Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Patan

Golden Temple (Kwa Bahal)

Untouched by the earthquake, this unique Buddhist monastery is just north of Durbar Sq. It was allegedly founded in the 12th century, and it has existed in its current form since 1409. The temple gets its name from …
Top Choice Museum in Patan

Patan Museum

Formerly the residence of the Malla kings, the section of the palace surrounding Keshav Narayan Chowk now houses one of the finest collections of religious art in Asia. The museum is a national treasure and an inval…
Top Choice Courtyard in Patan

Mul Chowk

South of the Patan Museum, a gateway opens onto the stately Mul Chowk, the largest and oldest of the palace’s three main chowk (squares). The original buildings were destroyed by fire in 1662 but rebuilt just three …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Patan

Krishna Mandir

Continuing into the square, you can’t miss the splendid Krishna Mandir built by King Siddhinarsingh Malla in 1637. Constructed from carved stone – in place of the usual brick and timber – this fabulous architectural…
Top Choice Courtyard in Patan

Sundari Chowk

South of Mul Chowk is the smaller Sundari Chowk, arranged around a superbly carved sunken water tank known as the Tusha Hiti. The chowk was restored in 2014 but several structures were damaged in the 2015 earthquake…
Top Choice Gallery in Patan

Peace Gallery

This powerful photo exhibition is well worth tracking down for its insights into Nepal's decade-long civil war. The images include portraits of schoolchildren giving the Maoist red salute, of siblings who faced eac…
Buddhist Temple in Patan

Mahabouddha Temple

As you step through the entryway of this hard-to-find courtyard in the southeast of Patan, the temple suddenly looms above you, crammed into a tiny courtyard like a plant straining to get some sunlight. Built in the…
Buddhist Monastery in Patan

Uku Bahal

South of the Mahabouddha Temple, this ancient Buddhist monastery is one of the best known in Patan. The main courtyard is jam-packed with statuary and metalwork – dorje (thunderbolt symbols), bells, peacocks, elepha…
Pond in Patan

Pim Bahal Pokhari

This large pond is a hidden gem centred around a charming lakeshore pavilion. On the north side is three-tiered Chandeswari Temple built in 1663. Walk around the pond clockwise and you'll pass a 600-year-old whitewa…
Zoo in Patan

Zoo

Nepal’s only zoo is in southwestern Patan by the Jawalakhel roundabout and it was not affected by the earthquake. The animals live in better conditions than you might expect and there are always crowds of local kids…