Patan city is 15 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River.
It is the third largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara and it is located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. Patan is also known as Manigal. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is called the city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Its an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city is known for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts and as the birthplace of master craftsmen and artists such as Arniko and Kuber Singh Shakya.