Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur Small Group Tour

Want to know what it was like to live in medieval times? Then hitch a ride on this Kathmandu tour that reveals two, ancient satellite cities often overlooked by travellers. With shrines and temples aplenty, just follow the smell of incense to these old-world towns.

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$128

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Duration

6 to 7 hours

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  • What's included :
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Private transportation from meeting point
    • Patan Durbar Square Entry Fees
    • Bhaktapur Entry Fee
    • Entry/Admission - Hotel Marshyangdi
    • Entry/Admission - Nyatapola Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Entry fee to Patan Museum
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

    There are some who say travel is about going places and doing things. When it comes to Patan and Bhaktapur, it’s simply about ‘being there’.

    It’s easy to just explore Kathmandu, but we want to encourage you to discover the Kathmandu Valley’s two other former kingdoms – Patan and Bhaktapur. Between the buzzing markets, the artistry of the age-old temples and palaces, and the medieval feel of both cities, you’ll be sure to leave Nepal with a much deeper understanding of this incredible place.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Lalitpur, Nepal

    We’ll take you on a tour from Kathmandu into another world, first to Patan, about a half an hour’s drive away. As you enter the ancient city, you’ll be taken aback by the vivid contrast to Kathmandu. Although these days Patan is part of the sprawl of the Kathmandu conurbation, Patan has an identify of its own, including the Centre of Sanskrit Learning (hence why you may see and hear of Patan by its Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, meaning City of Living Art).

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lalitpur, Nepal

    The influences in Patan have transcended centuries, perhaps culminating in the 12th to 16th Century era of the Mallas and their extraordinarily creative Newar civilization. Surrounding the city’s main square are noble royal and religious structures, which highlight the Hindu pantheon, mainly of Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Patan’s excellent museum that features some superb artifacts from both Buddhist and Hindu traditions, leaving you well informed of the glories of the past and the span of civilizations that have flourished and competed here in the Himalayas.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region

    Leaving Patan behind, we’ll head for the medieval city of Bhaktapur, which will take us about 45 minutes. As if held in a time warp, the little city of Bhaktapur amazes everyone. Upon entering this ‘City of Devotees’, you’ll quickly realise that you have entered a time of feudal ways and medieval street-scenes, with a uniquely magical ambiance that confidently eschews modernity for tradition.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region

    Bhaktapur is also a place where your eyes naturally want to shift skyward towards the pagoda rooftops, but don’t forget to come back down to earth to peer down bustling ancient alleyways. Challenge yourself to keep still and absorb the activity around you. As we like to say - all one’s five senses are employed, and then add to that a sixth sense – one of idle exploration!

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Nyatapola Temple, Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur 44800 Nepal

    The definitive building in Bhaktapur is the 30m high Nyatapola Temple, with its five pagoda roof lines towering above the market square. That being said, Nyatapola Temple is centre point and iconic landmark amidst thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines, constantly employed - enticing or warding off deities and demons with offerings (typically floral and food or percussion or horn music). As such, it’s well known that in Bhaktapur, there’s an ever present incessant clanging and tinkling of big and little bells. You get used to it – it’s all part of the Bhaktapur charm.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

    Senses enriched and fascinated, we’ll head back to Kathmandu, which will take us about an hour. You’ll be glad you got out of the capital and explored the Kathmandu Valley with us.

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Your tour includes the entrance fees for Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These fees help preserve cultural heritage sites of high importance.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Urban Adventures - Indochina

Activity ID: V-5060P37

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