Patan Durbar Square Tour - 1 day

Patan Durbar Square Tour - 1 day

Explore the medieval kingdom of Patan and visit traditional Newari villages with our Patan Durbar Square Tour. Patan, also known as Lalitpur (City of Artisans), is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu Valley. Dotted with Buddhist and Hindu sites, Patan’s pride is the medieval Patan Durbar Square. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the durbar square was the royal seat of Malla Kings. It showcased the exquisite works of art and architecture crafted by Newari artisans of that period. Among the three medieval palace squares in the valley, Patan Durbar Square is the finest.

Walkthrough the palace square and discover a treasure trove of art in stone, wood, and metal during your Patan Durbar Square Tour. The Patan Palace Museum, Golden Temple, Krishna Temple, etc., are some of the ancient gems of this medieval city. Moreover, visits to some of the oldest Buddhist shrines in the valley on the periphery of Patan Durbar square will enrich your experience. Patan Durbar Square Tour also lets you discover more of the valley’s rich art and culture in the medieval villages of Khokana and Bungamati. Take a traditional village tour and stroll around these ancient Newari villages. Surrounded by green paddy fields, Khokana Village is famous for the production of mustard oil using traditional oil pressers. Nearby is another medieval village, Bungamati.

Bungamati is home to the city’s rain god, Rato Macchhindranath. This is where the idol of the rain god comes to rest after the Machhindranath Jatra (chariot festival) held in Patan every year. This picturesque village lies next to the Bagmati River and is filled with Newari traditional homes. Wood and stone carving workshops line the village streets. The artists at work are descendants of the unnamed artists whose works are showcased at the city’s heritage sites. Take pictures and interact with the villagers before you are finally driven back to your hotel.  

If you are interested in visiting just the royal squares of the three medieval cities in the valley, you can choose our Kathmandu Ancient City Tour. If you have a long stay in Nepal awe, recommend you try out some of our popular trips -  Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour - 9 days, Nepal Multi Adventure Holiday - 11 days, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek - 7 days, Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 days, Annapurna Base camp Trek - 11 days or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour - 1 day. 

Trip Facts

Departure Time

9 am


1 day (6 hours  approx.)

Starting & Ending Point

Hotel to Hotel

Places covered

Patan Durbar Square, the heritage villages of Khokana & Bungamati


History and Cultural Tour

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Patan Durbar Square- a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the art and architecture of the Malla era
  • Immerse yourself in the valley’s rich Newari culture during your Patan Durbar Square Tour
  • Meander through the streets of Newari Heritage Villages- Khokana & Bungamati
  • Visit the home of the valley’s  rain god, Rato Machhindranath

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Patan Durbar Square, Traditional Village Khokana and Bungamati Village Tour - Day Tour

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Patan Durbar Square, Traditional Village Khokana and Bungamati Village Tour - Day Tour

Patan Durbar Square

Located in the heart of old Patan city, the Patan Durbar Square is a quadrangle filled with several temples, palaces, and courtyards. Most of the structures date back to the Malla era. Patan Palace, which now houses a museum, used to be the royal residence of the Malla kings ruling over Patan. Surrounding the royal palace are the octagonal Chyasin Dewal, Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden Temple), etc. Inside the Patan Palace is courtyards (Keshav Narayan Chowk, Sundari Chowk, and Mul Chowk) with gilded doorways and decorative stone baths and wells.

Traditional Village Khokana

Lying just a few minute's drives from central Kathmandu, Khokana is one of the most ancient Newari villages. This sleepy village was once a thriving economic hub. Surrounded by acres of paddy fields, Khokana is filled with traditional Newari houses and Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The shrine of goddess Rudrayani (the patron goddess of Khokana) lies at the center of the village. Dey Pukhu Jatra and Shekali Mai Jatra are two important Khokana festivals. The village is known for the production of mustard oil using traditional methods. Stroll around and visit an ancient oil mill that is still in use. You may want to purchase a bottle or two of this pure oil to take back home.


Bungamati is known as the home of the valley’s Rain God, Machhindranath.  The temple dedicated to the deity lies at the center of the village. Built-in a shikara style, traditional homes of the villagers surround the large temple. The village streets are lined with wood and stone carving workshops. Bungamati Culture Museum, De Punkha (sacred pond), Karya Binayak Temple, and Bhairab temple are other places of interest.

