On our last day in Nepal Everitte and I decided to pay a visit to Patan, a city very close to Kathmandu with its own Durbar square, one of the Kathmandu Valley’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The old part of the city is pedestrian, which makes a refreshing change, and made the couple of hours we spent wandering the city’s ancient cobbles a peaceful as well as a beautiful experience.
Patan is a city of carved wood – balconies, old walls, the struts of temples – everywhere you look you see beautifully carved wooden facades and figurines.
…we made our way to the Golden Temple, a Buddist temple precided over by a series of young boys under twelve, each of whom fulfils the role for a single month. It is also known as the turtle temple as several small turtles apparently wander the inside at will – sadly we didn’t see any, though Everitte spent a long time determinedly searching.
..and eventually we made our way to Patan’s Durbar Square, in my opinion even more beautiful than the one in Kathmandu (from the little we saw of it!)
Though our visit was rather rushed it was long enough to ascertain that Patan is a beautiful town – in many ways a more pleasant place to explore on foot than old Kathmandu. Our short trip was a lovely way to finish off our first visit to Nepal and I highly recommend it!