Patan also known as Lalitpur is the second largest city inside the valley. Patan has a long Buddhist influence and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas said to have been created by great Buddhist emperor around 250 BC. Durbar Square forms the heart of Patan. The Durbar Square is closely packed with temples, and with far more concentration of architecture then anywhere around the valley.
Extraordinary varieties of monuments built over centuries blend into a magical whole, each perfectly been placed and balanced. Originally this was a site a pre-Licchavi palace and later it became a favored site for the wealthy nobles who ruled Patan. Visit Krishna Mandir an exquisite example of a stone architecture. Walk around the unique Buddhist monastery of Golden temple. As you stroll through you will come across neighborhood dedicated to metalworking or stone carving, past ancient bahals and temples.