Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), Patan (Lalitpur)

(4.6/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
A combination of impressive architecture and intricate ornaments makes Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) Patan's favorite place of worship. A world in itself, this three-storey golden monastery provides a sanctuary of smells and colors with flowers, incense, and high-quality bronze and silver works. A gilded image of Lord Buddha, guardian lions, and a large prayer wheel are among the site's top curiosities, along with special places to feed rats. Watch worshippers in their rituals among butter lamp offerings and prayer wheels in this serene setting just minutes away from the city center. To visit Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) and get the most from your holiday in Patan (Lalitpur), create itinerary details personal to you using our Patan (Lalitpur) vacation route planner.
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  • Needs an example of good care. The local could be beautiful, but this poor care.... Like many places in the region. Not only because of the earthquake, which would be perfectly normal, but before cert...  more »
  • We visited this impressive temple whilst undertaking the Patan walking tour. Intricate art work was a major highlight. Take your time-just sit down and let your eyes to wander. Also walk up the stairs...  more »
  • An excellent temple to visit with a very modest entrance fee. Be sure to go through both floors of the temple. 
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  • Wow ! What a fantastic paranomic or cyclonic pictures added here n there for which the uploaders are thankable. But do plz flag as spam for the wrongly placed photos here, eg. the golden shikh temple of punjab.
  • One of the most beautiful temple in whole Kathmandu valley. Also the best place to relax and have some peace of mind. If possible visit here early morning at 4am, you will just make a time slip to another era.
  • A must visit site when you go to Lalitpur area. One of the most maintained heritage site. They have managed to keep the hundreds of years old tradition almost the same when it comes to carrying out the temple rituals.
  • A place where god still shows its powers. If anything is not according to the rule, it is reflected in someway. Have heard, its a place where mouse chase the cats. One of the holy Buddhist monasteries and the most reputed among the Shakya Clan of Patan area.
  • Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, a golden color metallic covered Buddhist temple ... it is the biggest one in the premises ...