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Patan (Lalitpur)
Patan, also called Lalitpur, was once a separate kingdom from Kathmandu, with its own kings, culture, and traditions. Now, it is essentially the southern part of Kathmandu city. With its strong Newari culture, exquisite temples, and vibrant handicrafts traditions, it’s a favorite day trip destination for travelers to Kathmandu.
 
The Basics
Lalitpur district spreads far into the hills south of the Kathmandu Valley, but the area of most interest to travelers is around Patan Durbar Square. This area dates from the 12th to the 17th centuries, and is one of the Kathmandu Valley’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Attractions here include the informative Patan Museum, housed in the palace building, as well as several stone and brick temples and a large water tank. However, Patan is not just a tourist attraction; it’s home to local Newari people who have their own language and culture.
 
Visitors to Kathmandu often stay in the central city (in or around Thamel) and visit Patan on a day trip to see the highlights, but there are some nice accommodations in Patan, and it’s less crowded here. Visitors can book a guided tour to learn about Patan’s history, or explore independently.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Non-Nepali visitors must buy a ticket to enter Patan Durbar Square; there’s no gate, but guards will approach travelers to check that tickets have been purchased.
  • The narrow lanes around the Durbar Square offer other cultural treasures, such as the Mahabouddha Temple, the Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), Baglamukhi Temple, and Patan Gate.
  • The Patan Museum offers a wealth of information about the Kathmandu Valley’s architecture and religion, and should be an early stop after arriving in the city.
 
How to Get There
Patan is only 4.5 miles (7.7 kilometers) south of central Kathmandu, but traffic can make it a slow journey. It’s easiest to take a taxi, but the one-way road system around Patan Durbar Square means your driver may want to drop you a short distance away. White Lalitpur Yatayat buses travel from Kantipath/Jamal to the Lalitpur bus stand at Patan Dhoka, which is an easy 10-minute walk from Patan Durbar Square.
 
When to Get There
Early morning is a special time to visit Patan, as worshippers flock to the temples. Saturday is the Nepali day of rest, and while the square is open, many surrounding shops aren’t. Patan can get very busy during Newari and other Hindu and Buddhist festivals, such as Rato Machhendranath in May; this is a lively and interesting time to visit, but can get crowded.
 
Visit Kirtipur
South of central Kathmandu and west of Patan/Lalitpur is Kirtipur, another old Newari town that was once an independent kingdom. It’s thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s full of hallmarks of Newari culture, including multitiered pagodas, and has sweeping views of Kathmandu and the mountains to the north.
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City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

City tour of Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square

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See some of the finest ancient royal palaces of the Kathmandu Valley on this small-group day trip to Bhaktapur, a medieval capital of the Newar kingdom. Marvel at the temples and royal palace of the UNESCO-listed Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Then pass through Dattatreya Square and Nyatpole Temple Square en route to Patan Durbar Square, another World Heritage site located in the city of Lalitpur. Visit the Patan Museum for a look at Newari art with your informative guide before departing the ‘city of fine arts’ for Kathmandu.
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  • 8 hours
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Seven World Heritage Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Seven World Heritage Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

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Kathmandu’s top sights are spread throughout the sprawling capital, meaning most visitors end up missing key attractions. On this action-packed day tour, you’ll cover all of the region’s UNESCO-listed highlights. Travel in a comfortable private car between locations in the city, with a private guide on-hand to supply information and background. You’ll also enjoy lunch in stunning Bhaktapur and venture to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
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  • 12 hours
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$175.00
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$175.00
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Sightseeing Day Tour of Kathmandu's Four UNESCO Heritage Sites

Sightseeing Day Tour of Kathmandu's Four UNESCO Heritage Sites

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Kathmandu Valley on this private tour. You'll enjoy dedicated attention from your guide and the ability to move at your own pace through the area's top attractions. Stops include UNESCO-listed sites such as Pashupati, Bouddha, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, and others.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu

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Explore the exquisite and beautiful landmark places of ancient Kathmandu that made it such a monumental and ancient city and was once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$113.34
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$113.34
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Small-Group Day Tour of Kathmandu

