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PATAN

Lalitpur Metropolitan City (Patan):The third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara and it is located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley which is a new metropolitan city of Nepal. Lalitpur is also known as Manigal. is a one of the largest cities in and is  located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. Confusingly, it is also known as Lalitpur, both names deriving from the Sanskrit "Lalitapattan". Like its larger neighbor, Patan also boasts a Durbar Square full of temples, statues, and palaces and, in addition, has the must-see attraction of Patan Museum. As a traditional center of handicrafts, Patan is a great place to purchase jewelry, Buddha statues and masks.

  • The Palace was built on the site of a fort that stood until 1734 and served as the residence of the Malla rulers of the then Patan state. It is divided up into a succession of courtyards (or “chowks”). Unfortunately only the last of these on the right (which houses the museum) is open on a regular basis, due to problems with theft of artifacts. Try peering through cracks in the doors to see what you are missing! The first palace building is Sundari Chowk which was constructed in 1647. The three-storey temple on the palace side is the Degutale temple, constructed in 1661 after an earlier one burned down. Mul Chowk was the central part of the old palace and in recent times has suffered much theft of ornamental woodwork.
  • The Museum is in Keshab Narayan Chowk. (Admission to the courtyard is free; entrance fee for the museum is R400R400. Hours 10.30 to 17.30). An excellent and well-presented little museum with descriptions of various artistic techniques.

There is a confusing array of temples and other interesting items on the left-hand side of the square. Again, walking from the south end of the square, you pass:

  1. Octagonal stone Krishna temple, constructed in 1647.
  2. A huge bell that dates back to 1737 and is still rung once a year.
  3. The Shankar Narayan temple, with kneeling stone elephants in front.
  4. The temple with a statue of Yognarendra on a pillar in front.
  5. Two smaller temples dedicated to Vishnu, dating back to 1590 and 1652.
  6. The oldest temple in the complex, dating back to 1566.
  7. A stone temple to Krishna, considered to be a masterpiece, with some amazing stonework. Note the Garuda on the pillar in front, which has eyes of crystal.
  8. The Vishwanath temple, with two stone elephants and riders in front.
  9. The Bhimsen temple, constructed in 1680 but with more recent marble additions.
  • The Palace was built on the site of a fort that stood until 1734 and served as the residence of the Malla rulers of the then Patan state. It is divided up into a succession of courtyards (or “chowks”). Unfortunately only the last of these on the right (which houses the museum) is open on a regular basis, due to problems with theft of artifacts. Try peering through cracks in the doors to see what you are missing! The first palace building is Sundari Chowk which was constructed in 1647. The three-storey temple on the palace side is the Degutale temple, constructed in 1661 after an earlier one burned down. Mul Chowk was the central part of the old palace and in recent times has suffered much theft of ornamental woodwork.
  • The Museum is in Keshab Narayan Chowk. (Admission to the courtyard is free; entrance fee for the museum is R400R400. Hours 10.30 to 17.30). An excellent and well-presented little museum with descriptions of various artistic techniques.

There is a confusing array of temples and other interesting items on the left-hand side of the square. Again, walking from the south end of the square, you pass:

  1. Octagonal stone Krishna temple, constructed in 1647.
  2. A huge bell that dates back to 1737 and is still rung once a year.
  3. The Shankar Narayan temple, with kneeling stone elephants in front.
  4. The temple with a statue of Yognarendra on a pillar in front.
  5. Two smaller temples dedicated to Vishnu, dating back to 1590 and 1652.
  6. The oldest temple in the complex, dating back to 1566.
  7. A stone temple to Krishna, considered to be a masterpiece, with some amazing stonework. Note the Garuda on the pillar in front, which has eyes of crystal.
  8. The Vishwanath temple, with two stone elephants and riders in front.
  9. The Bhimsen temple, constructed in 1680 but with more recent marble additions.
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