Thamel is the heart of Nepal's tourism. It is the place where tourist get everything they want. It is a colourful and beautiful mixture of craft shops, boutique cafes, trekking gear, and rainbow prayer flags. Ason Bazaar, Durbar Square, Samakushi and Swayambhunath are a mere 10 to 30 minutes walk from Thamel.
Thamel is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the center of Kathmandu. This area has recently emerged as the most popular tourist area of Kathmandu. Thamel has clean narrow streets full of mushrooming lodges, hotels for budget travellers. There are about hundred hotels located in Thamel.
Restaurants, bars and other tourist oriented shops can be seen bustling with activities. In Thamel, you'll never be short of ideas about where to eat. Every couple of paces, you'll find somewhere renowned for its delicious dishes and cosy ambience. At night, Thamel is a twinkling mass of coloured lights, paper lanterns and neon restaurant signs.
Thamel starts in the south at a little place called Tahiti Tole. In the west you find the main street Kantipath, where the standard tourist buses to Pokhara start early in the morning.