Patan is one of the largest cities in Nepal and is located just across the Bagmati river from Kathmandu. Once a fiercely independent city-state, Patan (pah-tan) is now almost a suburb of Kathmandu, separated only by the murky Bagmati River.

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the center of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan is merely 5 km away from the capital city, Kathmandu.