Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms

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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 7 hours
  • tour type Group
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Get out of Kathmandu and into the fascinating Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore Patan, one of Nepal’s ancient kingdoms and the ‘City of Living Art’
  • Feel like you’ve been transported to another century in Bhaktapur
  • Enjoy a definitive experience of the epicenter of this Himalayan Kingdom
The Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. The Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 7 hours.

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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  • Matt
  • On Dec 22 2015
“I signed up in the off season, and it was the only one in the tour. Thomasz was very knowledgable and even offer suggestions/information about the town not directly related tot he Pintxo crawl. Highly recommended.”
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  • Ms. Susan
  • On Aug 20 2016
“It was 45 degrees Celcius in Delhi, but Konica was a great guide and I was very fortunate to be the only one on the tour...”

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.

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).

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

  • Private vehicle
  • English speaking local guide
  • Entry fees to Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur.
  • Lunch in Bhaktapur (local Newari cuisine options)
  • beverages
  • entry fee to Patan Museum
  • gratuities for guide and driver
  • items of a personal nature.
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Cancellation for this Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


For any tour departures within 03 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 March 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

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Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur: Kathmandu Valley’s Other Kingdoms tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu

Meeting end point :

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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