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    City Tour - Bhaktapur and Patan


    • The old history of Kathmandu Valley
    • Changunarayan Temple: oldest temple in Nepal
    • The two royal courtyards in Kathmandu valley: Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square
    • Religious and architectural sites of old times that contributed to being recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Destination
    • Durations
      8 hrs
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy Trip
    • Meals
      No meals
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicle
    • Max. People

    Introduction - City Tour - Bhaktapur and Patan

    Wondering what can be done in a day in Nepal? Want to stray away from the city of Kathmandu? Had enough of Kathmandu city and would like to explore other major areas in Kathmandu Valley? Then we have got the right trip for you as Kathmandu is not the only city in the valley with historic significance and cultural and religious essence. You can also explore the city of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur located in the Kathmandu valley. You will find royal courtyards in both the metropolis which are the heritage sites of Nepal. These areas are living quarters of royals in the medieval era of Nepal. Many generations of royals lived in these regions leaving behind artistic, architectural, religious, and historical monuments. They are the open museums of Nepal's history. And not only the durbar squares, but the temple of Changunarayan is a masterpiece in the district of Bhaktapur.

    So, enjoy a wonderful tour in the city of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur along with Changunarayan Temple in the City Tour of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. This experience is a day tour where you will visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage site outside of Kathmandu city. You will start your tour in Patan Durbar Square in the Lalitpur district. After exploring temples and museums there, you will move towards the city of devotees, Bhaktapur. In Bhaktapur district, there are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is Bhaktapur Durbar Square and the other is Changunarayan Temple located on a hill. After you visit these two locations, this day trip will end and you will be dropped off at the departure point.

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    City Tour - Bhaktapur and Patan Itinerary

    Tour of Bhaktapur and Patan

    Outline Itinerary

    Stop At: Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur

    Stop At: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

    Stop At: Changunarayan, Bhaktapur

    Detail Itinerary

    Stop At: Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur

    Your first stop is Patan Durbar Square. It lies in Lalitpur District. You will be picked up from your hotel at 9 in the morning and we will drive to durbar square. The royal courtyard of Patan displays old and eye-catching structures. There are three main courtyards in Patan Durbar Square:

    • Sundari Chowk
    • Mul Chowk
    • Keshav Narayan Chowk: Now a museum with Buddhist, Tantric, and Hindu arts and artifacts

    These three chowks are filled with many important complexes such as Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen temple, Vishwanath Temple, and Taleju Bhawani Temple. Also, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar Temple, commonly known as the golden temple is in the area of the royal courtyard with a large golden image of Lord Buddha and prayer wheels in the periphery. After exploring the area, we will move toward our second destination for the day.

    • Distance: 4.9 km
    • Highest Altitude: 1313m/4308ft
    • Duration: 22 min
    • Accommodation:-

    Stop At: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur

    We will drive to the east of Kathmandu Valley to reach the city of devotees, Bhaktapur. It is filled with medieval vibes as we enter the city with old buildings and red stone roads. You will visit the major attractions of the region such as 55 Window Palace, Lion's Gate, Golden Gate, Vastala Temple, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, and Nyatapola Temple. All the temples and entrances will have some sort of statue of a beast and/or person guarding the entrances of the temple. All the buildings are museums of the place. As Kathmandu valley is influenced by Newari culture, you can try many Newari delicacies in the region and famous local curds too. Finally, we will move towards our last location for the day.

    • Distance: 12km
    • Highest Altitude: 1334m/4377ft
    • Duration: 30min
    • Accommodation:-

    Stop At: Changunarayan, Bhaktapur

    We will drive a few miles north of Bhaktapur to a hilltop and reach the village of Changu. As the temple of Changunarayan is in the village, the village is called Changu. The temple is recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its religious and historical importance. The temple is said to be built in the Licchavi era of Nepal. The architectural style of the temple is not exactly known so it is called as traditional Nepali style. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the main temple which is two-story roofed. As all the temples have, there are various carvings in the temple with monuments of different forms of Lord Vishnu. There are also other sculptures of many deities surrounding the temple. Our journey for the day will end at the Changunarayan Temple and you are dropped at your hotel or departure place.

    • Distance: 4km
    • Highest Altitude: 1600m/5249ft
    • Duration: 12min
    • Accommodation:-
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    Cost Details

    What's Included

    • Private transportation
    • Private professional tour guide
    • Entrance fees in all Heritage sites mentioned in the itinerary
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Inside Ring road and Bouddha area)

    What's Excluded

    • Food and drinks
    • Personal Expenses
    • Gratuities (Recommended)

    Dates & Availability

    The list of group joining dates is available below. Select the date that matches your holiday schedule and join new people with similar interests. If any of the group joining dates do not match your schedule, CONTACT US and we will make one for you.

    For private trip, go to the "Private Trip" tab and give us the details. We will get in touch with you ASAP.

    No group joining date available! you can make a request for private date

    City Tour - Bhaktapur and Patan FAQS

    Essential Information

    • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Returns to the original departure point
    • Traveler pickup is offered in any hotel inside the ring road.
    • The duration of the trip will not exceed 9 hours.
    • The trip starts at 9 in the morning.
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