Coordinates: 27°42′54.56″N 85°18′36.79″E / 27.7151556°N 85.3102194°E / 27.7151556; 85.3102194
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Thamel at night
Thamel at night
Thamel is located in Kathmandu Valley
Location in Kathmandu
Coordinates: 27°42′54.56″N 85°18′36.79″E / 27.7151556°N 85.3102194°E / 27.7151556; 85.3102194
Country   Nepal
ProvinceBagmati Province
Postal Code

Thamel (Nepali: ठमेल) is a commercial neighborhood located in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades, starting from the hippie days, when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. It is considered as the hotspot for tourism inside the Kathmandu valley.[1][2]

Thamel is known by its narrow alleys crowded with various shops and vendors. Commonly sold goods include food, fresh vegetables/fruits, pastries, trekking gear, walking gear, music, DVDs, handicrafts, souvenirs, woolen items and clothes. Travel agencies, small grocery stores, budget hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs also line the streets. Cars, cycle rickshaws, two-wheelers and taxis ply these narrow streets alongside hundreds of pedestrians.

Many restaurants in Thamel serve traditional and continental cuisine. Thamel also acts as the pre-base camp for mountaineers. It boasts a wide range of mountaineering gear shops, foreign money exchange booths, mobile phone shops, along with the numerous travel agents and guest houses.

Thamel is widely regarded as the center of Kathmandu's nightlife and is also popular for its wide range of restaurants and cafés, live music and other attractions frequented by both tourists and locals. [3]

The places near Thamel are Kwabahal, JP Road, Paknajol, Sanchaya Kosh road.[4]

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  1. ^ Arora, Vishal (April 24, 2017). "Exploring Kathmandu's 'Dark Star'". The Diplomat. Retrieved May 28, 2017. It's one of the favorite neighborhoods of foreign backpackers in Nepal, who check in to budget hotels here before leaving for trekking tours or Mount Everest base camps. At first sight, Thamel might look like a tourist hotspot or a red light district, as it boasts numerous hotels, bars, cafés, bookshops, and temples as well as massage parlors and dance bars.
  2. ^ Pandey, Pawan (2022-05-01). "Thamel is buzzing again as tourists return". The Kathmandu Post. Archived from the original on 2022-06-05. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  3. ^ Luitel, Sumitra (2022-07-08). "Here are 5 most popular nightclubs in Kathmandu". Online Khabar. Archived from the original on 2022-08-13. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  4. ^ Thamel declared WiFi Zone Archived 2012-09-05 at

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