Patan is a one of the largest cities in Nepal and is located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. Confusingly, it is also known as Lalitpur, both names deriving from the Sanskrit "Lalitapattan".

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Machchhendranath temple

This is a good illustration of the problems now faced with theft of artifacts. The temple is now surrounded by a strong fence and each statue has its own individual fence. Statues are missing from two stands, suggesting that the temple has already fallen victim. Machchhendranath also gives his name to an annual festival when a 25 m tall "chariot" is paraded through Patan. If you note all the wires and cables across the streets at levels much lower than 25 m. you can realise what a complicated exercise this is. The parade takes place between April and June, with the chariot staying the night at different locations. The end of the parade is supposed to coincide with the onset of the monsoon rains. The wheels of the chariot are over 2 m in diameter. For the rest of the year these can be seen in the building next to the Ashok Stupa (see below).


was built on the site of a fort that stood until 1734 and served as the residence of the Malla rulers of the then Patan state. It is divided up into a succession of courtyards (or “chowks”). Unfortunately only the last of these on the right, which houses the museum, is open on a regular basis due to problems with theft of artifacts. Try peering through cracks in the doors to see what you are missing. The first palace building is Sundari Chowk which was constructed in 1647. The three-storey temple on the palace side is the Degutale temple, constructed in 1661 after an earlier one burned down. Mul Chowk was the central part of the old palace and in recent times has suffered much theft of ornamental woodwork.

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Bhat Bhateni Supermarket

Supermarket chain. More units: Bhat-Bhateni Tangal, Located:Cha-1-580 Bhat-Bhateni, Tel: 977-1-4419181, 4413825, Fax: 977-1-4420240; - Bhat-Bhateni Maharajgunj, Located:Maharajgunj, Narayan Gopal Chowk, Chakrapath, Email:, Tel: 977-1-4016130, 4016131, 4016132, Fax: 977-1-4016133; - Bhat-Bhateni Koteshwor, Located:Koteshwor, Koteshwor-35, Tel: 977-1-4601300, 4601301, Email:; - Bhat-Bhateni Chuchepati, Located:Chuchepati, Bouddha, Tel: 977-1-4485395,4485396, Email:

Traditional Homes-SWOTHA

A beautifully restored Newari House in the heart of Patan's medieval city centre. 5 spacious, comfortable rooms with attached bathroom and a beautiful attic suite. Most of the rooms have private balconies. Upstairs, there is a sunny roof terrace that offers a panoramic view of Patan’s pagoda-strewn roofscape, and beyond it a glimpse of the Himalaya. Nice staff, free Wi-Fi and delicious breakfast.

Baglamukhi Mandir

Shiva Temple. - One of the two five-story pagoda temples of the Valley. The sunken basin is usually empty but around August is filled for the Kumbheshwar Mela full moon day festival. At this time the temple becomes packed. Sheep roaming the temple are those that have been spared sacrifice.

SEE   —  Kwalakhu Rd

Golden Temple

An enormous number of gold- and silver-covered decorations and some excellent bronze statues make this well worth being the only temple in Patan you have to pay to enter. Construction goes back to the early 1400s, although some pieces pre-date construction.

SEE   —  Kwalakhu Rd

Newa Chěn

The "Newa Chén" is a well-preserved and restored example of a traditional Newari house in the Kathmandu Valley. Located at Kulimha tole, North of Patan’s Durbar Square, it is built of brick and timber in traditional Malla style around a central courtyard.

SLEEP   —  Kulimha, Kobahal – 9

Cafe de Patan

A centrally located guesthouse in a traditional Newari house. There are great views over the temples of Durbar square, and the dining room is a very pleasant area of foliage blended with stylish Newari decor.

Mahaboudha Temple

This is a stone temple covered with terracotta tiles, which include 1008 Budha images. It was modeled on a larger temple in Bodhgaya, India and took one family four generations to complete

The Bakery Cafe

Use sign language and point to menu items here as the waiters suffer speaking and hearing impairments. Noodles, MoMo, sandwiches and, on most days, a lunchtime buffet.WiFi.

