The day after the trek came.
From yesterday’s fun-filled adventure, I was unfortunately not feeling well. Lots of factors, but I’ll leave it up to your imagination why.
I was clearly out of my usual self when I almost told Fajer (of Escape Travels) that I was sick. It was there at the tip of my tongue, but just a few steps before approaching him, I decided to just take it all in and seize the moment. It might take a while for me to get back to Nepal, so screw being sick, time to wander.
Patan Durbar Square is huge! It is one of the Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley (the first one is the Kathmandu Durbar Square which we unfortunately visited at dusk–here; the other one is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square that we will visit after).
The whole square was filled with a variety of religious temples, idols, a palace, an open court, a water fountain, and a lot of locals hanging out.
Here’s a view of the royal palace on the east of the square.
I wasn’t able to count how many Hindu temples were there. Some of them were big, around 3-4 floor levels, while some of them were really small.
Among them, my favorite is the Krishna Temple.
The very beautiful Krishna Temple
They were unique in a sense that each temple’s craftsmanship was very intricate. Though the interpretation of the designs were unique, they all embodied Hindu beliefs.
What opened my eyes (wide–literally!) was a detail about a woman “doing it” with a horse. I mean…
I know kamasutra and all that. I know. It was evident in the temples’ erotic design that clearly, it is very very important.
But I didn’t know that the “stories” about doing it with a horse was legit and was actually derived somewhere in South Asia.
According to my research, this is a ritual performed back in the day by the Hindu kings wherein they sacrifice a dead horse to copulate with the queen for “prosperity and fertility” of their kingdoms. It is called the Ashvamedha Yajna.
The horse in that image doesn’t look dead to me. And there’s no cloth (as described in the ritual) to cover them up.
Okay, moving on…
We entered the palace and sat there for a while. There must be some kind of exhibit inside because there were several standees and plenty of feet pairs in the main ground.
Here’s the detailed design of one of the pillars inside the palace.
After an hour (or so) of walking around, we left the square and headed of to a smaller, but just as beautiful Golden temple nearby, which I will put on a separate post.
Not much to tell, except that I’ve overcome my being sick, I was intrigued by some of the sculptures in the temples, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful the Krishna temple is, and I got myself three tiny elephant figurines for Rs 100 (which is more than US$ 1) instead of paying for Rs 200 and was given a free pouch for it.
Entrance Fee for Patan Durbar Square is Rs 200, which is a little over US$ 2.
There is no actual entrance gate (they’re very trustworthy), but of course we should still pay as tourism is also another source of income in Nepal.
If you intend on visiting Nepal soon, or flying through Kathmandu for a trek to any of the basecamps in Nepal (e.g. Everest, Annapurna), I would suggest to take a quick stop to visit the Durbar Square and see the beauty of the temples in the Kathmandu Valley. My favorite of course is in Patan.
Until then! x