It is located across the Bagmati River, facing the Kathmandu, but quieter than Kathmandu. A city renowned for its fine craftmanship. It gives me the impression that the women are more educated as many of them are working group, dressed smartly and looked more confident.
Entrance fee for foreigners starts from Np Rp200.
There are Durbar squares in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktpur. This one is located at the heart of Kathmandu city.
Durbar square is historical center of religious and cultural life. The square is filled with ancient buildings and stupas covered with intricate carvings.
Palace of Kumari, the living goddess, is also located here.
Pataan is the one-time city state which lies directly south of Kathmandu. The two cities have grown together now, but Pataan maintains its Newari individuality a bit more. The Durbar Square feels smaller than that at Bhaktapur because a large earthquake knocked down many of the buildings in Bhaktapur, giving more space. Pataan's durbar square revels in the intricacies of Newari architecture. Temples and palaces intermingled with the bustling of the city. There are several other quite outstanding temples in the city as well both Hindu and Buddhist.
There are a lot of squares in the center of Kat. You cannot miss it! They are two ways to visit it : you can stop at each temple to try to understand about who this temple is dedicated (be brave!), or you can just walk around them, just to enjoy the architecture and the activity of the crowd around.
Patan is now called the twin city of Kathmandu. A long time ago there were three rivaling kingdoms in the Kathmandu valley; Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. The architecture of the Durbar square in the three cities was a way of competing; a reason for the stunning buildings found in the three squares.
I never saw Bhaktapur which is one of the reasons I have to go back :))
Visit this link on expanded info about Patan, This is a UNESCO category World heritage Site, a must see if you are in the Kathmandu Region.
Patan is one of the three old towns in Kathmandu Valley. Its Dubar Square has impressive Hindu temple and palace. One of the highlights during the Kathmandu Trip.
Visiting temples and other religious architectures is a must activity in Kathmandu. The buildings are really impressive and many of them have their own stories behind them. (picture : Durbar Square)