PATAN AND BHAKTAPUR – The Valley’s Other Kingdoms
Two days with overnight at Bhaktapur (guest house accommodation included). Day 1 from 10.00am. Day 2 till 4.00pm
The ancient kingdom of Patan warrants exploration on foot though here all is easily encompassed within the Durbar Square. Centred around the square are noble structures both royal and religious which highlight the Hindu pantheon, mainly of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva. Here too is an excellent museum of truly international standard with some superb artefacts from both Buddhist and Hindu traditions leaving you in no doubt as to the glories of the city’s past.
As if held in a time-warp, the old city-state of Bhaktapur amazes everyone. You have entered a time of feudal ways, a place of medieval street-scenes, with a uniquely magical ambiance that confidently pays no tythes at all to modernity.
There are some who say that travel is part about going places, part about doing things there and part about ‘just being there’. Well Bhaktapur is definitely - though not only - simply about just being there.
THE THREE ANCIENT VALLEY KINGDOMS
This ‘Close-Up’ is the combination of:
OUR KATHMANDU with PATAN AND BHAKTAPUR
First overnight Kathmandu (not included in cost), second overnight Bhaktapur (guest house accommodation included)
The Main Bazaar
The palaces, temple squares and bazaars of this unique medieval city. Afternoon, Pashupathinath, and return to Kathmandu.