Called Patan by some and Lalitpur by others, this town is located in central Nepal. It’s in the Kathmandu Valley about three miles southeast of Kathmandu. This area has a long history dating back to 299 CE, with its founding by King Varadeva. This once great kingdom was plundered, as most are during the course of history and inhabitants were subject to torture by the Prithvi Narayan Shah. The population today is quite small at less than 250,000 people. It’s now known for the talented craftsmen, metalworks and woodcarvers. For any traveler familiar with Kathmandu, Patan is described as the less frenetic and more Buddhist neighbor.
Patan’s alternate name Lalitpur means “City of Beauty.” This is reflected by the thousands of artisans and creators that call this city their home. Some of the most lavish temples in the country are found in this little corner of the world. The oldest city in the Kathmandu Valley has not lost its charm or love of the Buddhist culture. There are several temples to visit while exploring this city. Many older buildings were lost to time and modernization, but a several structures have been restored to their former glory.
A couple must-visit locations are the Golden Temple, a sacred and religious site, and the Patan Museum. This museum showcases the unique work of those who call Patan home, and is filled with beautiful craftsmanship the creators spent many hours perfecting and creating. This city in Nepal has a beautiful history and is worth visiting during your lifetime.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
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