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"Walking tours" Top 5 Page for this destination Kathmandu area Tip by josephescu

Kathmandu area, Kathmandu: 29 reviews and 59 photos


Crowded backstreets of the old town - Take a walk in the backstreets, and the amazing cultural and artistic heritage reveals itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chills and rice, and many hobbit sized workshops largely unchanged since the middle ages.
A stroll around Kathmandu’s backstreets will lead the casual wanderer to many intriguing sights, especially in the crowded maze of streets and courtyards in the area north to Durbar sq. There are temples, shrines and sculptures hidden away in the most unlikely of places. Something that would be a priced possession in many European museums is here used as a plaything or a washing line.

Freak street – focus of KTM overland scene during the hippie era, little remains to testify of the good old days,

Thamel – bursting with dozens of hotels restaurants, internet cafes, travel agencies and shops, tourist ghetto or backpacker district. Kathmandu maybe a travellers Mecca since the 60’s, but these days you are less likely to see a tie/dyed hippy in search of enlightenment than a well-heeled Gore-Tex-clad tourist in search for a good espresso.

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  • Updated Jul 7, 2007
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