Why Thamel?

Thamel is in Kathmandu. It is a haven for tourists visiting the city. It contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater specifically to western tourists. It is located in the northern region of Kathmandu past the government district on Tridevi Marj. Although some consider it to be overcrowded it has been used by westerners since the 1970's when hippies in the region discovered it. Although now it has become quite commercial. Thamel is an easy walk from anywhere in central Kathmandu. Though the roads can be quite busy during the day, and traffic can be quite heavy.

Why you can do?

There are lots of shops selling everything from glass pipes to Tibetan Singing Bowls. Make sure you haggle the price to about 2/3 of the original price, also never state your price first always let the seller ask for a specific amount of money. There are also a few quiet courtyards that you can find if you look that show why this place attracted peace loving hippies 40 years ago. There are also many nightclubs that open at 10PM.

Other Attractions

Ason market Kathmandu

Distance from Hotel: 1.5km

Ason Markets, highlighting the local bazaars where you discover the true heart of Kathmandu. Learn about vegetables, salts, spices, herbs, utensils, traditional clothing.

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Garden of Dreams

Distance from Hotel: 0.5km

The beautifully restored Swapna Bagaicha, or Garden of Dreams remains one of the most serene and beautiful enclaves in Kathmandu. It's two minutes' walk and one million miles from central Thamel.

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Narayanhiti Palace

Distance from Hotel: 1km

Few things speak clearer to the political changes that have transformed Nepal over the last 15 years than this walled palace at the northern end of Durbar Marg.

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Kathmandu Durbar Square

Distance from Hotel: 2km

Kathmandu’s Durbar Sq was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimised. As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture.

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Pashupatinath Temple

Distance from Hotel: 4km

One of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal – Pashupatinath Temple is located on both banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu.

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Boudhanath Stupa

Distance from Hotel: 6km

The Bodhanath Stupa, just outside of Kathmandu, is one of the largest stupas of its kind in the world, and dates to sometime around the 6th century, possibly even earlier.

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