What To Expect
Discover the other kingdoms in Kathmandu Valley, Patan and Bhaktapur. From the ancient and noble structures of Patan to the medieval street scenes of Bhaktapur, not only will you feel like you have gone back in time, you will know that you have gotten a better idea of the country.
From Kathmandu, travel to Patan for about half an hour. As you enter the ancient city, you will be taken aback by the vivid contrast to Kathmandu. Although these days Patan is part of the sprawl of the Kathmandu conurbation, Patan has an identity of its own, including the Center of Sanskrit Learning (hence, you may see and hear of Patan by its Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, meaning City of Living Art).
The influences in Patan have transcended centuries, perhaps culminating in the 12th to 16th Century era of the Mallas and their extraordinarily creative Newar civilization. Surrounding the main square of the city are noble royal and religious structures, which highlight the Hindu pantheon, mainly of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. Grab the opportunity to explore its excellent museum that features some superb artifacts from both Buddhist and Hindu traditions, leaving you with the glories of the past and the span of civilizations that have flourished and competed here in the Himalayas.
After exploring Patan, head to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, which will take about 45 minutes. As if held in a time warp, the little city of Bhaktapur amazes everyone. Upon entering this City of Devotees, you will quickly realize that you have entered a time of feudal and medieval street sccenes, with a uniquely magical ambiance that confidently veer away from modernity for tradition.
As your eyes naturally shift skyward towards the pagoda rooftops, do not forget to look back down to the bustling ancient alleyways. Challenge yourself to keep still and absorb the activity around you. As we like to say - all five senses are employed, and then add the sixth sense - one of idle exploration!
The definitive building in Bhaktapur is the 30 meter high Nyatapola Temple, with its five pagoda roof lines towering above the market square. This temple is the center point and iconic landmark amidst thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines in this kingdom.
Senses enriched and fascinated, head back to Kathmandu which takes about an hour. You will be glad you headed out of the capital and explored the other kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley.
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Tour is approximately 6 to 7 hours long.
Participants under 6 years old are free of charge.
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