Bhaktapur and Patan day tour is one of the best one-day tours in Kathmandu to explore Nepal’s culture, architecture, arts, and history. The day tour includes a visit to the two finest durbar squire (ancient royal palaces) of Kathmandu valley, which are Bhaktapur Durbar Squire & Patan Durbar Squire.
These both are equally interesting with unique features and have a long history and Interesting stories. The Kathmandu Valley holds seven UNESCO cultural heritages, and The Bhaktapur & Patan Full day Tour covers a visit two of them. We also have another Kathmandu Full-Day Tour with a visit to four cultural heritages.
Places to visit on Bhaktapur – Patan Full Day Tour
Bhaktapur Durbar Squire - First Place to visit on Bhaktapur - Patan Tour
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the first place you visit on today’ Bhaktapur - Patan Day Tour. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a piece of the ancient Newari city of Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon or Khwopa - Newar ख्वप लायकू) best known for its attractions. The square contains a regal royal residence that became the overwhelming focus as one of three imperial capitals during the fifteenth century in the Kathmandu Valley.
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the four fundamental attractions inside the old city known as "Bhaktapur". During the Malla regime, Durbar Square procured the majority of its Wonderful structures and conspicuousness as an extraordinary city in The Kathmandu Valley when it gathered the epithet "City of lovers".
Dusks in Durbar Square are best observed from the eastern end, where there simply happens to be an eatery! Even though you can likewise simply roost yourself on a sanctuary like local people and watch the beautiful dawn along with that one can dive into the extraordinary taste of local food as well as the famous “Juju Dhau ” or king yogurt.
A short History of Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- One can't write a summary about the historical backdrop of Bhaktapur Durbar Square without including all of Bhaktapur. Established in the twelfth century by King Ari Malla (Ari Deva) of Banepa from a kingdom only outside of the valley. He moved the capital of his kingdom to Bhaktapur Tachupal Tole (Taumadhi Tole - the most seasoned square in the city).
- King Ari was the first to receive the Malla name, which signifies "wrestler" in Sanskrit demonstrating force, quality, and aptitude. All through Bhaktapur, you will discover stone statues of wrestlers. Between 1200 AD and 1482 AD was the golden time for the Malla kings. Bhaktapur ruled the valley kingdom, and it succeeded well. After the passing of King Jayayakshya Malla in 1482 AD, the valley was divided into three kingdoms for his children, which are now known as Bhaktapur, Patan, and Kathmandu.
- This period ended as "The time of the three kingdoms" from that point until the mid-eighteenth century Bhaktapur, and the valley saw numerous engagements and fights. Anyway, it was between this period that additionally observed an incredible ascent in culture, exchange, sanctuary development, aesthetics, design, and dialect. To be sure, it was amid this period that the Nepali dialect was framed. Today Bhaktapur, all in all, holds its awesome notable architectural magnificence and culture.
- It is so important to understand that Bhaktapur Durbar Square is just a single little piece of Bhaktapur city itself, which still has the power to leave the visitors spellbound by its spectacular beauty. There's a ton to find in Bhaktapur such huge numbers of individuals pick to remain here for a couple of evenings which truly can make you like sleeping in some other time frame. You know more about the history and stories about Bhaktapur from our local guide while on Bhaktapur Patan Tour.
Interesting facts about Bhaktapur Durbar Square
King Ananda Malla lived in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The place was famous for its culture and workmanship. Bhaktapur Durbar square is a standout amongst the least influenced verifiable zones during 2015, April 25th Earthquake in Nepal. Few of the more old sanctuaries are at present recreation - don't lose hope, however, as there's bounty more to see all through all of Bhaktapur.
Things you should see around Bhaktapur Durbar Square
If you are visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square, we exceedingly suggest you follow our tips. From fabulous strolling voyages through the square and photos of each sanctuary so you'll never be confounded about what's going on with everything again!
- Basantapur Chowk: This was once the part of the royal palace where there lie two well-known sculptures of Ugrachandi Devi and Bhairav. It is said that King Bhupatindra Malla was so besotted with the sculpture that he ordered to cut off the artist's hand so that it won’t get duplicated again.
- National Art Museum: The National Art Museum was built to preserve and promote Nepalese art and paintings. There is a small collection of Nepalese religious paintings known as “Phaubas” (Thankas) as well as a few manuscripts and sculptures dated back from the centuries.
- The Golden Gate: ("Lun Dhwākhā", Devanagari:लुँ ध्वाखा,) A standout amongst the most complicatedly finished doors on the planet. This door is a perfect example of Nepalese craftsmanship. It is decorated with various monsters and mystical creatures with proper detailed and fine crafting.
- Statue of Bhupatindra Malla: The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla stands tall in the middle of the durbar square facing towards the palace. Among the other statues, this is considered to be the most magnificent.
- Regal Bath (Naga Pokhari): An excellent Hiti encompassed by stone snakes. The pool is surrounded by a huge snake who is believed to be water serpents.
- The Fifty-five Windows Palace: (Nge Nyapa Jhya Laaykoo, Devanagari: ङेङापा झ्यः लायकू) this palace has started from 1696 AD under the regime of Malla King Bhupatindra Malla and was finally completed under the ruling period of his son Ranjit Malla in 1754 AD. It is a masterpiece made up of wooden carvings consisting of fifty-five windows.
- Mini Pashupatinath Temple: This famous Shiva temple is said to be built after a Badgoan king dreamed about it one night. It consists of suggestive carvings encompassing this copy of Vatsala.
- Durga Temple and Taleju Bell: Durga Temple is a stone sanctuary, which was unfortunately got destroyed after the devastating earthquake struck Nepal. At this point, it is under recreation and is estimated to be completed by 2020 AD. However, one can help by giving specifically to its remaking through the principal ticket office.
