Thamel Area, Kathmandu

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  • Sunset in Pohkara over the lake
    Sunset in Pohkara over the lake
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    Thamel Area Shops: Thamel is touristy, but for good reason

    by toosahn Written Apr 13, 2012

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    Moondance Restaurant in Pohkara - worth a visit
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    I didn't really pay attention to the specific names of any shops, but Thamel area is full of small, privately owned shops selling trekking clothes, felt bags and hats, scarves, meditation bowls, paper lanterns and all sorts of other things made from handmade paper, Buddist statues, jewelry, clothes, anything you can imagine. Everyone is willing to bargain. The advice given to me was to offer half of the price you are quoted. I've been told that before and it was not good advice, but it seemed to work here, especially for the trekking clothes. But be reasonable. If the price is already cheap, like for the paper lanterns I bought, don't insult them by offering half. I didn't bother to haggle over a couple of dollars, but if I had, admittedly my rupees would have gone a lot further. They still went pretty far though. Shopping in Thamel is fun, the people are friendly but not pushy, and there is a huge selection of great things to buy!!!

    What to buy: meditation bowls, trekking clothes, anything Ganesh or Shiva, handmade paper, jewelry

    What to pay: You can find anything from 1USD to 10,000 USD in Thamel I think.

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    Thamel Area: Embroidered Jacket

    by AlettaCrofton Written Jul 4, 2010

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    Selecting my embroidered silk jacket

    There are many shops in Thamel that sell plain and embroidered pashminas and jackets.

    What to buy: Some embroidered jackets are made of wool or wool mixes and some are made of raw silk. This one caught my eye!

    What to pay: About 7,000 rupees (one hundred dollars)

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    Thamel Area: Where the street has everthing...

    by kunntz Written Apr 1, 2010

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    In Thamel, you can find travel gears, accessories, clothes, laundry shops, money changers, restaurants, book shops, gifts shops, cafes, travel agents, almost everything. Dont be surprised if someone comes up to discreetly and says "Hashish? Dope? I got the best stuff. Wanna buy?" A simple "no, thanks" or a shake of head will do. Also, if you are not gonna buy anything, don't waste the retailers' time asking for the 'best price'. Have a look around the 1st time so you know what you want and where to get it from. The 2nd time round, go knowing what you want and get it. If its affordable, buy it - its that simple. The Thamel shopping area can be reached by a 5-min walk from the hotel I recommended in my hotel tip page.

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    Thamel Area, North Face: The North Face - the real one ...

    by Saagar Written Mar 11, 2010

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    The North Face outlet on Tridevi marg is the only official dealer in Nepal. That means, most of the other North face stuff is either second hand or fake. In my opinion North Face isn't a particular good brand for my uses, but I occasionally buy clothes there in lieu of anything better. Too much fashion, too little function, occasionally.

    The stuff here is mostly surplus production sent over from factories in Asia, and you may not find the items in contemporary catalogues. They will normally not have the same products coming in again if they have sold out. Nearbu is the sherpa Outdoor store, a local production just as good and the moeny stays in the country... , and United Brands and a few others. So you can compare goods and prices.

    What to buy: I like their shirts.

    What to pay: The price level is at the high end on the Nepali market, but fairly cheap from an American or European point of view. You can equip yourself for half the price of what you do in N. America and Europe.

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    Thamel Area - MapPoint Nepal: Good selection of posters

    by Saagar Updated Mar 11, 2010

    MapPoint Nepal in the turn of the road just up from Tom&Jerry's carries the best selection posters that I have found in Kathmandu. That is, if you like mountain panorama posters.

    What to buy: There are some spectacular Himalayan sceneries to choose among. Beware of quality, they fade quickly if hanging exposed to sunlight when you return home.
    Get them rolled up in a cardboard tube for the trip home.

    What to pay: 150-1500 Rs depending on size and quality.

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    Thamel Area: Good place to buy fake mountaneeiring gear.

    by euzkadi Written Sep 30, 2009

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    Thamel is a very good place to buy fake North Face or Columbia mountaneering gear, but it´s also a good place to buy handicrafts (Tibetan Paintings, wooden statues, puppets, etc), maybe you can get lower prices in other stores outside Thamel, but you won´t find the diversity of shops.

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    Thamel Area: Everything you need

    by PierreZA Written Feb 21, 2009

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    Knitware made in Kathmandu

    You will most probably find everything you want to buy in Nepal in Thamel. There are many, many shops selling souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, carpets, books etc. There are also a fair amount of bakeries and supermarkets for everyday needs.
    There are many shops selling similar goods, so do shop around to get the best deals.

    What to buy: Clothing
    Souvenirs
    Wool products
    Books etc etc

    What to pay: Haggle!

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    Thamel Area: It's full of shops

    by mrotsmit Written Jul 16, 2008

    Thamel is mostly shops, there's really only about 5 kinds of shops and they're repeated all over the neighborhood - pretty much the same, so if you see something you want, no need to look further.

    What to buy: T-shirts
    Mandala paintings
    Wood carvings
    Metal crafts
    Musical...