What's Included

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking, government licensed local tour guide for sightseeing
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour

How will you be traveling?


Based on 4 reviews
Price From
Instant Booking
USD20 per person

No. of People Price per person
1 - 1   USD 100
2 - 5   USD 60
6 - 12   USD 40
13 +   USD 20
No of traveller
USD 100 x 1 pax
Total: USD 100

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Jeremiah Lane
flagsUnited Kingdom
Dec 10, 2021

Best Day

I listened to my best friends about this day tour of exploring Patan Durbar Square, Khokana & Bungamati. Honestly, I never heard of this place and was anxious about the day. But the moment we visited the palace in Patan, it was truly amazing. There was so much to learn, the intricate design cemented on the walls and roofs with wood-crafting was a new and beautiful thing to me. We also visited the Newari town that had different impressions. It was wonderful experience.
Mike Bosch
Dec 24, 2019

Patan Durbar Square Tour

Me and my best friend DiD recent trip to the amazing city of Patan. It was the most wonderful trip- a day tour amidst the medieval temples and famous UNESCO world heritage sites. We had never seen pictures of Patan and Newari people. The charm of Patan and enticing culture of local people there, old temples and architecture and busy market nearby , everything is amazing. I realized one day in Patan or Kathmandu is not enough. I wish I could go there again. Aniway Thanks Third Rock for this beautiful trips. I appreciate your unique trip and outstanding service.
Best Destination,
Christopher Pugliese
flagsUnited States of America
Dec 24, 2019

One Day Tour To Patan

Newari people and their daily lifestyle allured me. I was in Patan a week ago with Third Rock. This one day tour to Patan is amazing. I explored the beautiful city of Patan in just a day. Thanks to Third rock, for creating this day tour, I was exactly looking for this trip. I had few days before I could resume my work and had to explore Patan. I wanted to shoot some fantastic shot of Patan city and the amazing people living there. Patan Durbar Sqaure was calling me ever since I happened to see some pictures on Instagram and finally did it. I am coming to Nepal in few months with my best friends again, and this time, it will be a week vacation in Kathmandu and the Himalayas of Nepal. See You Soon Nepal!
Best Destination,
Katherine S
Aug 20, 2018

An insight into the rich Nepalese history and culture

Having returned from our Everest trek a day earlier we (my friends and I) decided to explore a bit of the city. Since we were interested in learning more about life in the Nepali villages we decided to explore two ancient villages in Kathmandu valley- Khokana and Bungamati. We booked our village tour with Third Rock Adventures (the same company which had organized our EBC Trek). The tour began after breakfast. Our guide, Deepa, was friendly and good natured. Her knowledge about the local history, people and places were exceptional. We visited the old royal square in Patan as well as Newari Buddhist monasteries known as ‘Viharas’. We were fascinated with the carvings on the wooden beam and pillars and Deepa was kind enough to take us to a nearby woodcarving worskshop where we got to witness craftsmen chipping on wooden slabs, carving exquisite figures on the plain wooden surfaces.  We then went to Bungamati and Khokana. These were pretty old villages and walking along the streets felt like going back to the past. Much of Kathmandu valley must have been like this in the days gone by. We thoroughly enjoyed the village walks. I would suggest this tour to everybody who wants to see the old side of Kathmandu and experience Newari culture. 
b. A friend who had previously used their services recommended this agency to us. Also the company had received a lot of positive feedback (on TripAdvisor) from its clients. These made us choose Third Rock Adventures as our holiday planner.
Of course, we would definitely recommend this agency to our friends and family.
We returned a day earlier from our EBC Trek and decided to explore the valley. Since we were interested in learning more about life in the Nepali villages without venturing too far, we decided to book this tour. The itinerary included visits to two ancient villages in Kathmandu valley- Khokana and Bungamati, which suited us really well.
The tour was enriching and we enjoyed it immensely. We particularly loved walking through the village streets of Bungamati and Khokana, visiting the shrine of the Rain God (Machhendranath) and observing the villagers going about their daily lives.
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Based on 4 reviews
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