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Patan is one of the three sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal located in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley. It is one of the three former kingdoms of kathmandu valley. Also known known as Mangal and Lalitpur, this city is also one of the largest cities in the country. Patan is situated on the elevated tract of land in Kathmandu valley on the south side of the Bagmati River, which separates it from the City of Kathmandu on the northern side.

Best known for its rich cultural heritage particularly its tradition of arts and crafts, Patan is also called as city of festival and feast. Newars are the original denizens and their rich culture is present in every aspect of the city. Patan is accessorized with ancient art, metallic, stone and wood carved statues. The city that has produced the highest number of renowned artists and finest craftsmen ever recorded in the history of Nepali art, Patan has maintained a culture of craft work even in the face of rapid urbanization.

The city spreads over 16 sq. kilometres and is divided into 22 municipal wards. The city is bounded by East: Imadol VDC and Harisiddhi VDC, West: Kirtipur Municipality and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), North: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), South: Saibu VDC, Sunakothi VDC and Dhapakhel VDC.

Patan is believed to have been founded in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty and later expanded by Licchavis in the sixth century. It was further expanded by the Mallas during the medieval period.

A city which has more than 1,200 Buddhist monuments of various shapes and sizes and temples, scattered in and around, Patan is indeed artistic. The most important monument of the city is Patan Durbar Square, which has been listed by UNESCO as one of seven Monument Zones that make up the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site.

Places to visit: Patan Durbar Square: The residence of the Malla rulers of the Patan state which is now converted into a museum, Hiranya Varna Mahaa Vihar: A buddhist temple known locally as Golden Temple, Mahaboudha Temple: Also known as 1000 Buddha Temple, Bangalamukhi temple: A Hindu temple, Kumbheshwor temple: One of the two five-story pagoda temples of the valley.
Don’t miss: Dining on delicious Newari cuisine. We recommend you try ‘Honacha’, a popular local joint located at Patan Durbar Square

How to reach: Patan is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. You can either take a taxi or a bus from there.

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