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Kathmandu Mountain Bike Day-Trip
"Here is the itinerary of this day of mountain-biking: Kathmandu - Nagarkot: Two-hour bike-ride (about 24km)After Kathmandu hotel pick-up you will be taken to Nagarkot from where you will experience a downhill bike ride descending more than 2800 feet starting from 7100 feet (2164 meters) with glorious mountain vistas from Nagarkot. Then you will have breakfast at one of the finest restaurants. Nagarkot to Telkot: 30-minute downhill bike ride (about 15km)Afterwards you will start riding towards the paved and less-busy Telkot hill and then ride uphill towards Changu Narayan on a dirt-road. Telkot to Changu Narayan: 20-minute bike-ride (about 7km).You will reach Changu Narayan. There you can admire the stone-carvings of lord Vishnu (dating back to the sixth century and attributed to the Newari artists). Changu Narayan is the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley which was built in 4th century A.D. The main attraction of this temple i
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Full Day White Water Rafting Trip on the Trishuli River
"You will be picked up at the meeting spot and transferred to the tourist bus station at 7am. From there you will be driven 3 hours to Charaudi the put-in point where a crowd of friendly local people eagerly wait to watch the proceedings.Once at Charaudi the crew will prepare the rafts after which you will head towards the river for a safety talk and some lessons on how to use paddles. After that you will start your rafting trip during which a number of Class I to Class III rapids are encountered (ratings are all given on the international rating scale).Two hours down the river at 12pm
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Kathmandu Valley Single Track Mountain Bike Tour
"The route takes you from your hotel in Kathmandu to Mudkhu then to Tolkha then to Budhanilkantha and back to your hotel. It is 33km total and an easy ride of 3 to 4 hours.If you wish to enjoy the friendly trails of Mudkhu then Tokha is the area recommended for you. Departing from your place you will navigate about 4km of road traffic before an easy 4km climb on the paved road that reaches Mudkhu. You can stop here to have a cup of tea. From here ride to Tinpipple and then head off road on jeep tracks and village trails riding throug steep climbs and smooth down hills to Budhanilkantha. The stone image there is said to be one of three statues sculpted during the Lichhavi period and called Budhanilkantha named after the huge image of Lord Vishnu.From Budhanilkantha ride back to your hotel in Kathmandu on a 45 min ride through peach roads."
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Thamel Area Tips (16)


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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Mar 19, 2003

I don't remember: You can buy everthing

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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Apr 05, 2003

Thamel Area: Everything you need

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
Wool products
Books etc etc

What to pay Haggle!

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Feb 21, 2009

Mandala's and Kalachacra's

In a lot of shops you can buy this kind of art. Try to look carefuly, some artists are good some are not. It's difficult to get good information from a guide or someone else...

What to buy Go for some self-painted stuff or an ancient work. Prices can differ a lot. I paid 75 USD for a really nice Kalachakra (50 x 50 cm).

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Jan 21, 2003
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Thamel Area: Great place for some bargains!

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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Mar 01, 2006

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

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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Feb 21, 2005

Khukuri house: Shopping gurkha kukri/khukuri/knife

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

Feb 27, 2007

Thamel Area: Nice shopping - But Bargain

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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Nov 18, 2003

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Thamel Area: Good place to buy fake mountaneeiring gear.

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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Sep 30, 2009

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

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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Mar 11, 2010

Thamel Area: Where the street has everthing...

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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Apr 01, 2010

Thamel Area: Embroidered 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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Jul 04, 2010

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The Garden of Dreams

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The Toothache Shrine

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Rani Pokhari

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Shree Pashupatinath Temple

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