Asan, Kathmandu

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Pore over the broad variety of produce, spices, housewares, and clothing at Asan. The bustling market, spread over streets and narrow alleyways, was once strategically positioned along the India-Tibet trade route and has operated for centuries. Today it contains everything from food to textiles and merchandise, which you can peruse at your leisure among the locals who frequent the market. Various temples and shrines dot the streets of the bazaar, most notably the three-tiered temple to the goddess of abundance, in the southeast corner. Plan to explore and navigate the extremely narrow roads on foot. For Asan and beyond, use our Kathmandu trip itinerary planning site to get the most from your Kathmandu vacation.
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  • The Asan Tole is an important market place as the intersection of two major trade routes since time immemorial and also one of the liveliest places in the already hectic centre of Kathmandu today. Not less than 6 roads converge at this point and from all knatternde motorcycles, bikers, Flock is men with pushcarts or other loads, traders, beggars, tourists, etc. on the place, to disappear again into one of the other 5 streets, what a huge, be and never end up ending chaos is reflected. In addition, the hustle and bustle is amplified that ranked 2 important and much-visited Temple, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities located (the place is known above all for its spice traders). Best man searches for one of the (rare) safe places and can work the whole bustle from a safe distance. In addition there are of course, to propel itself through the surrounding Marktstraßen: Here you will find everything what you need in everyday life - and much more. Oh, Yes: the large map on the "roundabout", indicating the directions of individual streets one to lose not the orientation in the maze of streets is handy.
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  • At Asan Markets you can find just about anything you might need, from spices to clothes, shoes, kitchenware etc. it is busy at any time but even more so after lunch on Saturdays.  more »
  • The little streets south of Thamel, typified by the Siddhidas Marg, are as near as the modern tourist can get to the Kathmandu of the pre-motor days (although there are plenty of motorbikes about!), a...  more »

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