Patan or Lalitpur the city of arts, among the three historical cities of Kathmandu Valley,
Patan is considered as the oldest city. The city is located on a high plateau above the courses of Bagmati River, just south of Kathmandu. From ancient to modern, Patan is known by different names. Similarly, sometimes called "The town with a thousand golden roofs" or "The city of fine arts".
Situated east of Kathmandu on the Ariniko Highway the road to Tibet just 14 k.m. away from Kathmandu city another city within the Valley. Which is of great beauty and still looks like that you are still in the medieval times.
Main places of interest at Bhaktapur Durbar square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is much larger and more spacious than Kathmandu's and much less crowded with temples than Patan. The disastrous earthquake in 1934 destroyed many of the beautiful monuments in the square and are now marked only by empty platforms where they once stood. Some of the most popular monuments golden gate, peacock window and Nyatapola temple are main attractions.
Nagarkot is a popular place to see the mountain ranges and sunrise. It lies at an altitude of 2175m and it is 32 km north east of Kathmandu. It is the nearest place to see the panoramic views from Kathmandu valley. Close up mountains are from Nagarkot Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje lakpa, Sishapangma, Gauri Shanker and more. When the sun begins to rise from behind the Himalayas,
it looks spectacular as the mountains changes its colour. Many tourists go to Nagarkot and stay over night to enjoy the scenic beauty of the country side and from Nagarkot one can hike to Changunarayan, Banepa and to Sankhu Vajrayogini too.
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