Freak Street, Kathmandu
Freak street is the street where all the backpacker tourism to Nepal started in the 1960's.
This was where all the hippies came to sit and smoke funny tobacco in exotic surroundings.
The street used to be packed with foreigners, but today it has become a fairly quiet street and they have even given it it's former name Jochne back (it was oficially called Freak street for a few years).
You still see a little bit of hippie life there in forms of a couple of tatoo and piercing artists and a few hippie cafes, but most of that enviroment has today moved up to the Thamel area.
I think it´s still worth taking a walk down the street if you are a little interested in history like i am, cause this was really an iconic street in the old hippie days.
Freak Street runs off Basantapur Square. It was once the the hang-out of long haired hippies from the west when they visited Kathmandu. in the 1960s. It is much quieter nowadays with some interesting shops and views up towards the palace. If you exit Durbar Square here, you need proof that you have paid your entrance fee to get back in.
Running south from Durbar and Basantapur squares, it is properly called Jhochhen Tole, but is better known as Freak Street, a name acquired in the 60s and 70s when it was the hang-out of the hippies who had come overland to India, and found Kathmandu to be a Shangri-la of cheap rooms and cheaper dope! It became the big tourist centre of Kathmandu, and although these days it has been overtaken by Thamel, it's still a great place to hang out. If you're after a quieter pace of life, real budget places and don't mind things being basic, and above all like being right in the heart of all the sights most people just get a quick tour around, this is the place for you!