Thamel is in Kathmandu, which is a haven for tourists visiting the city. The beautiful district is an easy walk from anywhere in central Kathmandu. The district is fifteen to twenty minutes walk from the centre of Kathmandu, and 20-30 minutes from the airport, if the traffic isn’t bad!
You can earn a breathtaking and memorable experience on visiting the incredible streets, and hideaways in Thamel. When you visit and stay in Thamel, you can enjoy lots of things there – just take a look. Thamel is filled with restaurants, cafes, hotels, food, coffee shops and all serve Nepalese and Western dishes in a single location.
Himalayan Footsteps® organise the most inspiring and wonderful luxury escorted tours in Nepal. If you would like to make a wonderful holiday or trip to explore Thamel’s loveliness, here are some of the attractions Thamel Kathmandu has to offer:
Shopping in Thamel
Is one of the most attractive places for visitors to shop. You can find your favourite everything here. Thamel area, in particular, is a popular choice for souvenirs and handicrafts. A memorable shopping experience, tourists love to return here again and again. Thamel is a shoppers paradise.
Handicraft shops flourish in Thamel. It’s one of the best places to buy handicrafts. There are stalls around Thamel Chowk impressively laid out with Khukuri knives of all sizes, with Buddhist prayers bells, wheels and flags, with masks of Bhairab, and paintings, puppets, coins and carpets. Just about all of Nepal’s indigenous handicrafts are represented here. But a very important thing to remember is to bargain the price to about two/third of the original price.
There are numerous restaurants all throughout Thamel. A good rule is that if it’s busy it’s probably okay and if it’s empty be very aware of the cleanliness of the restaurants. Thamel is known for having better hygiene than other parts of the country. Most hotels will have good restaurants in the same building. The food can be more expensive here than elsewhere in the city and you can expect to spend around NPR 450-650 a plate (around £4-6). This does not include tea or beer. Tea will usually cost NPR 50 and beer can cost from NPR 200-350. If you eat at a restaurant more than once it will be remembered and the proprietors will most likely engage you in conversation. This is a good way to meet local people.
Thamel restaurants and eateries offer food with mouthwatering taste, aroma, and flavour with traditional and global cuisine. Do not miss the tasty Thamel food “Napali Dhal Bhat Tarkari” or vegetables and lentils served with rice! It is just awesome! You can also sample fresh fruits and vegetables.
Thamel at Night
Nighttime in Thamel is all kinds of fun. Once you’ve recovered from your busy day, take to the streets of Thamel. The area is considered to be the biggest and best entertainment district in all of Kathmandu.
There are swathes of pubs, clubs, bars and even casinos to suit every taste lining the streets once the sun goes down. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated evening of champagne and conversation, or a wild night of dancing and shots, Thamel has it all.
But it doesn’t stop there. You can enjoy 24-hour services from restaurants, convenience stores, shopping centres and internet cafes as well.
Don’t worry if you buy too many nice things and run out of cash. There are ATMs all over the district, but be sure to check the exchange rates before you proceed. The machines dispense 100, 500 and 1000 rupee notes.
Bargaining in Thamel is not only expected but welcomed. If you’re obviously foreign it’s not uncommon to be charged up to three times the original price of an item, so be confident and ask for a lower price. One key tip is to let the seller tell you their price before you start to haggle them down.