temple
Another marvel to witness when in Patan is the Mahabouddha temple. It is dedicated to Lord Buddha and is built in the Hindu Shikara style with five golden pinnacles. The pinnacles are in stupa shape and symbolize five basic elements of nature.
Stop At: Hiranyavarna Mahavihar or Golden Temple
HiraṇyavarṇaMahavihar, which literally means "Gold-colored Great Monastery" is a historical vihar which was built in 12th century. This beautiful monument is known for its beautiful gold works. It is one of the oldest and the most incredible temples in Patan and all of Nepal.
After Patan, You will drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square which takes about 1 hour drive.
Stop at Bhaktapur Durbar Square
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once home to the Royals who ruled over the ancient city.The complex consists of four different squares – Taumadhi Square, Durbar Square, Pottery Square and Dattatreya Square. Many of the temples and palaces were built is a span of several centuries. Rulers from the three medieval city-states of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur all tried to one-up each other by building the finest of the finest temples and monuments. This is showcased in the beautiful marvels of the square. It is a huge display of traditional Newari architecture.
Stop At: Nyatapola Temple
Nyatapola Temple is a famous pagoda-style five storeyedtemple, thus, it is also known as one of the tallest pagodas in Nepal.
Stop At: 55 Windows Palace
One of the many attractions of Patan, 55 Windowed Palace is a stunning structure located in Durbar Squre. It derives its name from its beautifully carved fifty-five windows. This palace is constructed around several courtyards each linked together. One of the major attractions of the palace is its entrance gate akaThe Golden Gate.
Stop At: The Lion Gate
Located inside the Durbar Square is the 17th century gate called the Lion Gate.The gate has two large lion statues placed on either side. It also consists of stone sculptures of Lord Bhairav andGoddess Ugrachandi.
Stop At: Dattatreya Temple
The Dattatreya temple is located inDattatreya Square in Bhaktapur. According to legend, the temple was built using timber from a single tree in1427. The temple is dedicated to the dietyDattatreya, the temple is home to three idols of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
Stop At: Siddha Pokhari
Siddha Pokhari is a man-made pond situated close to main city gate into Bhaktapur. It is a nice spot for people to relax and hang out.It was constructed by King YakshyaMalla in the early fifteenth century.
After Bhaktapur, you will be drive back to your hotel.