Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour - 1 Day

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Overview

Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tour is a day tour package in which you are taken to two historical cities that are in the Kathmandu Valley. At these two cities, which began as centres of individual, you are shown the places, temple, art and craft and the literature, that has evolved through their existence. They have had a greater repercussion on the history of the region.

Kathmandu being a vast valley had a climate suited for human existence and fertile land for agriculture, so came into existence a civilization. In the passage of time, namely, three kingdoms came into existence namely; Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur along with their tiny surrounding town and villages that depended on them. As time on one, and with the unification initiated by the Unifier of Nepal, King Prithvi Narayan Shah, they ceased to exist as an individual kingdom but cities of influence, still retaining their legacy. In fact, they might seem an extension of Kathmandu, but there are their own districts and centre of cultural influence retain from the past. Thus bringing in their own forms art, literature, culture, architectural style of building of their historical artifacts.

The Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing Tours begins with a drive from your place of lodging early in the day and taken to the city of Patan which is in the Lalitpur district of the Kathmandu Vallley, just across the Bagmati River. Not much history is there to the period before the Malla dynasty reign. But what little archaeological finds there, suggest that the city thought smaller existed as cross roads for Indo China trade. So in it is a fact the ancient city came into its present form in the 1600s. The Malla Kings with the local Newar artisans brought into form magnificent structure worthy of note. The best among them are:

  • Krishna Mandir (temple) which is a prominent fixture in Patan Durbar square, which throngs with faithful especially during the festival of Krishna Ashtami (the birthday of Lord Krishna, the cupid god). It was built in 1667 by King Siddhi Narasingha Mall after he had a vision of God and his consort in front of his palace. It features a three-tier building in the Shikara style where the top two floor are dedicated to crafts and artistic work of two epics, Mahabharath and Ramayan, the ground floor to Lord Krishna.
  • Bhimsen Temple in honour of a figure in the Mahabharath epic known for his bravery and courage. Built by Srinivasa in 1668. In the Newar Community, he is worshipped for his business skills.
  • Vishwanath Temple built, especially to God Shiva. The support structure and roof have designed similar to temples found in India.
  • Taleju Bhawani Temple was a temple built in 1640 for the family deities of the Mala Kings.
  • Patan Durbar Square has a layout of three namely part to it; Mul Chowk, Keshar Narayan Chowk and Sundari Chowk. Keshar Narayan Chowk is now inside the Patan Museum and gets its name from Keshar Narayan Temple. Mul Chowk is the central part of the Durbar square. To the north is Sundari Chowk has designed so with a sunken tank known as Tusha Hiti. And there are many more landmarks of wonder.

On the completion of touring Patan Durbar Square, we have lunch at one of the restaurants face it. On completion of lunch, we take a drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square on the Southeast side of it for an hour. This Square mainly consists of four part; Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square. Collectively, these are known as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The major attraction of this place are:

  • Nge Nyapa Jhya Laaykoo (55 window palace) is a palace having 55 windows in it with the beautiful carving of intricate kinds. It was built by the Malla king, Bhupendra Malla but was not completed till after his death in 1774 AD.
  • Vatsala Temple is a stone-built temple in honour of Vatsala Devi that is adorned with beautiful carvings, but it is best known for a large silver bell, known by the barking dog’s bell, as when the bell was rung, the dogs in the vicinity began to bark madly. It was hung by King Ranjit Malla to let folks know that it was time to cease work and get indoors.
  • The Statue of Bhupatindra Malla is a large statue in the centre of the square of King Bhupatindra Malla.
  • Nyatapola Temple is a five-story temple built in the highest pagoda style in Nepal. Each layer is said to depict the five natural elements with magnificent style.
  • Bhairava Nath Temple is a temple built for Bhairavanath, the fiercest form of Lord Shiva’s avatar.
  • Lun Dhwākhā (Golden Gate) is a gate having the figure of Goddess Kali to the entrance of the square of the 55 window palace. It has such decorative craving and is said to be the best in the world.
  • Then there are the Lion Gate and Mini Pushupati with their own kind of artistic work on them

On completion of seeing and being tour of the two cities of Patan and Bhaktapur, we return to Kathmandu by private vehicle and dropped off at our place of lodging.

