What is the best area to stay in Kathmandu?
Kathmandu is the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the largest Himalayan state in Asia. Kathmandu is the historic, artistic, cultural and economic capital of Nepal, and is without a doubt the most popular city for tourists in the Himalayas.
The area of Thamel is most definitely the best place to stay in Kathmandu. Hundreds of restaurants, hotels and shops fill this neighbourhood, offering everything a tourist could possible wish for. It´s a very picturesque commercial area, bursting with colour, and which is full of activity during the day. Hotel and restaurant prices are also very affordable, and although you may need to haggle a bit to get good prices, shops also offer some great bargains.
The area can take a bit of getting used to when visiting for the first time: there are no signs with street names or any other types of signs for that matter. It is a chaotic group of totally disorganized streets, yet this is exactly what gives it such a unique and individual identity. Thamel offers easy access on foot to the Durbar Square and Thamel Marg, as well as being within walking distance of several public transport options for trips to see other attractions in Kathmandu. You can also get to places such as Patan or Bakthapur in taxi, which you can pick up in Thamel from one of the many taxi ranks, which is a much better option as opposed to picking up taxis from the street.