Patan

It would be easier if there was a map of Patan that shows all the places that are not of religious or cultural significance. Even its tile-roofed Newari-style houses are architectural gems. There are over 150 vihars, or monasteries, in Patan, many of which are not endowed with wonderful sculptures. Sculpting metal is Patan’s traditional craft, the levels of brilliance of which can be judges from the statue of King Yoganarendra Malla that stands at the apex of the stone pillar in the Patan Durbar Square. Even centuries after being exposed to the elements, the king’s face shines brilliantly when sunlight falls on it.

    1. Patan Museum
      The Patan Museum is a museum located in Patan, Nepal. The museum falls under the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Patan Museum was inaugurated in 1997 by Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. The Patan Museum displays the traditional sacred arts of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential court of Patan Durbar, one of the royal palaces of former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. The Museum’s exhibits cover a long span of Nepal’s cultural history and some rare objects are among its treasures. Most of the objects are cast bronzes and gilt copper repoussé work, traditional crafts for which Patan is famous.
    2. Krishna Mandir
      Krishna Mandir is the most important temple in Patan Durbar Square. It is built in the Shikhara style imported from India although it is unique in its own way. The stone carvings along the bean, and above the first and second floor pillar, is most notable. The first floor pillar carvings narrate the events of the Mahabharata, while on the second floor there are visual carvings from Ramayana.
      The temple was built in 1637 by King Siddhinarasimh Malla. It is said that one night the King saw the gods Krishna and Radha standing in front of the royal palace. He ordered a temple to be built on the same spot. There are 21 golden pinnacles in the temple. Below the pinnacles are 3 stories. The first floor holds the main shrine of Krishna with shrines of Radha and Rukamani at each side. The second floor is dedicated to Shiva and the third to Lokeshwor(Lord Buddha).
    3. Golden Temple
      The Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), built in the 12th Century by King Bhaskar Verma, is located just north of Durbar square. This three-roof Buddhist monastery is adorned with a golden facade, four large gateways, a clock tower, and two lion sculptures. Inside are golden images of Buddha, wall carvings, and a prayer wheel. 
    4. Mahabouddha
      Mahabuddha Temple in Patan, Nepal is dedicated to the historical Buddha. It was built by priest Abhaya Raj of Patan. The temple is often called "the temple of a thousand Buddhas" because a Buddha image is engraved on every brick. The temple is modeled on the Maha Bodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India. It was built in the year 1585. 
    5. Kumbeshwar Temple
      Due north of Patan Durbar Sq is the eye-catching Kumbeshwar Temple, one of the valley’s three five-storeys. This tall, thin mandir (temple) features some particularly artistic woodcarving, and it seems to defy gravity as it towers above the surrounding houses. A large Nandi statue and central lingam indicate that the shrine is sacred to Shiva.
      The temple platform has two ponds whose water is said to come straight from the holy lake at Gosainkund, a weeklong trek north of the valley. Bathing in the tank at Kumbeshwar Temple is said to be as meritorious as making the arduous walk to Gosainkund. 
    6. Jagan Narayan Temple
      Fronted by a pair of barrel-chested lions, the two-storey Jagannarayan (or Char Narayan) Temple is dedicated to Vishnu as Narayan, the creator of the universe. Dating from 1565, it is said to be the oldest temple in the square, and its roof struts are alive with carvings of couples engaged in saucy goings-on. 
    7. Rato Machindra Nath Temple
      The Patan temple, also known as the Rato Machchhindranath Temple, is one of the oldest temple which dates back from 16th century. It is one of the famous temples of the Kathmandu Valley. It lies in the southern part of the Patan Durbar Square. Each of the four well crafted wooden doors of this temple is guarded by two lion figures while the four corners of the temple are guarded by Khyah, a Yeti-like demonic figure. Rato Machchhindranath spends six months of the year in this temple. 
    8. The Central Zoo
      The Central Zoo is a 6-hectare (15-acre) zoo in Jawalakhel, Nepal. It is home to some 870 animals representing 109 species, and is operated by theNational Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). Although it was originally a private zoo, it was opened to the public in 1956.
      During the Bhoto Jatra festival, celebrated near the zoo, the zoo may see upwards of 34,000 visitors in a single day after they come to see a historical jeweled vest at the culmination of the Rato Machchhindranath jatra.