Thamel is a commercial neighborhood located approximately ten to fifteen minutes away from Kathmandu – the capital of Nepal. Thamel is well known by its narrow alleys crowded with various shops and vendors who most commonly sell fresh vegetables/fruits, food, trekking gear, walking gear, DVDs, handicrafts, souvenirs, woolen items and clothes, it is the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades.
When the sun sets down in Kathmandu, the so-called hippie nightlife of Thamel begins. It is one of the most happening places to visit during the night so ragging music across various pubs and clubs.
The way to a man’s heart is through its stomach and Thamel certainly has hundreds of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops serving the mouth watering Nepali-western dishes along with German bakeries, Italian, Israeli, French to Tibetan, Indian cuisines.
This specific location has become the epicenter for budget travelers and a popular destination for backpackers in recent years.
Recently Thamel has been declared as a ‘traffic free’ zone with the ban on vehicle horns to reduce traffic as well as to develop tourism.
Thamel has evolved itself as a center of entertainment and glamour having local and global experiences of human wonders. It has all sorts of entertainment from visual to physical to mental.
If you are looking to get inked – Thamel has the best tattoo studios and vibrant ethnic culture practiced by its core population.
For all the trek lovers – Thamel also serves as a pre-base camp for mountaineers. It boasts of a wide range of mountaineering gear shops and foreign exchange booths along with many travel agents and guesthouses.
Here comes the relaxation part – Massage Centers have a specialized massage called the Trekkers Recovery Massage that relieves all the stress and tension of trekking. There are many massage parlors and spas in Kathmandu offering massages, sauna, jacuzzi, and other relaxation options. The massages offered include Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, etc.
Holistic healing with Tibetan Medicine – Located near Thamel from Chhetrapati Chowk is Kunphen Medical Centre where you will get one of the best Tibetan herbal treatments – Serving for decades now, this medical center provides treatment through herbal medicine for a wide range of ailments. It is quite famous among the locals.
If you want to escape the city’s commotion and admire nature – Thamel is the perfect spot to spend some time relaxing in an open area in the Garden of Dreams. The garden is also known as the Garden of Six Seasons and is located in Kaiser Mahal, near the entrance to Thamel. The garden with Victorian architecture has beautiful pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture and more.
Last and the most common fact – Budget friendly, Youthful and Most Explore place.
Thamel is a place one should definitely not miss while in Nepal as it caters to all the needs of tourists and the atmosphere here simply makes one feel alive.