- Chyasalin Mandap: It is a small two-storied building built under Malla kingdom. It was destroyed in 1934 AD’s earthquake and was restored and completed in 1990 AD.
- Siddhi Laxmi Temple: A strong stone sanctuary worked in the seventeenth century, which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. It was restored and was completed in 2018. It is believed that the stone structures standing on each side of the temple guard the temple. One can observe the detailed sculptures of horses, camels, rhinos, and man-lions.
The Bhaktapur Durbar Square contains a ton of sanctuaries and spots of enthusiasm as should be obvious. Some nearby aides can be employed from as meager as 1500 rupees. Do know that they don't generally know as much as they guarantee and infrequently show you anything past the 4 squares. There are much more things to see around Bhaktapur, which you see on while on Bhaktapur - Patan Day Tour.
Things to remember while visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- The current fees for outsiders into Bhaktapur Durbar Square are NRS 1500.00 or the US $15.00, while SAARC individuals pay NRS 100.00. Do take note that paying in USD implies you'll be paying more than in Nepalese rupees. This ticket covers all of Bhaktapur city including Pottery Square, Taumadhi Square, and Dattatreya Tole.
- On the off chance that you are intending to remain in Bhaktapur demonstrate your visa at the ticket office, and you can get a similar ticket stretched out for a multi-week with no additional expense. Ticket offices are situated at all the primary passageway boulevards into the old city of Bhaktapur and there are irregular "ticket reviews" so do clutch your ticket!
Patan Durbar Squire – Second Place to visit on Full Day Bhaktapur - Patan Tour
Patan Durbar square is another attraction of today's Bhaktapur Patan Day Tour. The Patan is one of the three towns of Kathmandu Valley. The town is considered the oldest among all the three towns. This place is known for its unique artistic heritage.
Moreover, Patan is probably the oldest Buddhist city in the world. The town is located on a level crosswise over Bagmati River. Patan is also popularly known as Lalitpur. The city is encompassed by 4 stupas as 4 corners of Patan.
Patan Durbar square is also a widely known place, and this square is brimming with antiquated spots, sanctuaries, and shrines noted for their perfect carvings. The former Royal Palace is the focal point of Patan's religious and public activity and houses an exhibition hall containing a variety of bronze statues and religious articles.
A Brief History of Patan Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square is the most staggering example of Nepalese engineering in an urban context. The initial history of Patan Durbar square remains undocumented. According to a few chronicles is stated that the Thakuri dynasty built the palaces and made reforms to the local areas, however, there is no concrete evidence of it. Right in the middle of bustling downtown Mangal Bazar stands the popular royal residence of the Malla king known as Mangal Rajprasad, of the royal residence of Mangal, likely built during the Lichchhavi period (start of the first century to the ninth century). Among the last king of Patan, Siddhi Narasimha Malla (1620 - 1661), Sri Niwas Malla (1661 - 1685), and Yog Narendra Malla (1685–1705) added to the grandeur of the royal palace.
- The Pradhana cast is believed to have been related to the square just before the more famous Malla rulers rose to control. It is during the 1600s during the Malla time that Patan Durbar square genuinely rose to real distinction. King Siddhi Narasimha Malla is also associated with beginning the race for the most excellent city in the Kathmandu valley. This is the point at which the other Malla lords of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur participate to "exceed" each other masterfully. In any case, before the finish of the eighteenth century, the three kingdoms were joined as the Mallas were toppled by the Shahs. The incredible artistic Malla period ended and the Shah Dynasty began following which the nation joined into that is currently known as Nepal. You know the history and stories about the Patan Durbar Squire in detail from our local guide, when you go on full day tour of Bhaktapur and Patan.
Some Interesting Facts about Patan Durbar Square
- Patan is likewise called the "City of Fine Arts" and is outstanding for its customary artworks and rich masterful legacy. The noteworthy thing about Patan Durbar Square is that the complicatedly planned sanctuaries and structures are amassed in only a little region. The square is a living showing of Newar design, with solid impact from Hindu and Buddhist religions.
- There are three primary yards or chowks, so named central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The Sundari Chowk holds the center of stone masterpiece architecture, the Royal shower also called as Tushahity.
- As speaking about traveling most travelers enjoys Patan because of its complicatedly planned sanctuaries/structures, which are packed in a little area.
Things to See Around Patan Durbar Square
- Patan Museum: Patan Museum is a historical center inside the durbar square that has some expertise in bronze statues and religious articles. It is considered a standout amongst the best historical centers in Asia.
- Hiranya Varna Mahavihar: Situated inside Kwabadehul, this three-story brilliant pagoda of Lokeshwar (Master Buddha) was built in the twelfth century by King Bhaskar Verma. It is renowned as a brilliant sanctuary. Inside the upper story of the pagoda are the glorious pictures of Master Buddha and an expansive supplication wheel.
- Golden Window: Golden Window was specially made for the late King Siddhi Narsingh Malla. His dedication to Lord Krishna just as the Buddhist God of sympathy Karunamaya Lokeshwar is a popular episode in Nepalese history of religion.
- Mahaboudha Temple: This sanctuary of Buddha built-in strikingly in the Hindu Shikara style has five golden zeniths. They are all in a stupa shape which is very symbolic of five basic elements.
- Golden Temple: Golden Temple of Buddha in Patan is the oldest and most well-known landmark without a doubt. It was built in the twelfth century, which is known for its wonderful gold works that sparkle gracefully.
- Krishna Temple: The Famous Krishna Temple was built in the seventeenth century. The sanctuary of Lord Krishna holds an instructing position in the royal residence of Patan. It is the main sanctuary in Nepal to have 21 places of worship and is made of stone. The greater part of the vital scenes from the antiquated Hindu legends the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have been engraved on their friezes.