Lalitpur is believed to have been founded in the third century BC by the Kirat Dynasty, and was later expanded by Licchavis in the sixth century. It was further expanded by the Mallas during the medieval period. There are many legends about the name of Lalitpur, the most popular one relating to the god Rato Macchindranath. For a long time a separate city, Patan seems like a part of Kathmandu. However it still retains a charm and uniqueness that you won’t find in the other parts of the city.

 

IMPACT

Patan is visited by masses of tourists every day, visiting the temples, staying at the many hotels and eating in the wide range of restaurants that can be found here. However there is a side of Patan that many visitors do not see or experience.

The uniqueness and distinctness of Patan Community Homestay lies in its emphasis on making the guest experience a different Patan, and to enjoy its hidden beauty and untold stories.  The Community Homestay focuses on supporting the overall development of Patan to contribute to its preservation and promotion. It aims to safeguard the precious culture and traditions that are too often threatened in this day and age.

 

ABOUT PATAN COMMUNITY HOMESTAY

Patan Community Homestay is a collective and collaborative effort bringing all the homestays together under one domain. The uniqueness and distinctness of the homestays lie in the families’ emphasis on helping guests experience Patan’s hidden treasures and to get to know the stories behind the place.

As well as visiting the temples and palaces of Durbar Square, you can wander the alleys of Patan and marvel at the ancient Newari architecture in the narrow streets that are scattered around the famous landmarks in Durbar Square. This is the place where you can have a go and participate with the local craftsmen and women in a workshop. Try your hand at pottery or the ancient art of Thangka painting. You will be very welcome to try out some of the many typical Newar delicacies with your host family. Enjoy a Newari feast, eat typical Newari foods and taste local liquors like chang (rice beer) and raksi, their firewater!

  

HIGHLIGHTS

Patan is one of the most fascinating, historic and cultural highlights to any visit to Kathmandu.

Sightseeing around the UNESCO World Heritage site

It is not without reason that sightseeing to Patan is included in almost any itinerary for a trip to Nepal! Patan must be one of the richest and most interesting historic parts of Kathmandu where you can see the old palace and its Durbar Square, filled with temples and shrines. The little museum in the palace is very worthwhile to visit.

Exploring the side streets

Most visitors do not step much farther out from the main Durbar Square and will miss the enchanting surrounding area that has been lovingly restored by the local community, proud of their heritage. You can easily spend more than half a day just exploring the little side streets and narrow alleys around Durbar Square where you will find more less well known temples, discrete squares and old houses that have survived all the earthquakes.

Foodie tour

With its many restaurants, it is easy to eat very well here, snacking on all sorts of local dishes. Just in front of the palace in Durbar Square, on the other side, you can venture into one of the local restaurants and see chatamari and bari, typical Newari snacks being cooked on an open fire. Popular with the locals, this place is always packed. At your homestay, you are made very welcome to join the family preparing your meal, learning how to cook in true Nepali style.

Local handicrafts

This is the place where you will see many traditional handicrafts. The Newar people are famous for their wood, metal and stone carving. They are also the artists painting the intricate Buddhist thangkas. They have a strong tradition of making pottery too. You are very welcome to try your hand at any of these activities, sitting down with locals who will show you what to do.  


Best time to visit

The best time to visit Patan is during Rato Machhendranath. This festival takes up the whole Nepali month of Baisakh (Aprill/May) and during this festival they move a chariot across Patan to Jawalakhel, where the chariot is finally dismantled. Machhendranath is considered to have powers over rain. Since the monsoon is approaching at this time, this festival is essentially a plea for generous rains.

Climate and weather

June is the hottest month in Kathmandu Valley with an average temperature of 23 C and the coldest is January at 9 C with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in April. The raining season starts in June but is at its heaviest in July. The temperature in Kathmandu goes in winter below zero Celsius and rises to an average of 25 degree Celsius in summer. 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Cooking Up A Storm At The Patan Community Homestay by Hana Larock

The Newari Metalsmiths of Patan by Elen Turner

An Afternoon in Patan Durbar Square

Nepal, No Stranger to Adversity

World Heritage Sites of Nepal

Shree Krishna Janmasthami

Patan’s Furious Sage: The Rato Matsyendranath Festival

 



$31 per guest per night

About Your Hosts

Patan is home to a Newari community, they are mainly traders and farmers. The children spend the day in the school and their evenings playing arounf durbar square and temples.

What's Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Community walk
What To Bring
  • Hiking boots
Experience Local Activities

Each community has authentic and local activities you can participate in. Hike through the Himalayas, dance with locals, learn pottery or spot tigers in the jungle - you will get to further explore Nepal’s culture with your local hosts.

Patan Community Homestay in pictures

A few glimpses of what is waiting for you

Cancellation Policy

Full refund will be issued if cancellation is within 48 hours of arrival. 50% will be charged if canceled within 48hours and 100% will be charged for no show.

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This experience requires little to no physical abilities 

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