Thamel, Kathmandu

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A warren of high-rises and streets packed with eateries, shops, and accommodations, Thamel serves as a haven for backpackers and Western tourists visiting the capital. Use this bustling neighborhood as a base for venturing out into the rest of the capital, but don't leave without indulging in some shopping for locally made souvenirs. After wandering the markets and streets full of vendors, kick back with a drink or a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and bars in the area. Keep your wits about you while exploring, however, as the area does attract pickpockets and scammers. Put Thamel into our Kathmandu road trip planning tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kathmandu.
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  • I needed some time to adjust to the craziness of Thamel. But after 2 days I just loved it! It can be very busy, and then you just turn around the corner, and the peace is there - no sounds/nice odeurs...  more »
  • Before the earthquake of old atmospheric, pavement construction and pile of bricks destroyed a town. It is a little disappointing. Is laid back but has been repaired.
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  • a place worth to know .is very cheerful and pintoresco.tipico district with many restaurants, café shops ect tourist
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Only a few establishments in Kathmandu suffered severe damage in the 2015 earthquake, which means that you can choose from a wide range of sleeping options. From luxurious hotels to inexpensive but cozy lodges, the city offers a suitable place for every type of budget. The neighborhood of Thamel contains most accommodations favored by foreign visitors, including basic guesthouses, budget hotels, and boutique establishments offering deluxe suites. For some of the least expensive options, look along Durbar Marg, a busy street just a few blocks from Thamel.
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