Patan, also referred to as Lalitpur, is one of the royal cities in Kathmandu valley. It is one of the largest cities in the country, along with Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Biratnagar. It is believed that the legendary king of India - Emperor Asoka visited Kathmandu with his daughter Charumatiin 250 B.C. and built five Asoka Stupas, one at the middle of the Patan and the other four in the surrounding.
Patanis known for its rich Buddhist history and heritage. This city is filled with diverse temples, monasteries and is also known for its fine architectural religious sites containing wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture. Hence this city is often known as a ‘city of festival and feast’.
What to See
The most important monument of Patanis Patan Durbar Square, which is UNESCO world heritage site. The Royal palace in Patan which is filled with intricate carvings, beautiful courtyards and exquisite icons enhance the beauty of the city. Such delicate craftwork exhibit the excellence of the artistic craftsmen making the whole city look like an open museum.
Patan is a main center of Buddhist as well as the Hindu culture. The largest festival of Nepal - Dashainwhich commemorates a victory by the gods over wicked demons, is celebrated in Patan’s Palace complex. The celebration lasts for 15 days and includes various events/activities like kite flying.Many other religious festivals like the Buddha Jayanti festivaltake place in Patan.
Best Time to visit
The best months to visit Patan are post monsoon i.e. from September to late November. From June to late August are the monsoons which can hinder movement and sightseeing.