Patan . Nepal . 1993
this was an early start from our place in Kathmandu . we took a autorickshaw in the chill dawn to arrive at the main Durbar square and we were greeted by this ancient site .
"The most picturesque collection of buildings that have been set up in so small a place by the piety of oriental man" as per Percival London, or, in modern terms, "temple overload", as per LP, Patan boasts some of the finest examples of Newari architecture in Nepal, as well as the highest concentration of monuments within the entire Kathmandu valley – over 1200 temples, stupas, bahals of various shapes and sizes scattered throughout the squares and the fascinating backstreets in and outside the old city.
The most important and visited monument of the city is Patan Durbar Square, which has been listed by UNESCO, but the other monuments such as Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (the Golden Temple) and Kumbeshwor temple definitely worth a visit.
Patan is separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River and is the second-largest town in the valley. It has historically been known by its Sanskrit name Lalitpur (City of Beauty) and its Newari name, Yala.
Patan’s Durbar Sq is full of temples, with a far greater concentration of architecture per square metre than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Moreover, more than 600 stupas and 185 bahals are scattered throughout the fascinating backstreets.
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Tagged: , patan , nepal , Lalitpur , City of Beauty , Newari , Yala. , refugee
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