More popularly known as Patan, Lalitpur is considered the arts and architectural capital of Nepal. Situated just across the Bagmati River, which separates it from the country’s capital, Kathmandu, Lalitpur boasts some of the finest temples, monuments and palaces in the country
The city has churned out many artists and artisans over the centuries, since its inception as one of the prominent Nepali kingdoms. The muted tones of the temple walls almost take you back in time, while the stores and hawkers dealing in handicrafts outside will tempt you to empty your wallet. But worry not, as most stores in and around the city are fair-trade shops, promising you value for money. A number of fine restaurants and eateries are also spread across the city, especially around the Durbar Square, which sees the highest density of tourists in almost any season. Despite its location in Asia’s third poorest country, the quaint and charming city of Lalitpur offers a rich experience to discerning travelers.Durbar Square, with its concentration of traditional temples, palaces and other monuments, is the locale that is most visited by tourists when in Lalitpur. The region has such a wealth of historical and cultural artifacts that it has collectively been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though many of these temples and structures were destroyed in the recent earthquake that shook the very core of Nepal, the region is well worth a visit. Tourists visiting the region can also help in rehabilitation and conservation efforts. The main palace and temple are the biggest attractions here.To really get a feel of the city, stroll around at a leisurely pace and shop at the fair-price shops around Durbar Square, where you will find beautifully crafted handicrafts at extremely attractive prices. Foodies will also be satisfied with the numerous eateries and restaurants in the region that mainly cater to tourists.There are a number of other temples and shrines in and around the city that you should also check out during your visit. Some of these include Rudra Varna Mahavihar, Golden Temple, Kumbeshwar Temple and Ashok Stupa, among others.While taxis and local minibuses are easily available to get around the city, Lalitpur is a place that is best explored and experienced on foot.Nepal is still experiencing aftershocks from the April earthquake. Research adequately before planning your trip.Take care of your belongings in crowded tourist areas. Dress appropriately, especially in and around the temples and places of worship
Lalitpur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Khajuraho at a distance of 152kms.
Airports: Khajuraho Airport
There is no regular trains to Lalitpur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Shivpuri which is located at a distance of 112kms.
Railway Station(s): Shivpuri