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Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Need some advice!

by blodwen181

Need some advice from experienced travelers.

I want to go to Kathmandu for a fortnight or so sometime this year, either May or August. I was thinking of hiring a driver for a day or two to have a look around the valley (I don't want to stay in a tourist centre the whole time). Is this a safe plan? How much can I expect to pay? What places would you reccommend?

Would you reccommend staying in the city or the suburbs? I've found a guesthouse that is 20 minutes from the centre of the city, but is that too far away?

Also, I'll be travelling alone. Nepal is fairly safe for female travellers isn't it?

Thanks in advance

Re: Need some advice!

by into-thin-air

The first thing I would say is that Nepal is a very safe country to visit – But as a single female travelling alone, Personally I think you would be far better off staying in Thamel, This is the main accommodation area for Kathmandu and apart from having the best of the budget hotels, it has Lots of good options for eating and especially in the evenings I am sure you will feel a lot safer having a few travellers around you !!
Also Thamel is within walking distance of Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Then for places like Bodnath, Kopan Monastery and Pashupatinath you could hire a taxi, Or if you wished get up early one morning and take a taxi out to Kopan, have a good look around the Monastery and then walk (1 ½ hours) to Bodnath and then either get a taxi back to Thamel or continue to walk to Pashupatinath and then taxi back from there.
Taxis are very cheap in Nepal and a fare to Bodnath or Pashupatinath would be less than $5 from Thamel and not much more to Kopan
For more ideas of what to do and see around The Kathmandu valley including Bhaktapur, Nagarkot and The Buddha Air Mountain flight please take a look at my Nepal Things to do tips section.
I hope that helps a little but If you need more info then feel free to drop me a line
Happy Travels
PS – May would be better than August, May you might get some pre-monsoon rain but August you will be right in the middle of the monsoon !!

Re: Need some advice!

by marky83

Nepal is a brilliant country and very safe ~ Obviously there are a few issues at the moment but travellers are left alone as it has nothing to do with them. Although it could affect travel.

I do not know all the suburbs but have walked around alot of them and not had an issuue or ever felt in danger or unsafe. If you have any real concerns then stay in Thamel, this is the main tourist area and probably the best (safest) place to stay as your surrounded by other tourists.

A driver is a brilliant way to travel around and again very safe (assuming you book through a decent company). The other option is just to jump in a taxi. I always found the locals to be friendly and help.

Obviously I have only experienced Nepal from a male point of view but all the females i spoke to never had any issues or fears.

Hope this helps.

Re: Need some advice!

by blodwen181

Returned from Nepal about seven weeks ago.
My post-travel experience found that May was a nice time to visit with the tourist season winding down, but it was really, really hot. Thamel was too touristy for me after all so I stayed most of the time in Boudanath, where Kathmandu's biggest stupa is. Much nicer :)
Travelling alone as a female was fine.
And I went with the taxi which you always, always negotiate before you go.

Re: Need some advice!

by into-thin-air

Pleased to hear that in spite of the heat and the crowds in Thamel that you had a good trip – You should build some Nepal pages with your own tips !!
Happy Future Travels

Travel Tips for Kathmandu

Beefy's Kathmandu (Katmandu) Page

by Beefy_SAFC

One of my favourite cities in the world and so much to do. Highlights, too many. Here's a quick list.

Swayambhunath Newar Bhuddist Temple - the monkey temple (good place to see monkeys as well as one the highlights of Kathmandu)

Pashupatinath Hindu Temple - Lot's more to see and is the place where the local Hindu's burn their dead. The main complex is closed to non-Hindus, but there's still plenty to see outside. For example, snake charmers, the cells where the Hindu hermits live and the bloke who likes hanging bricks from his p*n*s to earn tourist dollars. Also the site for the local Mother Teresa's Hospital.

Baudnath (Bodnath, Baudanath) - Tibetan Bhuddist Stupa and very photogenic. Believed to be a site of so much power, that any wish ou make will be granted. Remember to walk clockwise around it.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - a bit of a gathering point and the home of the Kumari and the Royal Palace.

Patan Durbar Square - quieter and more scenic than
Kathmandu Durbar Square. Moving away from the square will bring you to other temples and a small Buddhist Monastery (you need a map).

Bhaktaphur - another Durbar Square, but the streets will take you more temples and craft shops. Outside the Nyatapola Temple, a pagoda has been converted into a teashop and it seems to be a good place to relax or chill out.

Changu Narayan - a Hindu temple complex in a more rural setting. But be careful what you step on as you walk up to it. It's a farming area.

Thamel - now the main shopping, food and 'night out' area, replacing 'Freak Street', the former hippy hangout, to the south. When in Thamel, look for Pilgrims Bookshop, with it's excellent selection of reading material.

Beefy at

Clearing one's throat in a morning.

by ThePeekmeister

It seems that the most sociably acceptable form of clearing one's throat following a busy day's wandering the polluted streets of Kantmandu is to cough as loudly as possible, preferably before 7am. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you may want to follow this up with some spitting.

Pashupatinath, Arya ghat

by sachara

From the bridges and the terraced hill side of the east bank we had a nice view at the ghats. The Arya ghats, just in front of the Pashupatinath Temple are reserved for cremation of the royalty. At the southside of the bridges are four cremation ghats for the common people.
Like in Varanasi, there is almost always a cremation going on. Allthough photographing is permitted, out of respect for the dead and family, I felt uncomfortable to make pictures, so I didn't.

Walk or hire a rickshaw

by schlumpf

Kathmandu city is not that big, all depends where you did decide to overnight.
If you are oivernightin in Thamel, which is very popular, you won’t need any car or any motor transportation, maybe just dropp on some rickshaw to reach the durbar square.
All the other area are so closed that you could reach’em walking.

Durbar Square fare

by illumina about Big Bell

Situated right in the heart of old Kathmandu on Durbar Square, this cosy little restaurant has good food for decent prices, and the ambiance is great. Despite being in such a touristy area, it feels local. They serve Thupka, a Tibetan noodle soup, which is very good. When we were there it was Shivaratri, the power was out, and we ate by candlelight, looking out at the silhouettes of the temples against the starry sky.


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