Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is an architectural heritage situated at the center of the city of Lalitpur. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. One of its attraction is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples face east, towards the palace. The square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square.

Krishna (mandir) temple and golden temple are another attraction of Patan.

Golden temple is Buddhist monastery is just north of Durbar Square. It was allegedly founded in the 12th century, and it has existed in its current from 1409. The temple gets its name from the gilded metal plates that cover most of its frontage and it is one of the most beautiful place in Patan. Outside of winter, look for the tortoises pottering around the compound- these are the temple guardians.

Krishna temple is the most important temple in Patan Durbar Square. It is built in the Shikhara Style. Legend says that it was built because of a dream. One night, King Siddhi Narasigh Malla dreamt that the god Krishna and Radha were standing in front of the palace and King ordered a temple built on the same spot. The stone carvings along the bean above the first and second floor pillar are notable. The first floor pillar carvings narrate the events of the Mahabharata, while on the second floor there are visual carvings from Ramayana. There are 21 golden pinnacles in the temple. Below the pinnacles are 3 stories. The first floor holds the main shrine of Lord Krishna with shrines of Radha and Rukmini at each side. The second floor is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the third to Lokeshwor Lord Buddha.