Patan Durbar Square, Nepal
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Patan (पाटन) is the second biggest city in the Kathmandu Valley after Kathmandu itself. It is also known as Lalitpur. Both the names Patan and Lalitpur actually came from the same source: the name Lalitapattan, in Sanskrit. Patan is said to be the oldest of the cities in the Kathmandu Valley having been founded as early as the third century BC during the Kirat dynasty.
Being once the capital of ancient kingdoms, Patan also have its own Durbar Square, just like Kathmandu, and it is today the center of attraction for visitors, since this is where all the elaborately ornate temples and palaces are concentrated.
Guide to Patan HotelsHere's a list of hotels in Patan that you can book online, with full description, star rating, address, location map, evaluation, and prices as offered by different booking sites.
World Heritage Site Inscription DetailsThe heritage sites in Patan was inscribed, along with those in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. Details below:
Location: N 27 42 14.22 E 85 18 30.888 covering a core zone of 188.95 hectares and a buffer zone of 239.34 hectares of the Kathmandu Valley
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, IV, VI
Budget Travel to PatanYou can get to Patan by taking the micro bus from the Ratnapark bus stop in Kathmandu. Alternatively take a taxi. If you can walk, it's a journey of 90 to 120 minutes from Kathmandu.
Budget Travel within PatanThe Durbar Square of Patan is where you want to be. Within the Durbar Square, the palace buildings are to the east while the temples are to the west, separated by a main road. They can all be explored on foot.
Photos of Patan
Shikhara in Patan's Durbar Square
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Places of Interest in Patan
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