Thamel is Kathmandu’s tourism showpiece

September 23, 2012

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Vibrant, bustling with life, bursting with colour… This is how one would describe Thamel, the popular tourist and shopping destination of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is an area that anybody visiting the Himalayan kingdom’s capital in the Kathmandu valley would not want to miss.

Thamel, located centrally in Kathmandu, has been the heart of the city’s tourist industry for over four decades, going right back to the time of the hippie movement when many artistes came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. Though some consider the area as a ‘ghetto’, it is described as a tourist haven by most low-budget travellers.

The narrow streets of the town are lined with small colourful shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, walking gear, bakery products, music, DVDs, books and handicrafts; travel agents and budget hotels are aplenty.

Breathtaking array

Pride of place is given to mountaineering and trekking equipment; there is a wide range of shops selling clothes, shoes, thermal-wear, rafts, camping gear, sleeping bags and anything and everything that may be required by mountain climbers, especially Everest climbers. Thamel is considered by the majority of mountaineers as a pre-base camp and is visited by most tourists who plan mountain-climbing activities.

Walking along the roads of Thamel, we, a group of Sri Lankan journalists taking part in a World Bank and Reuter Foundation media workshop in Nepal, found ourselves dazzled by the breathtaking array of shawls, carpets, woolen items, handicrafts and silk paintings on offer. The amazing riot of colour displayed by the Pashmina and yak’s wool shawls left us wondering as to which one we should finally settle for.

source; Nepal Mountain News

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Mr. Local is a keen environmentalist and a firm believer of Eco Tourism. His philosophy has always been to be actively involved in all aspects of the company. He still leads treks on occasions especially to high altitude in order to remain in touch with both his staffs and clients on the ground.

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