Patan Durbar Square, once famous for the Kings of Patan is situated in the heart of Lalitpur district which is the demonstration of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the art. Patan is also called the “City of Fine Arts” and is famous for its traditional crafts and rich artistic heritage. The major attractions of Patan Durbar Square are Chyasim Dewal Krishna Temple, Taleju Bell, The Royal Palace Complex, Hari Shankar Temple, Char Narayan Temple or Jagannarayan Temple, Krishna Mandir, Golden Garuda Statue, Yognarendra Malla Statue, Vishwanath Temple, Bhimsen Mandir Temple.

Krishna Mandir in the Patan Durbar Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna fought by the side of the Pandavas in the Mahabharat war to assure that truth would prevail. The best place, however, to see metal sculpture is the Hiranya Varna Mahabiliar, the “Golden Temple.” It is a Newar monastery which contains wall paintings, fourteenth-century statues, and scriptures.

The Sundari Chowk contains exquisite samples of woodcarvings, stone, and metal sculpture. A huge stone platform in this chowk is the seat of a holy king who endured great penance in search of eternal ecstasy. It is said that he slept outside on this chilly stone platform in the bitter cold of Kathmandu winters and spent hours in the monsoon rains. Patan Durbar Square has been listed as one of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The Newari arts representing the native culture of the town hypnotize any visitor.