Historically known by its Sanskrit name Lalitpur (City of Beauty) and its Newari name, Yala…Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, located on the southern side of the Bagmati River and about 5km south of Kathmandu. Patan’s Durbar Square is filled with temples – over 600 stupas and 185 ‘bahals’ (‘vihara’ monastery with open courtyard) are scattered throughout, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Known for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts, Patan is an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine arts – wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, and is the birthplace of master craftsmen and artists such as Arniko and Kuber Singh Shakya. Visit Sundari Chowk for exquisite woodcarvings, stone and metal sculptures. Patan Dubar Square and the backdrop of the Himalayas at a distance, make for an amazing scene.
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