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Patan, Bhaktapur, and Changunarayan day tour

Patan, Bhaktapur, and Changunarayan Day Tour

Day tour covering Patan and Bhaktapur



Patan, Bhaktapur, and Changunarayan Day Tour is one of the best day tours around Kathmandu valley. Patan and Bhaktapur were separate kingdoms before the unification of Nepal and are full of old palaces, temples, shrines, and monasteries. The major highlight of this Patan, Bhaktapur, and Changunarayan Day Tour is visiting culturally and historically rich Patan, also known as Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and Changunarayan temples.

Patan is known for its Durbar Square and has the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite wood carvings. Besides, it is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples sitting around the Durbar Square. While Changunarayan temple is the oldest temple in the country with one of the finest examples of pagoda architecture.

Patan Durbar Square
Also known as Lalitpur, Patan is situated about 7 km southeast of Kathmandu. Although being near Kathmandu city, Patan still retains its old-world charm and traditions such as woodcarving and metal crafts. Patan is full of pagoda-style temples with wood carvings, reflecting the rich Newari culture and architecture of that time. The major attraction of Patan Durbar Square is Patan Museum, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Golden Window, Mahaboudha Temple, and the Krishna temple.  

Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgoan, is the most ancient city among the three cities. Bhaktapur is situated about 15 km to the east of Kathmandu. It is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples. The remarkable architecture, exquisite woodcarvings, and metal craft take one back to the time of the Malla rulers. Other attractions in Bhaktapur Durbar Square are 55 window palace, the golden gate, the peacock window, the Nyatapola temple, and the Pottery Square. 

Changunarayan Temple 
Situated on a hilltop about 12 km east of Kathmandu is the Changu Narayan temple. This temple is considered to be the oldest in Nepal. This temple is significant from an artistic, religious, cultural, historical, and archaeological point of view. Built-in-tiered pagoda style, the four entrances of the temple are guarded by mythical beasts, elephants, lions, winged lions, and griffons. The ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu and the other idols are carved in the struts. This temple, built around the third century, is the best example of stone, wood, and metal craft in the Valley.

Brief Itinerary

Our guide and vehicle will pick you up from your hotel. We will drive to Patan on the outskirts of Kathmandu city. We will visit the Durbar Square, marveling at the ancient art and architecture, and then transfer to Bhaktapur. In Bhaktapur, we shall explore the Durbar Square, Golden Gate, Nyatapole Temple, 55 windows palace, Duttatraya square, Pottery square, etc. Finally, we will drive to visit Changunarayan temple, the oldest temple in Nepal. After the visit, our vehicle will drop you back at your hotel.

• All transfers by private vehicle.
• English speaking local tour guide.
• Sightseeing and monument entry fee as per itinerary.

Not Included
• Any meal or beverages.
• Tips and gratuity.
• Camera/Video camera fee.

  • Trip Price From US$ 45