Patan is one of 3 ancient cities in the Kathmandu Valley (the others being Bhaktapur and Kathmandu City itself). It lies on the other side of the Bagmati River from the capital and is famous for the amazing concentration of temples in its Durbar Square area; more than 600 stupas are scattered throughout its fascinating backstreets. Your sightseeing in Durbar Square will include the 3-storeyed Bhimsen Temple, dedicated to the god of trade and business, the elaborately decorated Vishwanath Temple (below left), guarded by two large stone elephants, Krishna Mandir, before which is a stone column carrying an image of the man-bird Garuda, and the 16th century Jagannarayan Temple, reputed to be the oldest temple in the square. Lining the whole eastern side of Durbar Square is the Royal Palace of Patan. Outside the square, one of the major highlights is the Golden Temple (below right) with its exquisite interior.