Welcome to Bungamati
This historic village is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, the patron god of Patan, but the enormous shikhara temple that used to house the deity in the main square in Bungamati was shaken to rubble in the earthquake. Nevertheless, the Rato Machhendranath festival, which features a famous chariot parade between Bungamati and Patan continues.
Many locals make a living as woodcarvers, and workshops and showrooms surround the main square, which resonates with the tap-tap of chisels. To reach the square from the bus stand, follow the wide road south, then turn right, and then right again at an obvious junction by a Ganesh shrine.