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  • Khukuri house: Shopping gurkha kukri/khukuri/knife

    by Jaysan Written Feb 27, 2007

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    Any visitor visiting Nepal/kathmandu/thamel ought to visit this cool store called "Khukuri House" in thamel area. Kukris/khukuris are the coolest gifts to take away from Nepal as they are unique and the most useful gift one can give and its worth collecting if you are a knife fanatic. Try buying the kukri what the soldiers carry because they are the army that made them famous using them in world war I - II scaring away germans and japanese. Buy the kukri called the "Historic". It only costs Nepalese Ruppes Rs.1150.00 (US$17.00).

    I am treasuring it now.

    What to buy: Gurkha knives called kukri-khukuri are must to buy from Nepal. Its the knife that put Nepalese warrior in history book and now popularly known as Gurkha soldier.

    What to pay: Nepalese currency Rs. 1150.00

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    Thamel Area: Great place for some bargains!

    by halfbeat Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    Thamel is a great place for some shopping. Most of the shops seemed to be open quite late, i wandered round at night and some were still open well after 8pm. Discussions on price are very much in order, i dont think i payed the asking price on anything.... it was all fun though and i think both parties end up with a fair price at the end.
    Traditional Nepalese arts and crafts are everywhere aswell as things like books, dvd's and cd's. Lots of shops sell trekking gear if you need any for a trip.... most of which seemed reasonable, and definitely cheaper than trying to buy it while you are on your trek e.g. Lukla or Namche Bazar. Some of it is fake though, and not sure if i would be able to tell the difference on all of it..... be careful!
    Quite a few people trying to sell things on the streets aswell, bracelets, food, drugs... most of which, if you say "no thankyou" will respect that and move on.
    Found a great shop for the Ghurka Khukuri knives... "Khukuri house" quality knives and really quite cheap!
    Pashmina is sold in a lot of shops there.... good present for the wife or girlfriend. :-) Tibetan style painted Thangkas are also available in lots of shops... some of which really were fabulous, but the good ones are quite expensive because of the amount of work that goes into them.

    What to buy: Nepalese arts and crafts... prayer wheels, flags, paper goods, jewellery, pashmina goods, khukuri knives, Tibetan thangkas.
    Cd's, dvd's and books. All really cheap!
    Trekking and mountaineering clothes and gear.

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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Budget Travel

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    Thamel Area: Need to shop?! Then go str8 to Thamel

    by schlumpf Written Feb 21, 2005

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    The most common street to shop is Thamel, a.k.a. the tourist ghetto.
    Indeed all those streets are fullfilled of every kind of GH, hostel, low level hotel, restaurant, bars, shops, libreries and so on.
    For a day, it could be also nice to shop walking up and down to his treets, but keep in mid to bargain, as the price here might be higher then in other parts...
    What is in a way cool, is that here you will find lamoust all the things produced, imported or distributed in the whole Nepal, from hand made papers, incens, Kaiga, to Tshirt hand made (you will see also some labouratories on the street’s side) and so on...

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    Thamel Area: A Shopping Heaven

    by illa Written Aug 27, 2004
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    What to buy: Themel is full of small shops where you can find your souvernir of everything, silk, cashmere, musical instruments, crafts, books, Nepalese tea with beutiful bags, knives...

    I personally like paper lamp cover very much. Negotiating the the price of 40Rs each, I bought a lot with different kinds of designs.

    What to pay: 40Rs/each

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    Thamel Area: Nice shopping - But Bargain

    by XKuger Written Nov 18, 2003

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    Everest from Gokyo Ri

    I shopped from a number of shops in the Thamel area and bought different sovineer items.

    The prices they quote are nowhere near what you expect to pay. You can bargain them down. All prices have this bargaining factor in built into them so if you pay the sticker you will definitly be ripped off.

    What to buy: There are a number of things that you can buy.

    - Fantastic Thenka paintings
    - Handicrafts ( fine metal work)
    - Wood carvings
    - Prayer wheels

    What to pay: Remember there are number of shops and you can ask around and once you know the going price start the negotataion. Usually you can retuce it by at least 30% to 40%.

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    I don't remember: You can buy everthing

    by KasiaWin Updated Apr 5, 2003

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    my new jacket

    There are many, many shops....

    What to buy: I bought so much things: Gifts,clothes, trek equipment, sweet, alcohol, chess - everything you can buy in Kathmandu.
    I bought woolen jacket with polar inside, first jacket with bright colour and second - soft colour and for my husband with soft colour.
    Starting price - 1500 Rs / 19 USD/ and my final price 900 Rs / 11 USD/.
    Everything is rather inexpencive.

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    Thamel

    by yumiyun Written Mar 19, 2003

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    Thamel area is full of gift shops (besides hotels and restaurants). Most of them carry pretty much similar things. Jewelry shops with silver and semi-precious stone ornaments (particularly turquoise). Clothing shop with printed pants, embroidary shirt etc. Also rice paper products such as lanterns and calenders seem to be popular. You can find both Nepali and Tibetan crafts here since there are many Tibetans around.

    What to pay: King of barganing pays less.

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