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Thamel, Kathmandu

(3.7/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is the main tourist drag which is vibrant , plenty of bars , restaurants and hotels . A dichotomy of life exists , with plenty to buy but the shop owners were not in your face and not trying to s...  more »
  • Amazing place. Amazing vibe filled around the area. I feel alive everytime i visit with my friends. Such joy and happiness that i would love to experience again and again. 
  • If you are in Kathmandu, Thamel is definitely the place you don't want to miss. From food, to souvenirs, to trekking gear, they have it all. The streets are narrow and busy, and you might feel that yo...  more »