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Published: April 10th 2013
busy street of thamel
I love to walk the streets of Thamel. It gave me joy to see a street full of life where tourists throng to this very place for shopping, food and a round trip sightseeing by trishaws. Narrow lanes and roads with hundreds of shops of many choices to haggle from one end to another can be quite tiresome but fun. Shops here usually opens around 11.00am, people busily displaying their products, some yawn the minute they lift up the shutters, Oh what a day to start! But soon the streets began bee-busy a whole new person is born. Tibetan music filled the streets, trishaw men cling-cling their bells to call on customers, flute players playing their tune asking if you would buy one…sorry, I don’t blow. Walking Cowboy hat seller, stacked up of a few hats on his head, quite a good idea, rent free and walking advertisement. Fruit sellers are the early starters; they pushed their bicycles with loads full of fruits on their bicycles, a man proudly hanging all ladies’ lingerie on the balcony, one could hardly miss this from afar. There is one stall full of antiques and souvenirs around the bend of the road, it occupied a
very big space by the five foot path, I wondered how they shift and displayed these everyday or do they ever? Hats, caps, ladies scarves, winter wears and accessories for trekkers and T-shirts everywhere, need to haggled a bit but cheap. If you like books and tea leaves, there are a few. Pork and beef sellers on upper streets of Thamel, closer to Durbar Square where you can see small area of wet market by the five foothpath. One should visit this road, it is very interesting to see the old buildings, little bakery shop to pharmacy, doughnuts fritters to five foot path small Hindu shrines, painted Coca-Cola doors, drum makers to street celebration of a festival seems out of this world compared to Thamel even though they are in the same district.
Try visiting the Gurkhas shop, it is very interesting, they sell daggers, swords and knives. The Gurkhas are the brave warriors of Nepal. They were known to be the loyal guards of the British since the WW1 and WW2. Today, they are the most sought after for security assignments in S.E. Asia. Friendly lots, not to worry. Beautiful Thangkas on display, Posters of Mandalas, Buddhas faces,
eary birds, fruit sellers
beads necklaces and bronze statues of good value. I love them all, but I don’t like nails on my wall and I have so many collections of bronze statues, think I could open a stall in Chinatown in Malaysia…..mmmmm
Western food is commonly found here and they have also some Nepali dishes and Tibetan momos with noodles if you want to try locals. I saw Chinese girls having ommelettes on the street. Look tasty. A vendor with push cart to serve breakfast on the street is a common scene but frying ommelettes is something.
I enjoyed my minimal shopping here, two Nepal T-shirts and a cap (Yes, I am a lousy shopper).
To sum it all, everything is quite affordable and convenient but….
the hotels rates are most expensive.
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