Traveled: April 2014
Patan Durbar Square is just 15 minutes walk and 50 tumblings away =) from Gwarko Chowk, Lalitpur (my homestay is just a few meters away from the Gwarko junction). On my second day in Nepal, it is the third UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal that I’ll be wandering to. I passed by a row of stores and street vendors along narrow streets before finally reaching the main square.
Garlands and ritual objects for sale, right next to Patan Durbar Square’s ticket booth
Patan is also called the “City of Fine Arts” and is well-known for its traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. What I liked most about Patan is that the intricately designed temples/ structures are concentrated in just a small area.
The square acts as a community park for students, devotees and locals, in general
The intricate carvings are just impressive
About 10 minutes walk from the Patan Durbar Square is the Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Golden Temple). It is easy to miss the entrance, which is kind of hidden. Entrance fee is only Rs 50. Looking up from the entrance gate is a beautiful stone carving. More carvings and statues made of stone, metal and wood are found inside the small and dense temple. Inside, the 3-storey Golden Pagoda dominates the scene.
A few steps further north of the Golden Temple is the Kumbeshwor Temple, one of the two five-roofed temples in Kathmandu (the other one, which is the tallest is the Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur). The architecture is exquisite, as usual (But no, I’m not templed out yet.)
There are a lot more locals here than foreign tourists. In fact, there’re only two of us tourists when I visited. I found local devotees silently praying and burning offerings, in the hope that they’ll receive a blessing in return.
Passing by the streets of Patan, I came across this souvenirs. I really liked those “Heart Heart” but taking it home in my memory card is almost as good.
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The strong earthquake that shook and caused grief and damage in Kathmandu happened a year after I traveled to Nepal. Hence, this and my other upcoming posts about Nepal are pre-2015 earthquake time. Let us continue praying for Nepal’s recovery.