Operated in cooperation with Kathmandu Urban Adventures, this short walk in Patan combines the sights and local food in a wonderful custom tour.
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?
Day Tours | What to carry
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