Second city of the Kathmandu Valley
is next to Bhaktapur
one of the king's cities located in the Kathmandu Valley, the heart of Nepal.
Patan, also called the 'City of Beauty', is almost overgrown with the king city of Kathmandu, only the Bagmati River forms a thin border between the two cities.Lively narrow streets lead to the historic center of Durbar Square, surrounded by centuries-old monasteries, dozens of temples in all styles and peaceful courtyards. The Bhimsen Temple is dedicated to the god of commerce, the five-story Kumbeshwar Temple is known for its elegant carvings and the walls in the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery founded in 1400, tells the life story of the historic Buddha, Siddharta Gautama. Stroll through the Golden Gate of the Royal Palace to the Patan Museum to admire traditional sacred works of art, and krishna Mandir, built by King Siddhinarsingh Malla in 1637, is amazed by the detailed handiwork. In this serene city, animal guards and erotic carvings are interspersed with imposing statues that recall the most important kings. See how inhabitants come together to make sacrifices to their gods and seek happiness in feeding the countless doves, hovering above Patan. Where the world can't find you...