EAT   —  Map

Rudravarna Mahavihar

A gem of a temple close to Mahaboudha, but much less visited. One of the oldest temples in the Kathmandu Valley with some strange and interesting statues.

SEE   —  Map

Sanu's House

Large 5 story house run by friendly/caring Nepali Buddhist family. 50-metre walk to bus stop/taxis. 24hr Wi-Fi. Great views from roof & upper floors.

SLEEP   —  +984 1 485045 —  Gwarko

Jagan Narayan Temple

Two storey. Brick. The oldest temple in the complex, dating back to 1565. The temple with a statue of Yognarendra on a pillar in front. (Southward)

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Himalaya Hotel

Four-star hotel with swimming pool and several other facilities. Mainly Indian and United Nations clientele. Food disappointing.

SLEEP   —  +977 1-5523900 —  Sahid Shukra Marg

Quixote's Cove: the bookshop

this bookshop is housed in an old 1930s building and combines a great collection of fiction with a marvelously cosy environment.

BUY   —  553-6974 —  Jawalakhel

Pandays Paradise

Good food and view of zoo. Free Wi-fi & library. Garden or rooftop dining available. Short- or long-term stays possible.

Higher Ground

Peaceful Cafe. Check out second branch in Ekantakuna (near DFID), which sells excellent brown bread and carrot cakes.

EAT   —  Map

Patan Museum

An excellent and well-presented little museum with descriptions of various artistic techniques.

SEE   —  Keshab Narayan Chowk

Hira Guest House

Nice location, good food. Garden wing has small rooms, but the other rooms are good.

SLEEP   —  Map

Summit Hotel

Nice location, good food. Garden wing has small rooms, but the other rooms are good.

SLEEP   —  Map

Cafe Vespers

Lovely outdoor seating. Good Pad Thai. Very good pizzas and quite good Italian food.

EAT   —  Pulchowk

Bagmati Bridge

A two lanes bridge over River Bagmati connecting Patan with Kathmandu

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Greenwich Village Hotel

A quiet, comfortable NGO-type hotel. Ten minutes walk to main road.

SLEEP   —  Kupondole Heights Rd

Taleju Bell

A huge bell that dates back to 1737 and is still rung once a year.

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Bhimsen temple

constructed in 1680 but with more recent marble additions.

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Manga Hiti

A lotus shaped pool and three carved stone crocodile head.

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Good pizza, pasta, dessert, ice-cream and coffee.

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New Orleans

Good coffee, nice garden, live jazz some nights

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One of the best Indian restaurants in Kathmandu

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Hari Shankar Temple

Half Vishnu half Shiva deity. Built in 1704-5

SEE   —  Map

Vishwanath temple

with two stone elephants and riders in front

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Nepal Bank

This is the local branch of Nepal Bank Ltd

BUY   —  Kupondole Rd

Shankar Narayan temple

with kneeling stone elephants in front

SEE   —  Map


Inexpensive Nepali and Chinese food

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Lazy Gringo

Food from the American South-West

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Absolute Bar

One of the best bars in Kathmandu

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Degutalle Temple

Five storey on the Palace ground

SEE   —  Map


Good Thai, and other Asian food

EAT   —  Map

Mani Mandap

A pavilion dating from 1700's.

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Red Dingo

Good western (Australian) food

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Love Park

A small green area with a pond

DO   —  Pulchowk Rd

Minanath Temple

There is a secondary School.

SEE   —  Map

Cafe Bliss

Trendy, peaceful restaurant

EAT   —  Jhamsikhel

Octagonal stone Krishna temple

constructed in 1647

SEE   —  Map


Good Chinese food

EAT   —  Map

Bhai Dega Temple

A shiva temple

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Pim Bahal

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Ganesh Temple

SEE   —  Map

Krishna Mandir

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Taleju Temple

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Central Zoo

SEE   —  Zoo Rd

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