Lalitpur is also known as Patan. The name - Lalitpur - means "the city of beauty". It is situated on a plateau by the river Bagmati. Patan's Durbar Square is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. It's located 11 kilometres from the capital, Kathmandu.
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Durbar Square - Patan's Durbar square is located in the centre of Patan and is truly one of the most beautiful of ancient cities. Filled with temples, old squares, and stupas.
The birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated by Hindus at the Krishna Temple in Patan in August (dates change).
Similar to Kathmandu.
Buses link Patan to the suburbs.
Patan is best viewed on foot, a full day is need, or more if you venture out of the main city.
You may rent a motorbike.
There are plenty of small eateries dotted around the main city square.
There are many sleeping option available. While Patan is a short ride away from Kathmandu, it might be worth staying over for extended trips.
There are some volunteer opportunities, and internships.
The museum is one of the most well kept in Nepal.
The use of email is growing, although its availability is most widespread in Kathmandu and Pokhara, where is is also cheap. Outside the main tourist areas, internet is not widely available and where it is, it does cost a lot more.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are two main mobile operators in Nepal. Government run NTC (Nepal Telecom Company), and private Ncell (previously called Spice Mobile and Mero Mobile). Both operators allow tourists to buy SIM cards for about 200NRs in Kathmandu and most major towns.
Nepal Post is the Postal Service Department of the Nepali Ministry of Information and Communications and the national post office of Nepal. Services are terribly slow, especially to international destinations. Post offices are generally open Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Friday until 3:00pm, although some offices keep longer hours. For packages, it is recommend to use international courier services like DHL, TNT or UPS.
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