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Thamel, Kathmandu

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#5 of 128 in Sightseeing in Nepal
Neighborhood Tourist Spot
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. Plan to see Thamel and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kathmandu tourist route planner.
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  • Good for shopping.handmade products are really good here. Restaurants are around here. Easy walk around.  more »
  • once you are here in Thamel you feel like you are so familiar with everyone over here. People are really nice and helpful. You can find different shops and restaurant and nice music in the evening, sp...  more »
  • Such an amazing place. Be sure to explore on foot in appropriate footwear (roadway becomes muddy in the rainy season). Lots of touristy type hand made crafts, food, hotels, restaurants and bars. Such ...  more »

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Where to stay in Kathmandu

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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