Patan City Sightseeing Tour
Patan City sightseeing tour: The ancient city of Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the city of fine arts is about five kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. Numerous temples of widely diverse style as well as many Buddhist monasteries are scattered around the fascinating town. It is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan Durbar Square is a concentrated mass of temples, the most stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. Listed in World Heritage Site, the former Royal Palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. The Patan city is famous for its crafts and metal works, which are wonderful souvenirs to be carried home. The Patan Durbar Square has been described as one of the most picturesque collection of buildings that have been set up so small a place by the piety of oriental man. Patan Durbar Square constitutes the focus of visitors' attraction.
Most of the monuments in this square date back to the medieval Malla period 15th to 17th century as the golden period of Nepalese art and architecture. The whole city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, marvelous statues, guardian deities and magnificent carvings including stone carving, metal carving and wood carving. Here are also many other famous Buddhist temple like Hiranya Verna Maha Vihar (the Golden temple) and Maha Bouddha with ten thousands Buddha's images. Most of the people of Patan city are Buddhists. The best place, however, to see metal sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabihar, the "Golden Temple". Patan city is often known as the city of superb artists. It is a Newar monastery which contains wall painting, fourteenth century statues, and scriptures. Other sites including the Mahabouddha Temple and Uku Bahal are only a few minutes’ walk away from the square. The streets in this area are home to initial sculptors of the present day. Central Zoo in Jawalakhel is a pleasant diversion after a tour of the cultural sites. It contains about 106 species of birds and over 665 different animals.