All good kingdoms come in threes

Today I visited Patan, the capital of the third former kingdom in Kathmandu Valley (along with Kathmandu and Bhaktapur). The city can best be described by a phrase that is obviously not only popular in Thailand, but also in Nepal: same same, but different .

The Durbar Square in Patan has numerous old temples, just like its counterparts in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. In contrast to Kathmandu, though, it is quieter and less chaotic; in contrast to Bhaktapur, on the other hand, there are still quite a lot of people in the streets of Patan.

After a week in Kathmandu Valley, I have seen quite enough temples already. Still, I did find something in Patan Durbar Square that I really liked: The former king had a very impressive, artfully dectorated water tank, the Tusha Hiti!


Patan Durbar Square


Tusha Hiti


Kwa Bahal

Close to Durbar Square there is also the impressive Kwa Bahal, the Golden Temple. Not only is it covered in gold, it also houses a buddhist monastery which allows guests to have a peak behind its walls.



Buddhist monastery

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