Patan and Bhaktapur are two of the most popular cultural heritage sites in Nepal that you just cannot miss out on. While a lot of places in Nepal, especially in the urban side of the country, have been overtaken by modernity, places like Patan and Bhaktapur are still rich in the culture and history that once ruled the places. These cities have the perfect blend of modernness and glimpses from ancient times. Finding transportation to either of the places is not a challenge. You can easily get a bus or book a taxi from your hotel to visit these places. There are several stops like temples, traditional houses, museums, souvenir shops, and eateries that will fascinate you throughout your Patan and Bhaktapur day tour.
There are several things that you need to remember when you are touring during the daytime in Patan and Bhaktapur, and this article will guide you through just that. Make sure to read till the end of this article to know more!
Patan Day Tour
Patan is a quieter city in comparison to Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. You will find all the amenities required to remain comfortable on your day tour in Patan. The roads here are good, but the streets beyond the Patan Durbar Square are almost always busy and crowded. Patan is a marketplace for the most reasonable stuff in Kathmandu Valley. Hence, you won’t find it hard to get souvenirs at a low cost. There are lots of restaurants and museums that serve tourists and have special facilities, especially for tourists. Likewise, if you want to spend a longer time in the Patan area, you can easily find a decent hotel with good facilities around the Patan Durbar Square area. As soon as you enter Durbar Square, as a tourist, you will have to pay a certain sum to get through the entrance. Also, there is a tourist help post or information desk from where you can get all the necessary information about the place.
Main attractions of the Patan Day Tour
Some of the main attractions of the Patan Day Tour are Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Patan Museum, Golden Temple, Mahaboudha temple, Mahabihar, etc. You can expect to see several old designs of houses in Patan. While a lot of old houses were destroyed during the earthquake of 2015, there still are houses that stand strong even today. These ancient houses are empty, and people have long left these residents due to safety concerns though. Likewise, finding pati and pauwas(seating areas) is very common in Patan. Though the busy lives of the people in the modern city of Patan have taken away the essence of what was once a place for the locals to sit and chitchat, your local guide will help you learn about what everything in the city once stood for.
Since Patan has been the home to the Newari people for several centuries, the culture dominates the city. You can easily find eateries serving Newari food in almost every restaurant or fast food shop in Patan. Likewise, there are several other cuisines that the city’s eateries serve for anyone willing to eat from other cuisines.
A day tour in Patan might cost you around Rs. 4000-Rs.7000, depending on how much you spend. The cost, however, is likely to go up or down than the assumed sum.
Bhaktapur Day Tour
Bhaktapur is one of the best places where you can explore the cultural heritage of the ancient kingdom that once ruled the city. This town is small and has a lot of local amenities that are only going to fascinate one with the Newari and Nepali typical traditions, food, and architecture. Finding a ride to Bhaktapur is not a chore at all. In fact, you can find a bus to Bhaktapur from almost anywhere inside the Kathmandu Valley. Booking a taxi is not hard either.
Similarly, there are many old buildings in the city that are almost hard to spot in most other cities in the valley. Though urbanized, Bhaktapur has not lost its essence and touch of the old traditions and culture. The city is not expensive either. You can easily find hotels near the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which only becomes a plus point for anyone looking to find a place to stay near the city while also being able to cherish the beauty of the ancient city. There are plenty of tourist guides that you can find on your Bhaktapur day tour.
Main attractions of the Bhaktapur Day Tour
There are several old architectures that say a lot about Bhaktapur, like the Nyatapola temple, Changu Narayan, Doleshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Taleju Bhawani Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Wakupati Narayan Temple, etc. These temples reflect the Hindu culture and religious significance among the people of Bhaktapur since the oldest of times. Similarly, there are other aspects that have been famous among everyone during their visit to the city, like the food here. Juju Dhau (curd), freshly made from heavy cream, is one of the specialties when you’re in the city. Similarly, most of the eateries here serve Newari cuisine, as a lot of people living here are Newars.
You can also find plenty of souvenir shops in the area. If you are fond of creative activities, then Bhaktapur is perfect for you because here, you can practice pottery and clay arts. Finding things to buy and things to do is not hard when in here. You can spend a day touring through the temples and exploring the city from morning till the evening.
The cost of a Bhaktapur day tour might go from Rs. 4000- Rs.7000. And the cost may go down or up depending on how much you spend.