Thamel, the main nightlife zone in the town. Also known as most touristic area in Kathmandu. This place is also known as a tourist hub in Nepal.
Thamel is mostly famous for narrow alleyways with various shops, restaurants, bars, and pubs. Tourists can find everything around the area here, including from trekking items, local Nepali herbs, instruments, jewelry, etc.
There are a lot of things that can be done around Thamel.
Tourists can spend a few hours to almost a month in Thamel.
I’ve listed some of the major things that you can do while you are in Thamel.
In Thamel, you can find almost all dishes available in the country. If you are a food lover or want to try various foods, Thamel is like a paradise for you. There are numerous cuisines around here including local foods to the Indian, continental, Korean, Japanese, continental, etc.
Whenever you are in a foreign country, you would definitely like to try the local food. DO NOT forget to try Dal Bhat and Gundruk Dhindo around Thamel whenever you are here.
Dal Bhat is a local dish cooked in every Nepali home almost daily. Its ingredients are Rice, Pulses, Vegetables, Salad and some Pickles. I would like you to visit Thakali for trying Dal Bhat, they are finger-licking good.
Besides that, Gundruk Dhindo is a local dish that ingredients Gundruk and Dhindo where Gundruk is dried Spanish and Dhindo is made from some flour materials.
Besides that, Thamel has some of the best restaurants around the town that offers you limitless dishes.
Google Can help you with choosing your restaurant yet I would like to suggest to you some of them.
- Muktinath Thakali Kitchen
- Thakali Bhanchha Ghar
- Nepal Tara Halal Food Restaurant
- Kathmandu Steak House Restaurant
- Forest & Plate
Besides the restaurant, I highly recommend you try the local fast food places for quick snacks to get the local dish taste.
Clubbing and Bar hoppings
Thamel has the best nightlife in the town,it is the most happening place during night time. Thamel offers various pubs and bars around.
If you like going out and dancing in the clubs at night, Thamel is the place for you. There are plenty of bars, clubs, and pubs for you.
Some of the most famous bars and clubs in Thamel are:
Purple Haze Rock bar
- Buddha Bar
- Sam’s Bar
- Club Deja Vu
- Club Fahrenheit
- L.O.D(Lord of Drinks)
- Ibyzza lounge and Bar
- Reggae Bar
- The Electric Pagoda
- Irish Pub
Massage, Spa and Natural therapy
Are you tired and restless due to your hiking, trekking or jet-lagged?
Thamel has all the facilities to make you relaxed and stress-free.
There are many places for taking messages and natural therapy that offers you various relaxation options like Deep Tissue Massage, Full Body Massage, sauna, jacuzzi, etc.
Furthermore, these parlors and massage centers have special trekking recovery massage for the ones just back from trekking, cycling or hiking.
Abstrek Wall Climbing
Abstrek wall climbing is located at Thamel, this place has some artificial walls for climbing with different difficulties levels. The wall here is 50m high. Wall climbing is a good form of sport for burning your calories. Furthermore, climbers and trekkers prefer spending some sessions here in abstrek before their trip to some adventure.
Indoor Sports Arena
Indoor Sports Arena is also located at Thamel, this place is famous for archery and some indoor PlayStation games. People come here to relax after stressful time. Tourists love to hang around here and play activities here.
Live Music in Thamel
For the tourists interested in Music, Thamel is the right place. From Jazz to rock and heavy metals, Thamel has everything to offer. You can get all kind of music flavor in Thamel. Most popular bands and artists’ performances can be seen in Thamel.
Organize your trip
If you are in Nepal and unaware of what to do, there are plenty of tours and trekking agencies in Thamel that might help you to plan for your trek. You can plan your entire stay here. Marvel Trek can absolutely help you plan your trip, we are also located in the peak area of Thamel.
You can plan your short trip to Pokhara to months of trekking here in Thamel.
Visit Garden of Dreams
Garden of Dreams is also known as the Sapana ko Bagaicha, which is a quiet area in Thamel. People come here to enjoy the peace and greenery and to stay away from the chaos from the city life. Tourists are mostly seen enjoying books and doing some product stuff like painting and other artworks.
Cultural walk in Thamel
Thamel is at around 10-15 minutes walk from Kathmandu Durbar Square.
That area has all the historical monuments and cultural heritage of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is located at the heart of Kathmandu valley, Basantapur which is located in front of the old royal palace of one of the former king of Kathmandu valley. It is about 7km from Boudhanath stupa.
This Durbar Square was built in the late 14th century and the similar architecture is maintained till date.
Durbar Square is surrounded by temples and other monuments with unique architecture that vividly showcases Newari cultures. Handicrafts and other art and cultures are reflected precisely in this area.
Rickshaw Tour in Thamel
One of the major tourist attractions is traveling through Rickshaw, as most part of Thamel is a vehicle-free zone, tourists travel from one destination to another on a rickshaw.
Whole Kathmandu can be visited via rickshaw whereas Thamel has a different craze for rickshaw ride.
Besides that, there are a lot of places that you can visit in Thamel. You can buy books and other items. You can get gifts and other souvenirs from here. Besides that Thamel provides all the facilities that you imagine during your stay.