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Four Ashokan Stupas of Patan

  • Grade: Easy
  • Duration: 1 Day
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  • Departure: Flexible
  • Best Seasons: All seasons
  • Highest Altitude: 1360
  • Start-Ends: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Price of Package:USD 99

The Buddhist Circuit is a route that follows in the footsteps of the Buddha in Nepal and India. The sites on the route — all over 2,500 years old — are among the most significant and revered for all Buddhists. Besides that Buddhist literature mentions several stories associated with the life of Gautam Buddha. Oriental Journeys organizes tours to the significant sites of Buddhism that might be a great interest of all the Buddhist and other interested from around the world. We recommend this tour to take visitors to the Four Ashokan Stupas of Patan inside Kathmandu Valley.

Patan is the southern outskirt city of Kathmandu Valley. It successfully preserves its ancient art, artefacts and historical prospects for centuries. Once in history, Patan had remained a distinct administrative centre. Furthermore, it had its own Royal Palace Square including several temples, monuments, and squares. The city is an old centre of Buddhism that developed and preserved several Stupas and Monasteries within. Hence, it has become famous for the historical city since ancient time. 

Significance of Ashokan Stupas

The four Ashokan Stupas are a testimony to ancient culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Kathmandu Valley that spread around Patan. Legend claims that the four ancient stupas marking the boundaries of Patan were built when the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka. Ashoka is the one who expands Buddhism far and wide, came to the Valley in the 3rd century BC. He further built four stupas in four corners of the Patan city. All are worth for quick visit, especially during the auspicious full moon of August when Buddhist and Tibetan pilgrims walk around all four stupas in a single day.
Therefore, in order to explore the cultural importance of these four stupas, one should visit Four Ashokan Stupas of Patan. Oriental Journeys is always there to serve you with a very informative guide for this specific tour.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Pick up from your place and 20 minutes drive to Patan
  • Day 02: Free day on your own

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Pick up from your place and 20 minutes drive to Patan


    Among the four stupas of Patan, the southern mound is famous as Lagan Thura Stupa. It is the largest among the four stupas, measuring 47.40 meters in diameter and 11.80 meters in height. The mound is crowned by a recent structure, a miniature cenotaph added on the top. The shrines of Tathagatas (Buddhas) are believed to have been added in 1878. Just south of the Lagankhel bus station, crowning a hilltop and offering good views over southern Patan.


    This Stupa locates about 200 meters east of Tyagal Tole of Patan near the Ring Road. In regards to its perimeter, this stupa is comparatively bigger than the other two Stupas. The perimeter of this Stupa is 75.83 meters and height 10.4 meters. It further has fire Vedica (railing) of height 1.6 meters with one Tathagata in each direction. The dome of 4.5m in height is paved with firebricks with a square Harmika on the top. Along with this, there are three inscriptions which are very difficult to read. Therefore, the eastern stupa is famous for visiting for exploring its art and craft of Patan city.


    The stupa locates on the busy Pulchowk intersection in the western end of Patan. The perimeter of this Stupa is 75.52 meters and it is 12 meters tall. It also has a Vedika of height 1.2 meters with one Tathagata in each direction. The dome is 6.5 meters tall is paved by firebrick. Like Eastern Stupas, it does not have Harmika. However, the thirteen-ring Cakravalis is constructed directly over the dome in a square-shaped pyramid structure in this western stupa. Besides this, a Yasti caps the top. It is covered in the grass beside the main road at Pulchowk. A set of steps leads uphill to the Aksheshwar Mahavihar, a courtyard-style Buddhist monastery on the hilltop.


    This Stupa is comparatively more complex and smaller than the other three. It looks similar to the Swoyambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu. It has a perimeter of 60.62 meters with five Buddha in the Vedika with their consorts except for the Tathagata Vairocana. The Vedika is 1.5 tall and the dome is 5.5 meters in height. A square Harmika sits on the top of the dome. We can see a 13-step Cakravali with a Yasti on top of the Harmika. Just beyond the Kumbeshwar Temple, on the way to the Sankhamul Ghats.

  • Day 02: Free day on your own

Cost Includes

  • Drop and pick up from the airport or hotel
  • An English speaking cultural guide 
  • Temples and monument entry fees
  • All the government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Traveler's Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude for guide and driver
  • Water, Beverages & Meals
  • Any type of Accommodations
  • The cost which is not mentioned in the price includes


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