Patan Durbar Square is the main attraction of the Lalitpur district. Known as Yala amoung Newari Language, the city is also called the city of wooden crafts and handicrafts. The palace has earned distinction being the home of finist crafts. Ancient shrines, museum, Krishna temple, Suvarnadwar, Devasthal and various small and big temple scattered in and around the square are some of the attractions. The area has been made attractive with the presence of various artistic masterpieces and ancients temples. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitors willing to study and reserch artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Lalitpur.
SOME IMPORTANT SIGHTSEEING POINT IN PATAN:
KRISHNA MANDIR: The temple dedicated to Lord Krishna situated at the Patan Durbar Square is unmatched in the Lalitpur district. The stone temple of the Sikhar style of architecture was constructed by King Siddhinarshingha Malla in the 17th century. The temple, lavishly decorated by a variety of works of art, has a total of 21 spires and thus also called the 21 spire temple. An idol of lord Krishna is enshrined at the sanctum of the temple.The carvings and arts decorating the walls and refters of the temple have addred to the temple's grandeur. Krishna Mandir is one of the favoured destination for tourist among the temples and monasteries of Patan.
MAHABOUDHA: The Mahaboudha Temple is the first Buddha temple of Nepal constructed in an exquisite "Shikhar Style" of architecture. Located at Okubahal at a 10 min waling distance from the Patan Durbar Square, this temple is a visited by many tourists. The temple consists of thousands of terracotta figurines of Lord Buddha. the temple is also known as the "Temple of nine thousand Buddhas" The sight of the magnificent temple is adorned from all sides with nine thousand Buddha figurines of different sizes. The temple is popularly known as "Syangtungu" in the Tibetan language and is considered as important religious site for the Tibetan Buddhists.
BANGALAMUKHI TEMPLE: The Bangalamukhi Temple situated at Iwahi of Lalitpur district is one of the important religious sites of the Hindus. it is believed that one's desires are fulfilled by sincere worship of bangalamukhi with pure intentions. Devotees flock the temple every Thursday to offer worship and for the fulfillment of their desire. The Bangalamukhi Temple premises also houses the Sarweshwor Mahadev temple, Badri-Narayan temple, Satya-Narayan temple, Ganesh temple, Manakamana temple, Haratimata temple, Gauri Kunda and others. The small pond called Gauri Kunda is one of the major attractions of the temple. According to legends, once an old and dropped and lost his water pitcher at the Gosaikunda Lake. The old man retuned home and told his daughter-in-law found the same pitcher the next day in the Gauri Kinda giving rise to the felief that the source of the pond is at the Gosaikunda lake. it takes a 10 min walk from Patan Durbar Square or 25-30 min from New Baneshwor to reach the Bangalamukhi Temple.
HIRANYAVARNA MAHAVIHAR: The Great monastery of Hiranyavarna Mahavihar is located at the Kwabahal Tole of Patan. The monastery decorated with various forms of traditional art was constructed by King Bhaskardev in the 12th centuary. The idol of Amoghpash Lokeshwor is the main deity of the temple. The artistic style of the temple is considered superior to any other temple in Nepal. The temple gilted in gold and surrounded by idols of numerious shape and sizes is also popularly known as "Golden Monastery".
KWA BAHAL: or the Golden Temple, is a Buddhist monastery courtyard dating to the 12th century. The monastery is embellished with exceptionally fine wood-carvings and repousse work. Artistic images are scattered around the courtyard.
KUMBHESWOR: Kumbheswar, Built in 1392, this Shiva temple is the oldest temple in the city. It is also one of the only three in the Valley with five roofs. The water in the two ponds here (Kwanti) is believed to originate in the holy Gosaikund lake, several days’ walk to the north.
OKU BAHAL: Oku Bahal is situated a few steps past Mahabouddha and is one of the best known Buddhist places of worship in Patan. The stone-paved courtyard is enclosed by a two-story building with gilded roofs. The wood-carvings on the roof struts are especially attractive.