Freak Street (Jhhonchen Tole), Kathmandu

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. For Freak Street (Jhhonchen Tole) and beyond, use our Kathmandu trip planner to get the most from your Kathmandu vacation.
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  • This ancient road from ten to thirty years ago as the shopping tastes and a must for tourists. There is a street corner drinking tea. With sales of
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  • The freak street used to be popular in last decade I think but now there is no hustlin’ no more shops so you can cancel this street from your places to visit list  more »
  • Boring is an understatement. There are a few identical trinket shops and an electrical shop selling old style cube tv's wth more dust than the Sahara on them. Hugely disappointing.  more »

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