Freak Street (Jhhonchen Tole), Kathmandu

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In the 1960s, swarms of hippies from all over the world congregated at Freak Street (Jhhonchen Tole), where they smoked hashish from government-run shops, seeking enlightenment and escape from political frustration. The street has changed since crackdowns in the 1970s: though the buildings remain the same, now they house shops and cafes catering mostly to backpackers. Stop for a drink, to buy souvenirs, or to reminisce with the aging bohemians and shopkeepers about the area's heyday. Add Freak Street (Jhhonchen Tole) and other attractions to your Kathmandu trip itinerary using our Kathmandu itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    There is some interesting history here with the hippy movement in the 60's but that was all shut down under pressure from the US government to ban marijuana in the 70s. How arrogant and imperialistic ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The glory days of Freak Street are long gone. In the 1960's, every traveler coming overland must have stopped here at some point. Nowadays, the street consists of a variety of restaurants, trinket sho...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Great place to find quaint souvenirs, paintings and clothes. Unless otherwise indicated, everything is negotiable we were there in the 2000s  more »

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