Small-Group Day Tour of Kathmandu

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There’s no need to haggle with rickshaw drivers or push taxi drivers to use the meter on this comprehensive day tour of Kathmandu’s top four attractions, the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Exploring with a guide in a small group, discover Nepal’s vibrant religious culture as you tour Pashupatinath Hindu temple, Swayambhunath Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and the regal buildings of Durbar Square.
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  • 1 hour
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$80.00
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$80.00

Temples and Stupas Tour in Kathmandu Valley

Temples and Stupas Tour in Kathmandu Valley

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Spare yourself the hassle of haggling with cab drivers on this time-saving small-group tour. Experience three of Kathmandu’s signature sights: the royal palaces and temples of Durbar Square, the Hindu structures and cremation places at Pashupatinath Temple, and the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. The day includes transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 7 hours
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$34.00
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$34.00
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One day entire Kathmandu biking Tour

One day entire Kathmandu biking Tour

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Experience the best of what Kathmandu has to offer while travelling in the comfort of your own classic motorcycle. Our guide will offer you an n depth knowledge and let you know of many secrets that this city has to offer.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$300.00
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Private Full Day tour of 3 Durbar Squares in Kathmandu

Private Full Day tour of 3 Durbar Squares in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is well-known for 3 Durbar Squares which are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square & Patan Durbar Square. We can call these 3 Durbar Squares of Kathmandu as the pride of our Nation as all three of them are enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a cultural day tour where visitors will be able to explore the Durbar Squares along with its ancient history, culture & tradition.
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  • 6 hours
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Incredible 5 World Heritage Sites One Day City Tour in Kathmandu

Incredible 5 World Heritage Sites One Day City Tour in Kathmandu

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Nepal, there are five awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Dating back over 2000 years, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites rank as some of the finest in architecture and spirituality in all of Nepal. We know you want to see them, but what can you do when you are strapped for time? Himalayan Advisor is the first company in Nepal to develop a one day tour of all five of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites City tour in Kathmandu, 5 Incredible World Heritage Sites tour in Kathmandu. The day runs from 9 am to 3 pm. Travel by private car for the fastest time between sites. This trip includes not only those places in and around Kathmandu. It is around 7 to 8 hr hours a full day city tour of five different incredible places, architecture, and deep spirituality as you explore Buddhist and Hindu heritage sites.       
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  • 8 hours
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$125.00
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Nagarkot Sunrise, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square Tour in Kathmandu

Nagarkot Sunrise, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square Tour in Kathmandu

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See the sun rising over the Himalayan mountain range during this private early morning tour to stunning, panoramic Nagarkot. Tours are specially scheduled depending on sunrise times, giving you the best chance of catching a stellar view. A tasty breakfast in a reputable Nagarkot hotel is included, plus round-trip, door-to-door transfers from your Kathmandu hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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$165.00
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$165.00
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Patan Tour - Half Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Patan Tour - Half Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

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The ancient kingdom of Patan includes some of the finest temples, palaces, and traditional Nepali architecture in the Kathmandu Valley. Learn about the distinct culture and history of this area, which is now part of Kathmandu city, on this easy half-day tour. Visit highlights like the Patan Museum, the Durbar Square, and the Golden Temple.
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  • 4 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square Half Day Tour in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square Half Day Tour in Kathmandu

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Discover ancient sites around Kathmandu on a tour with your own private guide and driver. Learn about Nepal's history and Hindu and Buddhist religions as you visit Swayambhunath Temple and Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was damaged during the earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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Private Full-Day Tour of Three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley

Private Full-Day Tour of Three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley

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Explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites near Kathamndu on a private full-day tour with your own personal guide. Learn about Nepal's culture, religions, and architecure as you visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Take in stunning temples, palaces, and carvings in wood and stone that were crafted by Newar artisans several centuries ago, and hear how the 2015 earthquake affected the region. Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Kathmandu Valley.
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  • 8 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

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See the temples of Kathmandu on a private tour of Nepal's bustling capital. Immerse in the rich architecture of Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath stupa (aka Monkey Temple), both UNESCO World Heritage sites. View the old royal palace and hear about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your personal guide. Visit highlights such as Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Lunch and round-trip transport by private vehicle are included.
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  • 6 hours
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$90.00
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$90.00
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