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Patan Durbar Square

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One of the most enchanting collections of religious monuments in Nepal is a beautiful square filled with palaces, temples, shrines and sculptures.

Patan Durbar Square is a wondrous display of Newari architecture and one of Nepal’s most visually impressive public spaces. Visit ancient temples, spot magnificent artwork, watch pilgrims lay offerings at shrines and be part of colorful festivals. 

Patan Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is set in the heart of the ancient city of Lalitpur. It is of great religious importance to both Buddhists and Hindus.

Spend some time visiting the beautiful temple buildings that fill the square. Go to the elaborate three-tiered Krishna Mandir, decorated with carvings of the mythological war of Mahabharata. Examine sculptures of the elephant god Ganesh at the Vishwanath Temple and admire the golden balcony of the Bhimsen Temple. Visit Sundari Chowk, a sunken courtyard decorated with intricate woodwork.

On the east side of the square is the imposing Royal Palace. Step inside the ancient complex to explore its three main courtyards, temples and religious shrines. Sit on the temple’s steps and listen as the sound of religious music and sacred chants punctuate the air.

Browse the exhibition of Asian art at the Patan Museum. See sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities and the 17th-century royal throne of the kings of Patan.

A constant hive of activity, the square is even livelier during religious festivals and celebrations. Watch women dressed in red, sing and dance to commemorate the life of Lord Shiva and Parvati at the post-monsoon Teej Festival. Join pilgrims at Krishna Mandir in May for the Buddha Jayanti Festival, which honors the birth of Siddhartha Buddha.

Patan Durbar Square marks the historical heart of Lalitpur and is easily accessible on foot from all parts of the city. If you are coming from Kathmandu, ride in a taxi or catch a bus from Ratna Park to the city’s main gateway. 

There is an admission fee to enter the square, which is payable at the city’s gateways. An additional fee is applicable for the Patan Museum. Many of the square’s sights are active places of worship, so visitors are reminded to be respectful and dress appropriately. 


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Lodging Near Patan Durbar Square

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Cafe de Patan

Cafe de Patan

Patan Durbar Square, Mahapal , Lalitpur
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jawlakhel, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Patan Durbar Square and Golden Temple. Banglamukhi Temple and Kathmandu University are also within 15 minutes.

$37
Lalit Heritage Home

Lalit Heritage Home

Patan Durbar Square, Mangal Bazaar, Lalitpur
5.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Patan Durbar Square and Golden Temple. Banglamukhi Temple and Kathmandu University are also within 15 minutes.

$37
Temple House

Temple House

Patan Mamaru Galli, Lalitpur
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jawlakhel, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Patan Durbar Square and Golden Temple. Banglamukhi Temple and Kathmandu University are also within 15 minutes.

$64
The Inn Patan

The Inn Patan

Swotha, Lalitpur
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jawlakhel, this hotel is steps from Golden Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Banglamukhi Temple and Mahaboudha Temple are also within 15 minutes.

$47
Boutique Heritage Home

Boutique Heritage Home

245 Saugal, Patan, Lalitpur
5.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lalitpur, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple, and Banglamukhi Temple. Kathmandu University and Mahaboudha Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$72
Traditional Homes - Swotha

Traditional Homes - Swotha

Swotha Square, Narayan Temple, Lalitpur
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jawlakhel, this hotel is steps from Golden Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Banglamukhi Temple and Mahaboudha Temple are also within 15 minutes.

$38
Hira Guest House

Hira Guest House

Kwalkhu chowk, Dhalayacha 16, Lalitpur
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Jawlakhel, this guesthouse is steps from Golden Temple and Patan Durbar Square. Banglamukhi Temple and Mahaboudha Temple are also within 15 minutes.

$30
k2Homes

k2Homes

Kwalkhu Road, Lalitpur
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Jawlakhel, this hotel is steps from Banglamukhi Temple and Golden Temple. Patan Durbar Square and Mahaboudha Temple are also within 15 minutes.