Patan is also known as Lalitpur. It is a city of beauty. It is hardly 5 km away from Kathmandu City but despite being so close to Kathmandu it is able to preserve its ancestral uniqueness which makes Patan a different environment to experience in a short visit.
Kathmandu valley was an independent and strong kingdom during the reign of the King Yakshya Malla. It became a melting pot of two religions and Hinduism and Buddhism. The Krishna temple of the Patan which lies in the heart of the city, whose entire architecture was dedicated to the philosophy of the Buddhist Dharma-Chakra (Wheel of Righteousness). This combination of this two religion helped to modal Patan as a glorious city in culture, tradition, religion, art, and heritage.
Patan is popular for its durbar squares, temples, alleys, cuisine, hospitality and religious tolerance presents the pre-historic state of the city. It has 55 major temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, fine metal works and countless festivals. It is a city which takes pride in the production of the great Thanka painters in the city. This lively city full of culture and tradition paints its corners and alleys with Thanka paintings. These Thanka paintings of the gods and goddesses on the walls of the city speak about its culture and its lets visitors wondering on its significance.
Patan is peaceful and clean due to which it has become a perfect spot for the diplomats, INGOS, and NGOs. Although Patan is close to the capital city its significance and uniqueness outstood it. The shops on the streets of Patan are filled with Thanka paintings, Buddhist sculptures, Pubs, cafes and brass statues which can be a perfect souvenir that one can buy to remember Patan.
Patan is also a city where you can experience divinity in real life. This is the city famous for the living goddess "Kumari". This tradition dates back to the 17th century where world's oldest religions Hinduism and Buddhism interlinks. One can get a glimpse of the goddess if you visit the Kamari Ghar. In the month of August, a big festival called the Indra Jatra is celebrated where the living Goddess Kumari is Praded around the city in her palanquin. It is a sight that will leave you breathless where the masked man and devotees dance to traditional Newari music and pull the chariots of Lord Indra and Kumari. Visit Patan and let yourself to behold these experiences for the life.