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

Itinerary

Day 1
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.

Cost

What is Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off.
  • Guided city tour at 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Patan & Bhaktapur) with private guide.
  • All transfers & city tours by a private vehicle.
  • Professional government licensed tour guide.
  • Mineral water during the tour.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold beverages/drinks etc.
  • Tips & Gratuities
What is Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing?

Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing is the cultural sightseeing around these two ancient cities located inside the Kathmandu Valley and closer to Kathmandu City. Both cities have many age-old palaces, courtyards, temples, shrines, Buddhist stupas and monasteries.

Where is Patan located?

Patan is located closer to Kathmandu City only separated by the holy Bagmati River. In Sanskrit, the city is called ‘Lalitpur’ meaning ‘city of beauty’. The city has a great collection of ancient temples, palaces and shrines. Patan Durbar Square with beautiful courtyards and king’s palaces, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in Patan.

Where is Bhaktapur located?

Bhaktapur is located in the east of the Kathmandu Valley and about 12 kilometers away from Kathmandu City. The specialty of Bhaktapur is that it is still untouched by modernity and you can find age-old houses, streets, alleys and of course the temples, shrines and palaces. Bhaktapur also has the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Bhaktapur Durbar Square’ where king’s palaces, many temples like 5- storeyed Nyathapole temple, Golden gate, porter square etc. are located.

Where will I go on sightseeing in Patan?

Sightseeing in Patan will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Patan Durbar Square’. The square has many temples like ‘Krishna temple’ among others, ancient king’s palace, beautiful courtyard like ‘Sundari Chowk’, a museum showcasing ancient Nepal’s culture and traditions.

What are the sites visited on Bhaktapur sightseeing tour?

Bhaktapur sightseeing tour is to explore around the Bhaktapur Durbar Square where many temples and shrines are located including the age-old king’s palace – the palace of 55 windows, museum, Golden Gate. Closer to the square is 5- storeyed Nyathapole temple and as you walk along the old alleys and streets, you will reach pottery square where one can watch pots and other items being traditionally made out of the mud.

What kind of vehicle is provided on Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing?

A comfortable private vehicle with air-conditioned will be provided with a good and experienced driver on Patan and Bhaktapur Sightseeing.

Is the city guide included on Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu?

Yes, city guide is included on Patan and Bhaktapur from Kathmandu who is trained, friendly and experienced city guides who have a good knowledge of cultural, historical and religious aspects of Nepal, and shall assist you throughout the tour.

How much is Patan durbar square entrance fee?

Patan durbar square entrance fee can be paid directly at the sites in Nepali rupees as well. The total comes to Rs. 1000 per person or US$10 per person.

How much is Bhaktapur entrance fees?

Bhaktapur entrance fees is US$15 per person or equivalent to Nepali rupees Rs. 1500. Entry into the national art museum inside the palace is Rs. 150 per person. If you taking camera inside the museum the it costs Rs. 100 for camera and Rs. 200 for video camera.

Where will I have my lunch?

You will have your lunch during the sightseeing tour at around mid-day of the tour. Usually, it will at Bhaktapur where there are some good restaurants.

Is Patan and Bhaktapur Day Tour worth it?

Yes, Patan and Bhaktapur Day Tour is definitely worth it. You will get to witness Nepal’s unique culture and traditions, see the ancient art and architecture visiting many Hindu temples and shrines, ago-old king’s palaces, Buddhist stupas and monasteries.

How much is Patan and Bhaktapur tour cost?

Patan and Bhaktapur tour cost depends upon the group size and you need to consult with your travel agent for the price.

Trip Info

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.

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Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 01 Day(s)
  • All year round
  • Private vehicle
  • Easy
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Your hotel in Kathmandu
  • Your hotel in Kathmandu
  • Cultural Sightseeing, UNESCO World Heritage sites visits
  • Cultural Sightseeing tour
  • Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyathpole temple, Pottery square, Golden gate

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