Soak in Nepal's rich, ancient culture at two royal cities
Explore ancient Patan and see why it's called the 'City of Living Art'
Learn about the city's Buddhist and Hindu heritage from centuries-old museum artifacts
See Bhaktapur Durbar Square in Nepal's 'City of Devotees', rife with religious sites and art
Be taken back in time as you walk past one sky-high pagoda after another
Marvel at the 30m-tall Nyatapola Temple, constantly ringing with bells and percussion
In Kathmandu Valley are three ancient cities, once independently ruled by their respective Malla kings: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In this day trip, visit Patan and Bhaktapur, home to cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites that hark back to Nepal's rich past. You'll learn to appreciate Patan's name in Sanskrit, Lalitpur, which means ‘City of Living Art.' (Hint: it's home to the valley's finest sculptors and craftsmen.) Over in Bhaktapur, experience what it's like to wade slowly back in time, with streets and architecture retaining their olden, brickmade charm. All throughout, pay close attention to their shared religious heritage. Of Buddhist and Hindu backgrounds, both Patan and Bhaktapur are wealthy with temples, shrines, idols and sculptures in honor of their gods – giving you an endless count of sights over which to marvel.
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Bhaktapur is a mini city by itself and old capital of Nepal. It has many courtyards and temples within the City. As well as many shops in the market. Many of the markets are neat and you can do a comfortable shopping here. There are (or were post the earthquake perhaps) imposing structures.