Like Hunuman Dhoka Durbar Square of Kathmandu there is another Durbar Square in Patan or Lalitpur. Patan does lie in Kathmandu valley as well. The most beautiful place full of craftsmanship artifacts is the Patan is Patan Durbar Square. It is believed that it was ruled by Kirates, Lichchavis, and Mallas. It is another ancient Newari architecture of Nepal. There are many temples made by the Malla kings. It is also known as Lalitpur and Yela De in Nepal Bhasa language.
The Durbar area has magnificent crafts of wood, stone, and metals. The palace contains three beautiful chowks (open area created by the surrounding small old buildings) and beautiful garden. There typical Nepalese style of two- to three-storied buildings. Magnificent wood carvings of the gates and windows can be viewed with a beautiful pond built by Siddhinarshingh Malla which is believed that it has been used for the bathing of the royal family and royal priest.
Patan Durbar Square is full of the most artistic and architectural temples, images, and monuments. All these artifacts reveals the art of Malla period. It is indeed one of our country’s prosperity and prestige. The most famous Newar artists and master craftsmen like Arniko, Abhay Raj, and Siddhi Raj were all born in Lalitpur. The palace is surrounded by a number of shrines and dabalis.
Personally, it is one of the favorite place of mine too. Couple of months back, we used to play basketball every Saturday and then after our game we used to go there in our bikes and relax there and forget all our fatigue and exhaustion created by the game. We just gather our group in one of the temples where we sit together and watch the beautiful scenario and enjoy the view and then return back home with a sigh of relief and peace in our mind.