Thamel in Kathmandu, Nepal
A tourist’s haven!
Rated 4.30/5 ( based on 328 reviews )
Best time to visit
Mar - May, Sep - Nov
Ideal for friends
About Thamel in Kathmandu
Thamel is the hotspot for tourists in Kathmandu. Thamel neighbourhood first became popular during the 1970-80s when hippie culture took over Kathmandu. Unconventional travellers, living out of their backpacks came in the Nepalese capital in hordes, and they all made Thamel their resident hub while in the city. Over the decades, Thamel Kathmandu turned into a bustling centre for shopping, eating or simply strolling around. In 2017, Thamel was declared as a vehicle-free area to get rid of the honking and make the place a safer one for pedestrians. There are around 5-6 main streets in Thamel Nepal, and dozens of other veins and arteries stretching out in different directions. In these streets, one can expect to find literally anything and everything under the roof.
Thamel bazaar is by far the busiest place in Kathmandu on any given day (or night). From exotic bakeries and confectioners to trekking gears, from small curio and handicraft shops to garment and bookstores, from travel agencies to bars and restaurants of all types – shopping in Thamel is nothing short of a small event in itself. Bookstores are a big thing in Thamel. Paradise Bookshop is a vintage one, which trades old books for new ones and has a good collection. For shopping trekking equipment, one can visit North Face Store or the Tibetan-owned Sonam Trekking Store.
Thamel nightlife is something to look forward to the most in Kathmandu. After the day’s sightseeing and afternoon’s shopping sessions are over, the tourists in Kathmandu head towards the various bars, clubs and casinos in Thamel. Rum Doodle is an iconic place that has been visited by every Everest climber ever, starting with Edmund Hillary himself. It is like visiting a shrine for the Mountaineers. Sam’s Bar is another favourite. Funky Buddha and Tome and Jerry’s are great choices too for live music.
Another thing to do in Thamel is natural therapy. There are multiple Thamel massage parlours, spas and salons which cater to tourists for a quick foot massage or a complete back massage to fight jet-lags.
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Bhupendra's 6 days trip to kathmanduI recently traveled to Nepal, covering Kathmandu, Nagarkot, and Pokhara. I am very thankful to Mr. Bhagwat for all the arrangements, including Pasupathi Nath Temple Darshan and other famous places. The trip was a dream come true Mr. Bhagwat planned a perfect trip with excellent accommodations. All the transportation was on time with a good cab and driver. Mr. Bhagwat was personally taking care of each and everything, and he was just a phone call away for anything we need. He is a fantastic person who guided us as well for the excellent shopping places. He provided a very dedicated service with proper follow-up. The only regret from this tour that we missed to view Mount Everest our flight got canceled due to bad weather; however, we got all the refunds. Thanks to the Himalayan tour agency, I will highly recommend them to others who are planning their trips to Nepal.
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Gaurav's 4 days trip to kathmanduWe enjoyed our small trip to Kathmandu and Nagarkot. Bhagwat made good arrangements for the trip. His drivers are good and professional. Bhagwat also arranged for our Everest flight at the last moment. We loved the location of Katmandu Arts hotel. It is right in the midst of the market area.
Mv's 7 days trip to kathmanduFANTASTIC agency and guidance for me It was really awesome moment I have enjoyed in pokhara ..with my family moment
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Murty's 9 days trip to kathmanduThe guidance to choose the proper package and the payment process are smooth and easy. Putting in touch with the chosen local agency to take care of planning details is good. Mr. Bhagwat has provided good local support, provided good drivers.
Arjyak's 6 days trip to kathmanduIt is better to go alone in nepal.its a waste of money.i didn't find the tour as per my expectation.not value for money.
Ratnateja's 7 days trip to kathmanduTravel Agent given good response. But cab provided for pokhara is not in good condition. Also driver is not cooperative, not understanding our communication which resulted we didn't satisfied that part of the tour which covers 60 percent of our tour, due to that particular cab and driver. The cab given troubles in between mid way of our journey which we feel bad. I suggest next pilgrims should check communication of cab driver and check condition of cab before starting long journeys. Rest travel agent is very cooperative and flexible. Agent is given good response and cooperation in every need. My family enjoyed with Everest mountains drive by flight round trip. It is worth seeing.
Niket's 5 days trip to kathmanduFabulous experience. Hotel was very nice. 3 star hotel with all amenities. Staff also very cool and nice. Journey from Kathmandu to pokkhara was very challenging but we enjoyed a lot. Overall an excellent experience and would like to thank to the agent and travel triangle for their help. Sarangkot sunrise view.
Vivek's 5 days trip to kathmanduMy parents loved it... They are so happy that they joined you..
Insta's 6 days trip to kathmanduThe Nepal trip organised by Himalyan Adventure Treks and Tours was surprise for my parents and in laws which was a great experience. The hotels (3* star) was clean and people were very good and helpful. Both Hindi and English language was spoken by the staff which made my parents feel comfortable. Food was Ok but place of stay was superub. Driver named Sagar, who was disciplined and punctual. He drove the car as professional and was good in his work. A very big thanks to Bagwat Ji for organising the memorable tour for my parents in my budget. I would refer him always. A very Big Thank you for this wonderful and memorable trip for my parents. Namaste.
Shivangi's 5 days trip to kathmandueverything was good, one hotel in Kathmandu was not as per the pictures sent to me it was not good enough rest the cab services was nice and payment process was easy.
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FAQ's of kathmandu
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Nepal Plaza, The North Face and Best Shopping Centre are some of the bigger places to shop in Thamel. You can go to Nepal Handloom Silk Industry for some great apparel items.
Big vehicles are not allowed inside the Thamel marketplace. So parking is out of the question. Public transport should be availed while going to this place.
Rum Doodle and Sam’s Bar are the most crowded places in Thamel. Funky Buddha is a popular haunt too.
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