The ancient city of Patan, lying 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, is known as the city
of fine arts. The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments.The diversity of the
medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of
in this city for today's visitors.
Orientation and Arrival
Old Patan developed along two intersecting axes, which extended out
to the four Ashokan stupas. The northern route, now pedestrianized,
takes in Patan's Durbar Square and also the famed Golden and Kumbeshwar temples. Patan's western axis serves as the main way into town from Kathmandu. The busy southern road runs past the Machhendranath Mandir and the Lagankhel bus park, while the eastern road skirts the temple of
Mahabuddha. The 'fibetan crafts centre of Jaulakhel is located at
the southwestern edge of the city.
Getting to Patan has become a bit more civilized and less polluting
since the introduction of the battery-powered Safaa Tempo
("Clean Tempo") service. Donated by a multilateral aid programme,
the white three-wheelers run from Kathmandu's northern suburbs to
Patan's Mangal Bazaar via the City Bus Park and Martyrs' Gate.
By bike, it shouldn't take more than half an hour. Coming over the
main bridge from Kathmandu, you can enter the city via the Western
Stupa or more directly via Patan Dhoka.
National Parks and