Here are the top 10 tourist attractions to see in Patan:

1. Durbar Square Patan

12,335 km
from city center
1 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Patan Durbar Sqaure is one of its three kinds in the Kathmandu Valley. Housing numerous Buddhist and Hindu temples, shrines and historic structures, the Patan Durbar Square is a unique blend of the predominant Nepali religions.Each of the structures on the Durbar Patan Square are spectacular specimens of the Newari architecture. There are some old Newari houses on the complex as well. Together, this concentration of ancient buildings and temples is among the best authentic displays of Nepal’s history, art, architecture and culture.

2. Patan Museum

0 km
from city center
2 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

For anyone visiting the beautiful country of Nepal and interested in its culture and history in-depth, Patan Museum is a must-visit destination. Located in Lalitpur district, the Patan Museum is housed within an ancient residential court in Keshav Narayan Chowk. Patan Durbar, a former royal palace used by many Malla dynasty kings who ruled over Kathmandu Valley, is where the entire complex is located.

3. Royal Palace Patan

11 km
from city center
3 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

The Royal Palace in Patan covers up the Durbar Square in the city and is one of the most famous attractions there. Built in the 14th century under the rule of the Malla King, the palace was restored after the Kathmandu earthquake in 2015. The palace includes a number of temples in its complex and it is almost impossible to take a trip to Durbar Square without having a look at the Royal Palace.

4. Uku Bahal

0 km
from city center
4 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

Uku Bahal is a Buddhist monastery located in South of Patan Durbar Square in Nepal. It is also called Rudra Varna Mahavir and is definitely worth a stop in Patan City. Filled with sacred images and shrines, this place consists of three courtyards. When you enter, you will see the outer courtyard with two flag-bearing British style lion statues and an impressive gate. They can find splendid items such as brass bells, winged horses, statues of peacocks, elephants Garudas and thunderbolts called Dorjes. Along with that, a statue of Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shumsher, as well as paintworks and preserved roof struts, are a few things that people can see.

5. Sundari Chowk

10 km
from city center
5 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

In the Patan Durbar Square of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal is the beautiful courtyard of Sundari Chowk with an entrance guarded by the three impressive statues of Hindu deities Hanuman, Ganesh and Narsingha. It is one of the three main courtyards in Patan Durbar Square and is located south of its more famous neighbour, Mul Chowk. Relatively smaller than Mul Chowk, this area is arranged around a carved sunken water tank known as Tusha Hiti and has the Bhandarkhal water tank which was once the main supply tank royal palace.

6. Rato Machhendranath Temple

774 km
from city center
6 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

It is believed that Rato Machhendranath Temple is the place where the patron of God, Rato Macchendranath or Matsyendranath spent most of his life. Rato Machhendranath was said to have been moved from Bungamati to Patan several times, which is central to the most famous rituals in Kathmandu. The place where the deity resided, Shikhara, was unfortunately destroyed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Nevertheless, this attraction is a must-visit for tourists since it truly represents the culture of Bungamati.

7. Bhimsen Temple

7 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

Bhimsen temple is situated in the northern part of Patan Durbar Square. The temple consists of three storeys and is dedicated to Bheema, one of the five Pandavas from Mahabharata, who was known for his strength and bravery. In Newar, he is traditionally worshipped as the god of business and trade. There are many temples in Nepal dedicated to Bhimsen but the one in the Patan Durbar Square attracts people the most because of the draws and carvings of the temple which describes Bhimsen as the man with super strength who is crushing an elephant with a knee or lifting a horse in the air. The non-Hindus are not allowed to go inside the temple but can view the wild-eyed statue of Bhimsen by climbing up to the top level of this temple. 

8. Kumbeshwar Temple

8 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

The Kumbeshwar Temple, also known as the Kumbeshwar Mahadev Mandir, one of the three five-storey temples in patan is quite often ignored due to its neighbouring Golden Temple. Even though Patan is known for having only Hindu Temples, the Kumbeshwar temple is quite famous for being one of the most sacred ones in Nepal. For those who are visiting Patan, this temple dedicated to lord Shiva should definitely be a stop.

9. Krishna Mandir

996 km
from city center
9 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

Patan Durbar Square in Lalitpur, Nepal was a cultural stronghold of the Malla kings of Kathmandu valley. Most of the buildings present here reflect the history and evolution of Nepal’s culture over the years, especially the temples and shrines. The courtyard has both Hindu and Buddhist establishment scattered all over its vast expanse.

10. Newari Kitchen

11 km
from city center
10 out of 10
places to visit in Patan

The Newari Kitchen in Patan is the best place to go when you want to explore Newari food. It features in International, Nepalese, and Asian cuisines. This restaurant is known for its austenitic, flavour and its ambient environment as well.