- duration 5 hours
- tour type Group
- age requirement 12+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Stroll around the narrow alleys of the scenic city of Patan
- Explore the ancient sights of the city tucked away in Patan’s nooks and corners
- Sample a variety of local dishes as you walk around exploring the city
- Visit the intricately built Patan Durbar Square and get an insight into its architecture and history
Food and sightseeing combine for a fun afternoon of exploring the ancient city of Patan. Join an expert local guide for a scenic walk around the city while tasting local delicacies along the way – what could be better? Patan boasts age-old art, traditions, and rich Newari culture and should definitely be in your travel plans if you find yourself in Kathmandu.
After meeting up with your guide and fellow travelers, we’ll have a short car ride to reach Patan. Our tour of this ancient city begins with a visit to Rudravarna Mahavihar, one of the centuries-old monasteries that dot the city. Then work up an appetite as you walk along a section of the local market street where you’ll find everything from shoes and clothes to statues and utensils being sold. Our first food stop will be a sweet shop popular with locals for malpua, a local deep-fried sweet.
We will then head to magnificent Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with palaces, temples, shrines, and sculptures – all excellent examples of Newari architecture. Immerse yourself in the history and art of this stunning palace square and hear stories from your guide about how this town was built, and how the kings and queens of a bygone era lived.
After exploring the square, it’s time for more food! Your guide will take you to places that locals love for their delicious Newari food. The Newari are the predominant ethnic group in Patan, as well as in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Gratify the foodie-adventurer in you with bara (lentil-flour patties) and aalu (potato curry) at one eatery, and stop for some delicious yomari (steamed sweet rice-dumpling) at another.
After filling yourself with sweet and savory Newari dishes, resume your heritage walk to Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, another beautiful monastery, albeit different from the previous one you saw. These types of monasteries have a deep significance in Newari culture, and you’ll observe how the locals revere these shrines.
End your tour with a plate of momos – for what tour in Patan would be complete without enjoying some of these delicious little dumplings?
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Cancellation for this Patan Bites and Sights 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.Payment
For any tour departures within 21 January 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 January 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Patan Bites and Sights 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.Visa
For this Patan Bites and Sights 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, KathmanduMeeting end point :
Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, KathmanduCOVID-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.