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Thamel, Kathmandu

The Basics

Thamel offers practically everything a visitor to Nepal needs, whether that’s a waterproof jacket, a decent coffee, or a new tattoo. While it’s sometimes dismissively called a tourist ghetto, that isn’t entirely fair. Many Nepalis live and work in Thamel, and there are pockets of traditional culture that include temples and old Newari buildings. But if you’re craving Israeli food or pizza, you’ll find these in Thamel, too.

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Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
$30.77 per adult
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Fantastic experience!!
We had an amazing time with the girls. We were made so welcome. The trip to the market and the rickshaw ride was fun. We made tasty dishes with great company. Can't recommend this enough. A must do for anyone going to Kathmandu.
Claire_C, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kathmandu

star-5
Delicious and comfortable
Jessica_R, Feb 2020
Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
The class was excellent! The food was the best we have had the entire trip and I can’t wait to get back and try what I have learned.
star-5
Great Experience
Dave, Feb 2020
Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
Excellent, the girls were great and made it all look so easy ! Would highly recommend doing this either alone or in a group. Cannot wait to get the recipes and try at home.
star-4
I had a great experience with this...
vtvoyager787, May 2016
3-Hour Thamel Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw in Kathmandu
I had a great experience with this tour. I was picked up from my hotel on time so no waiting around for the guide and driver. The guide had a very pleasant personality and was very knowledgeable. He was very thorough on describing the different parts of Thamel that we went through and provided me with explanations on why the restoration of some temples due to the earthquake damage have been slow. Thamel was a dizzying array of shops, hotels, restaurants, and temples. It was quite an experience being on the rickshaw and navigating through the narrow streets filled with people, cars, and bikes. There's definitely a lot pf photo opportunities so make sure your camera is fully charged! A practical consideration for the rickshaw is that it is not sized for large individuals. The tour ended with lunch before I was taken back to my hotel. The only down side to this tour is the price. It was a bit pricey for a short tour but that's just my opinion. If you don't mind the price, this would be a very interesting tour to take!
star-5
Nepalese Cooking Class
David_B, Feb 2020
Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
The class was a great experience. The girls were very friendly and informative. Easy to follow instructions and produced an excellent meal A great way to have lunch!
star-5
Delicious 4 course meal in Kathmandu
Emma_K, Feb 2020
Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
Absolutely loved this half day cooking class! The ladies who run it speak very good English and are good teachers. All the profits go to a local charity helping to rebuild Nepal after the earthquake so not only are you cooking a delicious 4 course meal, your money is going to a good cause. We also really liked going to the local market to pick up food and a rickshaw ride back. Would highly recommend
star-4
Good work from the local people teaching, But Viator Crap
Juan_K, Mar 2020
Half day cooking class in Thamel kathmandu
The course was good, it helps you understand the life in Kathmandu, going in the bicycles and being pulled by a guy pushing them was nice and of course, the food was good We were in Thamal and they came to pick us up. The only drama was Viator the company that coordinates with the local guys that didn't communicate well the pick-up time (the main purpose of Viator is to collect the money, what happens with the poor local guys who actually do the job doesn't seem important to them, get a confirmation in writing from Viator to avoid problems)

Things to Know Before You Go

  • In late 2017, several of the main streets of Thamel were pedestrianized. It is now quite comfortable to walk around.

  • Thamel is home to some children who live on the street and beg. It’s not advisable to give them money.

  • Thamel is not generally dangerous, but it’s a good idea to be extra careful with your valuables, especially when out at night.

  • Hotels along Thamel Marg can be noisy on weekend nights, with the sound of bars and live music nearby.

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How to Get There

When staying in Kathmandu, there’s a high chance you’ll be staying in Thamel. It’s about a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport. Along with Durbar Marg (a short walk or drive to the east), Thamel is considered central Kathmandu. Kathmandu’s white taxis gather just outside the entrance to Thamel, on Tridevi Sadak and Narsingh Chowk. Wherever you go in Kathmandu you’ll easily be able to find your way back to Thamel in a taxi.

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When to Get There

Thamel is busiest during the peak tourist seasons in Nepal, March-May and September-November. Many of the shops are shut on Saturdays, Nepal’s day of rest. While Thamel is home to many bars and clubs, most places aren’t allowed to stay open beyond midnight, so you’ll find that even the streets of Thamel empty out in the dead of night.

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Walk to the Durbar Square or Swayambhunath

On Saturdays, when Kathmandu’s traffic thins, it’s possible to walk comfortably from Thamel to the iconic sights of the Durbar Square (to the south) or Swayambhunath Stupa (on a hill to the west). Both places take around half an hour to reach on foot, and walking is a good way to get a feel for the architecture, markets, and general everyday life on the streets of Kathmandu.

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