Best places to visit in Nepal: Our pick #9
Often referred to by its original Sanskrit name, Lalitpur, which translates as ‘City of Beauty’, Patan is a delightful, traditional city located just 5km south of Kathmandu. Although Patan was hit hard by the 2015 earthquake that ravaged much of the country, its spectacular Durbar Square is still frequented by tourists and has recovered incredibly well from the disaster, with many of its monuments still intact. The entire square is filled with magnificent buildings, including various temples and palaces. Outside of this square in the north of the city is the famous Golden Temple, which contains a number of brass animal statues and an assortment of shrines. Patan is also home to an array of fair trade shops where travellers can pick up quality handcrafted gifts for reasonable prices, knowing that the proceeds from which will go towards helping Nepal’s needy.