Kathmandu, the city of plenty
The moment I arrived at the international airport Tribhuvan I was struck with the politeness of the Nepalese people. I had a transfer to the hostel but a taxi driver carried my bag for me even while I was not going with his cab. When I arrived in Thamel, Kathmandu, and strolled through the city I had to catch my breath for a minute. The first impression was chaos, dust, and overcrowded but I quickly realized that this impression was not accurate at all. While spending the following week in Kathmandu I experienced so much friendliness and politeness from the people of Kathmandu.
People want to walk with you for a while to get to know you and improve their English, people offer you to come to drink some masala tea and to make conversation. 8 out of 10 times I walked through Kathmandu alone there was someone coming up to me who wanted to show me around and explain about the temples and stupas found in Kathmandu. After a week, I felt like I belonged; the rickshaws and motorbikes, the momos and dal baht. All the things that make Kathmandu so great are the small things, its people, and its culture.
Thamel offers so many little shops and restaurants ranging from baggy trousers and mountaineering clothing to Nepalese handicrafts and art made by the local inhabitants. It is almost impossible to walk through Kathmandu without being lured into a mandala Thangka art shop. Art students approach you to show their work and explain the art form, which can only be found in Nepal. Finally, Kathmandu changes into a different city during the nighttime. Colorful lights and cheerful banners can be seen through Thamel and plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants can be found to enjoy the Newari food, have local Everest beer or go dancing with whatever music you like.
Thabahi Road, Thamel
Phone: +977 9851 019 279
Tel/Fax: +977 1 4413736/01-4413738