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Durbar Square, Patan

By Sunday, March 31, 2013 , , ,

I posted earlier about visiting Durbar Square, Kathmandu, and how since Durbar simply means King, there are three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, as well as streets and other locations with Durbar in the name. The first Monday we were in Kathmandu, the day after seeing Durbar Square Kathmandu, we visited Durbar Square Patan, a neighboring city that due to growing populations sizes and sprawl has all but merged with Kathmandu, with just a river serving as the official boundary between them. Patan is sometimes known by it's historical name Lalitpur.

Mul Chowk Courtyard
We took a break in a hotel cafe tucked behind one of the courtyards (chowks) in the lower buildings to either side (near the Patan Museum), and had this beautiful view of the flowering tree and temples.
I actually think I liked this Durbar Square better than the one in Kathmandu. While there were a few men trying to give us tours, it was over all quieter, less crowded and with fewer people trying to annoy you into buying something just so they'd go away.

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