Take a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Thamel, a neighborhood of Kathmandu teeming with locals, travelers and mountaineers. A knowledgeable guide accompanies you through the narrow lanes and Thamel market, stopping at several handicraft shops where you can indulge in shopping for local goods. After a Nepalese restaurant lunch, stroll nearby markets with your guide before return transport to your hotel.
Stop At: Thamel, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
Meet your friendly local guide at the hotel lobby in the late morning to begin your rickshaw ride tour through the busy streets of the Thamel area. Board a rickshaw, one of the most common methods of transportation in the Thamel area, and pass by Thamel’s handicrafts shops. On your way, you can stop and shop for various things like pashmina shawls, Nepali carpets and other handicrafts.
Wind your way through the Thamel market and merge onto a narrow alley full of shops. This lane – a great spot for photographers – is where you can purchase several local specialties such as food, fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, trekking gear, walking gear, music, DVDs, handicrafts, souvenirs, woolens and clothes. Travel agencies, small grocery stores, budget hotels and restaurants also line the streets of this area. You will then stop for lunch in Thamel. Many restaurants in Thamel serve traditional and continental cuisine, and prices tend to be significantly higher than in the non-tourist areas.
After your lunch, enjoy a stroll through nearby markets, where you can admire the work of local Thanka painting. 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, pubs, clubs and nightlife, along with the numerous travel agents and guest houses. All in all, Thamel is where a wide range of the Nepalese population heads for employment and entertainment purposes.
After that, you will be transferred back to your hotel.