Nepal // Kathmandu and Patan //

Patan Durbar Square

Smaller and less monumental than its equivalent in Kathmandu, Patan’s Durbar Square comes across as more refined and less touristy. Maybe it’s because the city of artisans has a better eye for architectural harmony; or because Patan, which hasn’t been a capital since the eighteenth century, has escaped the continuous meddling of monument-building kings. The formula is, however, similar to that in Kathmandu, with a solemn royal palace looming along one side and assorted temples grouped in the remaining public areas.