Lalitpur is also called Patan. Lalitpur is third largest city and metropolitan city of Nepal. Lalitpur is the city that is very rich in cultural heritage, particular its traditions of arts and crafts. Lalitpur is considered as the richest among the three districts in sculpture, wood crafts and fine arts.
Place to visit in patan:
Patan Durbar Square
Patan industrial estate
Patan durbar square:
Patan is situated at the center of city Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley which is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritages Site which is an oldest of all three cities in the Kathmandu valley. Patan Durbar Square is hub visiting place for everyone in the valley. Thangka painting is mainly producing goods in Patan and it is considered as the main place for producing of Thangka paints of Nepal. Patan Durbar Square has 55 major Hindu temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, metal works and unnumbered local Newari festival and fair that attracts number of visitors to visit the Durbar Square. The major attractions of Patan Durbar Square are Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Vishwanath Temple and Taleju Bhawani Temple.
Godawari Botanical Garden:
Godawari lies in southern town in lalitpur which is one of the popular hiking destinations of Kathmandu valley. Godawari is also famous for its botanical garden where different plants, birds, hundreds of butterflies’ and trees are found as it is fully surrounded by the natural forest from all side.
Central zoo: Central zoo is located in Lalitpur Nepal which is home for the different flora and fauna including different endangered animals like Royal Bengal tiger, one horned rhino etc. Zoo is best place for visiting for animal lovers where different wild animals are protected. Central zoo also provides the facilities of performing the activities like taking care of the wild animals in the zoo and is famous place for local people to spend their holidays.
Patan Industrial Estate: Patan is famous for the crafts that are seen in the different temples and Durbar Square of Lalitpur. Patan industrial estate is a small place that incorporates a few workshops and showroom where one can discover the woodcarving and metal works of people of Lalitpur. The industrial estate is located in near to Lagankhel bus stand.
Paragliding in Kathmandu is recently started from Godawari which last for 20 – 30 minutes above 2100m from the sea level. The views of different mountains range and the valley is the major attraction of the Kathmandu paragliding. Paragliding in Kathmandu provides the thrill and exuberance experience flying over the beautiful Kathmandu valley.