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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  • October 6, 2017
    Much of historic Thamel is swamped by concessions to tourism. Western bars, shops selling fake pashmina and all the blag climbing gear you could wish to see. Certainly not a place that would make you ...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    It is an area of the city full of shops especially for tourists can buy almost everything and also has areas for locals, you don't stroll through the narrow streets. Very interesting
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  • October 5, 2017
    Thamel bazaar is the major attraction over here where goods are purposed to sell to tourists mostly and local people also. The goods and services available here are of good quality.  more »

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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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