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Patan and Bhaktapur Day Tour

Patan and Bhaktapur city day tour takes you to the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur to unleash the hidden treasures of the cities. Patan and Bhaktapur city day tour is specially designed for travelers who have the limited time in Nepal but still want to explore the natural, cultural and traditional monuments of the cities. Patan (also known as Lalitpur) is the second largest city in Kathmandu valley and shares it border with Kathmandu and Bhaktapur district. Lalitpur has a long Buddhist history and all four corners of the city are marked by the Stupas, believed to have built by the Buddhist emperor Ashoka during 250 BC. Patan durbar square of the central attraction for tourists visiting this traditional and religious city of Lalitpur. The Patan durbar square stands as a symbolic monument of old Newari tradition and culture. It depicts the unique blend of Newari architecture and craftsmanship. The Patan durbar square is filled with numerous temples, shrines and statues and stone sculptures. The palace or durbar situated in the square once used to the official resident of the Malla Kings. The Krishna Mandir (Temple) is center of attraction and the most important religious center. The stone carvings, 21 golden pinnacles and carved pillars are amazing part of this temple. Patan durbar square is an ideal place to visit and discover traditional Newari architecture, culture and tradition while unveiling its exotic hidden beauty.  Likewise Bhaktapur is an old city where you get to behold the traces of ancient civilization, traditional and cultural monuments and many religious attractions. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the central attraction of Bhaktapur. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square has a lot to offer to its visitors. The Erotic Elephant temple just before the entrance way to the square is something that attracts you at a glimpse. You can also see the erotic carvings on the struts of Shiva-Parvati temple. The Krishna temple, Kedarnath Temple, Hanuman Temple, Vatsala Devi Temple etc. are yet another attraction of this place. The Nyatapola temple is a religious center of numerous Newari community settled in Bhaktapur.  The five stored Nyatapola is one the highest temple of Nepal. The King’s palace, art gallery and museum are other worthy places to visit. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square holds many traditional festivals and rituals throughout the year. Patan and Bhaktapur are one of the most visit sites around Kathmandu valley.

Breakfree Adventures one day sightseeing tour to Patan and Bhaktapur commences with a drive to Bhaktapur. We will spend few hours exploring the monuments of Bhaktapur and later drive to Patan. The ancient city of Patan has also got a lot to offer to its visitors. Our trained guides would be more than happy to assist you in the best possible way to make your tour a memorable one. We terminate our city tour by driving back to Kathmandu. 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Visit Hindu and Buddhist monuments
  • Visit numerous idols, sculptures, statues, temples and stupas
  • Discover traditional culture of local Newari people and other ethnic groups

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Drive to Bhaktapur & then to Patan

What is Included

  • Patan & Bhaktapur city tours inclusive of private vehicle
  • Monuments entrance permit and fees
  • Mineral water during the sightseeing
  • Professional tour guide
  • Government tax.

What is Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks etc.
  • Tips & Gratuities

Day 01 : Drive to Bhaktapur & then to Patan

Drive to Bhaktapur & explore around the old city. Later on, drive to Patan & visit several temples, shrines, monasteries then transfer back to your hotel.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Patan & Bhaktapur Sightseeing Day Tour privately with your personal guide so that you don’t have to confront with other people who might have different interests or attitudes. To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit our groups with 10 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group and we will arrange several guides for you depending on group size.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group of 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is about 6-7 hours. It can be shortened upon your request. The starting time of the tour is up to you and may vary from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Clothing
Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

Meals
There will be one hour lunch break (excluded) during city sightseeing tour at one of the restaurants serving oriental and continental dishes.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Patan City
Patan is an old Newar city where the historic Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha are located. The old city has narrow streets, curios shop and Bazaars.

Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patans religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. Krishna Mandir Temple built during 17th-century is dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone is inside the durbar square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What should I wear?
Light, loose garments are recommended in spring (March, April and May) and summer (june, July, August), while woolens and jackets or similar warm clothing’s are required from November to February.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What health precautions need to be taken?
Make sure to use only boiled or bottled water and avoid raw vegetables and fruits as far as possible until you get assured.

What is the time difference in Nepal?
Nepal time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 01 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing, UNESCO World Heritage sites visits

Best Season: Throughout the year

Transportation: Private vehicles

Trip Type: Cultural Sightseeing tour

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

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