Patan Durbar Square is in the city of Lalitpur, Nepal. It is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley and all are UNESCO listed. The other Durbar Squares can be found in Bhaktapur and in central Kathmandu at the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex. Durbar Square simply means Royal Square and describes the plazas and structures around and adjacent to the Royal Palaces of Nepal. The Patan Durbar Square has many notable temples and buildings including the Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple and Taleju Bhawani Temple. The Palace itself three main courtyards Mul Chok, Sundari Chok and Keshav Narayan Chok. The Golden Temple or rat temple is just off the main Patan Durbar Square, to the north. Patan Durbar Square also has its own Kumari ( living child Godess ) but unlike the Kathmandu deity, I don’t believe it’s possible to see her. I could be wrong.
Patan Durbar Square
You may know that Patan Durbar Square was where we met Prince Harry in 2016. If you click through on the link you can read all about that, this page is now our main guide to Patan Durbar Square and surrounding areas. It’s one of many places to visit in Nepal. If you’re short of time maybe just visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and ship Patan and Bhaktapur, but if you possibly can, make time to see them.
How to Get to Patan Durbar Square from Kathmandu
Getting a taxi is probably your best option. The distance from Thamel in Kathmandu ( where most tourists stay) to Patan Durbar Square is around 6 Km and the taxi journey should take 20 minutes and over depending on traffic.
Obviously you could walk, it’s only 6 Km and we have walked here without issue.
A local bus is also possible, again the journey should be under half an hour. Know that Patan and Lalitpur are interchangeable, both deriving from one word, Lalitapattan.
Patan Durbar Square Entrance Fee
Yes there is an admission fee and daily entrance fees tend towards the steep in Nepal. If you plan on visiting more than once or are staying in Patan you’ll need to ask for an extended entry ticket and for this you will need your passport and visa. The same applies for Kathmandu and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares.
If you arrive by taxi your driver will probably drop you right in front of the ticket booth.
Does the Patan Durbar Square Have Much Earthquake Damage and Should You Visit?
There is some damage at the Patan Durbar Square site but it could have been so much worse. One or two buildings have crumbled and many are propped up but yes, you absolutely should still visit. Damage isn’t as bad as in some other parts of the Kathmandu Valley.