Patan, the erstwhile capital of a powerful independent kingdom is quieter, less frenetic and more Buddhist than modern Kathmandu of which it is now geographically a part. This mini-city is full of courtyards and hidden temples, excellent examples of Newari architecture and the Patan Museum. Through the ages, Patan seems to have retained its appreciation of arts and the finer things of life. It is home to many artisans, producing much of Nepal’s fine metalwork. Patan’s Durbar Square is less touristy and more refined than that of Kathmandu’s, perhaps because this city of artisans has a better eye for architectural harmony.

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