A 20 minutes ride from Kathmandu will land you to the Patan Durbar square. Immediately you will see that the entire area is dotted with handicraft shops. Even the nooks and the corners of the square are occupied by potters and cane weavers producing items both decorative and utilitarian. The cobble stoned and brick laid streets leading to the shrines, temples and monasteries are decked with shops selling copper and brass décor items ranging from statues to lamp stands. When you enter any of the narrow lanes you will see many shops selling gems and ornaments, as well as Thangka painting galleries and woodcraft emporiums.
A short ride away is the Patan Industrial Estate with its numerous factories and showrooms. While the factories give you the eyes- on experience of watching the processes of the people working on handlooms, carpet looms, metal craft, wax works, wood work and other artistic creations. Spread over almost 14 hectares of land, the Estate was established in 1963 with the objective of preserving and developing traditional skills such as metal casting, wood carving and weaving by providing local craftsmen with a convenient place to practice their trades. You will be amazed to see gem studded jewelry, filigreed ornaments, polished statues, intricately carved tables, chests, cabinets, windows, piles of carpets and batik prints.
Another short destination is the Tibetan Refugee Camp, one of the many little Tibet in Kathmandu. Here you see the entire process of making the world famous Nepalese Tibetan carpets of many different knots, hues, designs, sizes and qualities. In fact, the entire village surrounding the camp is a big bazaar of carpet and Tibetan curios.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02:Shopping around Patan’s local market, & back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 03:Transfer to the airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the HotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative from Himkala Adventure warmly welcomes you and transfers to hotel at Thamel. Thamel has been flourished as a tourist destination having modern and ancient combination in architectures, arts, crafts, antique ethnic shops, cyber cafes, textile shops, restaurants and so on. You could explore in your leisure and find soluble yourself. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Shopping around Patan’s local market, & back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we drive to Patan which is 20 minutes drive, about 6 km far from Kathmandu. Patan is the city lies in Lalitpur district. Lalitpur means the city of fine arts. The city boasts with its great artists like Araniko, Siddhiraj, and Abhayaraj. There is still the new generation inheriting the skill from their ancestors and doing their level best for arts and architecture. We find the entire area is dotted with handicraft shops. We see the copper and brass décor items ranging from statues to lamp stands. The narrow lane is found with gem and ornaments shops as well as ornaments galleries and woodcraft. The sound of chisels and hammers can be heard in each nooks and corners. They are found working in their workshops. Patan Industrial Estate offers varieties of handmade items ranging from gems, carpets, metal items, wood items, other artistic creations, statues, thankas etc. Another popular shopping destination is the Tibetan Refugee Camp at Jawalakhel, a short ride away from Patan Durbar Square and Patan Industrail Estate for the genuine carpet lovers of many knots. Tibetan carpets in the show room dazzle us with piles in different sizes, hues and designs. After buying things there around, we drive back to Kathmandu. While returning back, we can find number of handicrafts shops at Kupondole. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Transfer to the airport We depart you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Even in the short span of your visit in Nepal, we feel glad to help and guide you buying things. We hope your journey to the next destination will be safe and happy. Namaste with palms together!!!
This is the itinerary only for those who has very limited time and cannot visit other hill station and other areas. We can make packages as per your necessity.