Patan is a city of Nepal where tourists can find many things to see. Located in Kathmandu Valley, this ancient city has rich culture and heritage. There are Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments to see along with other historical attractions. Some major attractions in Patan are as follows.
Patan Museum is situated in residential court in renowned Patan Darbar. This museum has a huge collection and treasure of objects and materials belonging to Buddhism and Hinduism. This museum was constructed in 1734 but unfortunately it underwent damages and thus experienced several renovations. Interiors of museum were also changed during restoration process and modern facilities were added as well. It was again opened for visitors in 1997.
The Central Zoo
This zoo attracts visitors due to having diversified variety of animals and birds. Here you can find more than 106 species of birds and 665 species of different animals. Zoo is also featured with a pond which was constructed in 17th century. You can enjoy boating here. Zoo also offers many interesting rides including that of elephant ride.
Patan Durbar Square
Durbar Square is a famous attraction in Patan and full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines. There are three courtyards or “Chowks” in this square named:
- Mul Chowk
- Sundari Chowk
- Keshav Narayan Chowk
The most prominent temple in Durbar Square is Krishna Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is a three storey building that has been made in Shikhara style. It also displays scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. First floor of temple is featured with a statue of Lord Krishna. Golden temple is another temple near this square. It was built in 12th century and is quite popular among Buddhist. The building has three roofs having copper golden facades. You will also see two lions at the entrance of temple.
This temple is the most significant temple in Patan which is well known for its clay brick structure. Located at a short distance from Durbar square, this temple is featured with thousands of images of Lord Buddha. These images have been engraved in structure of temple. You will also find a terracotta structure here belonging to 14th century which is a masterpiece of Nepalese architecture.
These are some major places of interest in Patan. You must visit these places during your visit to Patan.