Bhaktapur and Patan Day Tour

Bhaktapur and Patan Day Tour
Activity
Day tours
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Max Altitude
    N/A
  • Group Size
    1 Pax. 
  • Meals
    N/A 
  • Accommodation
    N/A 
  • Best Time
    All Year Around 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $120USD

Trip Overview

Through Bhaktapur and Patan Day tour take a look into the remarkable rich heritage and historical stories of Nepal. Once a state with its own regime, Patan and Bhaktapur hold stories and memories of years back. Now, it is a UNESCO-listed world heritage site and is under preservation and care. The tour may be one day only, but the tour will take you to events that happened centuries ago. It is a combination of the two best historical sites of Nepal that represents the cultures, traditions, arts, architecture of Nepal that has been here since ancient times. These cities are best when explored on foot. Going through the small alleyways leading from one courtyard to another is interesting to see and fascinating to explore. Wander around the Durbar Square of Patan and Bhaktapur and check the historical photos, monuments, figures in the museum. These historical landmarks fail to get the attention and appreciation it deserves for their incredible artworks and architecture.

Explore these amazing landmarks of Nepal for greater knowledge of the historical background of Nepal. The magnificent buildings engraved with the spectacular handiworks are magnificent to observe and discover. In the one-day retreat, expect to encounter the hustling and bustling Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square with locals and tourists. And at the same time, get some insights on the finest artworks with the feeling of being in medieval times. Here in the below section, we have highlighted what you can expect to see on the day trip.

Sights to see in Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur is one of the preserved medieval cities of Nepal where ancient artworks are still alive. So, there are much more things to see and to learn about stories of way back from the artworks carved on the woods of the temples and buildings. While in Bhaktapur, do make sure to visit the following places:

Nyatapola Temple of Taumadhi tole

You will get to see the high as can be the housetop of the Nyatapola temple sometime before you arrive at the Durbar square. With five stories transcending 30m over the Toumadhi tole, this is the tallest temple in the entirety of Nepal and one of the tallest structures in the Kathmandu valley. All story is finely woodcut and point-by-point hand works can be seen. This impeccably proportioned sanctuary was worked in 1702 during the rule of King Bhupatindra Malla, and the development was sturdy to such an extent that the 2015 quake caused just minor harm.

Bhairabnath Temple

The board-fronted, triple-roofed Bhairabnath temple of Taumadhi tole (yard) is committed to Bhairab, the fearsome manifestation of Shiva. In the north of the temple, two giant wooden wheels are stacked which is used during Bisket Jatra to haul the god- Bhairad around the town. Besides these, there are wholesome different things to observe around the temple.

Til Mahadev Narayan Temple

The double tired temple in front of the elegant kneeling garuda statue is the third interesting temple in taumadhi tole. It is hidden away behind the buildings at the south end of the square. The sanctuary is situated on a messy patio, yet it is one of the important temples for the pilgrims despite its location.

Pottery Square

Covered up by the back streets driving south from the curving street to Taumadhi tole, potters square is actually what you would anticipate as an immense open square, brimming with treadle-power potters haggles of mud pots drying in the sun. This is the focal point of Bhaktapur’s artistic industry and it’s an intriguing spot to meander around.

Durbar Square

Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is one of the crowded places. Around the square, you will see many temples, statues, shrines, and monuments. The royal palace is around the square. In fact, the northern half of the square is taken up by the royal palace.

These are some of the major attractions of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square that you should not miss while visiting Bhaktapur. There are many other interesting places and sights which we have not mentioned here.

Sights to see in Patan Durbar Square

Patan was once a fiercely independent city-state now however it is a suburb of Kathmandu separated by the murky Bagmati River.  Here, you can see one of the fine architectures, temples, paintings, courtyards in all of Nepal.

Durbar Square

The antiquated Royal Palace of Patan presents a fabulous picture of medieval Nepal. This concentrated mass of sanctuaries is maybe the most outwardly staggering presentation of the Newari design to be found in Nepal, even after the current remodel and framework. The development in the square went into overdrive during the Malla time frame, especially during the rule of King Siddhinarsingh Malla. The royal palace grandstands’ best expressions deal with iron, metal, and woods.

Krishna Mandir

Walking further into Durbar Square, you will see the splendid Krishna Mandir. Mandir translates as a temple in English. Also, non-Hindu isn’t permitted to enter the temple. The sanctuary was worked by King Siddhinarsingh Malla in 1637. The sanctuary was developed from the cut stone instead of the typical brick and timber this remarkable structural sugary treat shows the away from of Indian sanctuary plan. The temple is one of the unmistakable landmarks in the valley and is frequently portrayed on the elaborate metal spread lights hung in Nepali homes.

Patan Museum

The previous home of the Malla Kings, the segment of the castle encompassing Keshav Narayan Chowk now houses probably the best assortment of strict expressions in Asia. The historical center presents expressions of the human experience, imagery, and engineering of the valley. The assortment is shown in a progression of block and lumber rooms connected by steep and restricted flights of stairs.

There are many interesting temples and segments around the Durbar square to explore besides these interesting attractions. There is Taleju temple, chowks, Bhimsen temple, taleju bell, and many other things to observe while on the tour.

Most of all, a visit to both palaces, exposes you to the rich cultural aspects of Nepal. Hence, have fun while exploring the beautiful arts and designs on the tour. Similarly, learn the long history related to these palaces. Bhaktapur and Patan Day tour with Nepal Hiking Team is an incredible short tour to observe the greater and wider historical and artistic aspects of Nepal. You can also explore the wonderful heritage sites located in Kathmandu city through the Kathmandu Day tour.

Itinerary of the Bhaktapur and Patan day tour:

The tour will start around 10:00 in the morning. The first stop in today’s tour will be at Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It will take about an hour to reach Durbar square from your hotel. In Bhaktapur, you will first visit the Nayatpola temple and move forward correspondingly visiting each temple and eventually the palace itself. After visiting the palace and the central part of Durbar Square, you will take an alleyway from the main entrance gate to the pottery square where you will see the traditional way of making potteries in Nepal.

It is one of the highlights of the tour. After the excursion of the Bhaktapur, then we will drive for about 30 minutes to Patan Durbar Square. At Patan Durbar square, you will explore the intricate Newari designs, arts, and architecture which is similar to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Similarly, you will visit Krishna Mandir which is one of the major attractions of the Durbar square along with many other temples, courtyards and monuments, and shrines. After the tour, we will drive back to your trip hotel.

Note: Tour duration may differ depending upon the traffic on the way.

Cost Includes

  • Guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees,
  • Tour guide and private vehicle

Cost Excludes

  • Yours Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Tip for tour guide/driver

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)
Beste Gokkilic Yazar, Turkey We did eight days Mardi Himal trek and it was a very pleasant experience. The whole team arranged everything with great professionalism and they were equally precise when something unexpected or out of the plan happened. They took great care for us both during our accommodation in Kathmandu and the trekking period as well. Our guide Dinesh was also extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend him, he was always there with his stunning hospitality when we needed. He is also a great teacher, taught me some of the basics of Nepalese language too :D. I would definitely recommend Nepal Hiking Team if you have any plans to travel to Nepal for trekking purposes.