A short trip from Kathmandu, only 5km (3mi) from Thamel in Kathmandu to Patan; you can get there by bicyle, taxi, bus...
Patan, the second-largest city in the valley, is a much quieter and less frenetic place to visit. The center of the city is the stunning Durbar Square (see Photo). It includes the Royal Palace, which contains a richly decorated bathtub, and the two-tiered brick Jagannarayan Temple. Look up to the roof struts to see carvings of figures engaged in quite athletic acts of intercourse. A few minutes' walk north of the square is the Golden Temple, a Buddhist monastery guarded by sacred tortoises that potter around the courtyard; and the Kumbeshawar, reputedly the oldest (1392) temple in Patan. South of the square is an area of charming streets lined with metalsmiths and brassware shops.
See the Patan Square. It's amazing. The scene from Seven Years in Tibet. You never believe all the pictures of Brad Pitt that are there. Buy little bags off the children, plus their fashionable. The wool rugs are great. I need another.
Fondest memory: Seeing the Tibet Refugee camp, they made my wool rug there. Its worth seeing.