The famous city of Patan is situated on the south of the Bagmati River, about five kilometers southeast of Kathmandu. It is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities, and wonderful carvings. Patan Durbar Square is the most famous area, situated in the heart of the city, and also the main tourist attraction. The square is full of ancient places, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings.

Krishna Mandir

It is the temple of lord Krishna which is famous in Patan built in the seventeenth century by King Siddhi Narshing Malla.


Walking a little further from Patan Durbar Square lies the Buddhist temple of Mahaboudha, made of clay bricks where thousands of images of the Lord Buddha are carved.

Hiranya Varna Mahavir

This three-story golden pagoda was built in the twelfth century by King Bhaskar Verma. Inside the upper story of the pagoda, the golden images of Lord Buddha can be found.

The Zoo

The Zoo is located in Jawalakhel where a wide range of animals, birds, and reptiles, mostly representing the Himalayan fauna are reserved. It is the only Zoo in Nepal.


Godavari is situated in the foothills of Phulchoki, this place has splendid natural beauty. The road from Patan city runs to Godavari to the southeast, passing through the small, old towns of Harisiddhi, Thaiba, and Badegaon.


Phulchoki is located around ten kilometers southeast of Patan, this hill, 2,759 meters high, is a good spot for hiking. A Buddhist shrine is situated on top of the hill which can be reached via driving.

There are many other religious and historical sites in Patan; Kumbheshwor Temple, Jagat Narayan Temple, Rudra Varna Mahavihar The Ashokan Stupas, Accheshwor Mahavihar, Temple of Machchhendra Nath and Min Nath, Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre, Patan Industrial State, among others.