The three-storey Annapurna Temple in the southeast corner of Asan Tole is dedicated to the goddess of abundance; Annapurna is...
From dawn until dusk the junction of Asan Tole is jammed with vegetable and spice vendors selling everything from yak tails to coconuts....
On the south side of Asan Tole is the Yita Chapal (Southern Pavilion), which was once used for festival dances (the dance platform out...
Casino Anna at the Hotel de l’Annapurna, attracts a mainly Indian crowd.
This bustling local sweet house is the place to reacquaint yourself with South Indian vegetarian snacks such as dosas, idly (pounded...
Rani Pokhari information
This large fenced tank just off Kantipath is said to have been built by King Pratap Malla in 1667 to console his queen over the death of their son (who was trampled by an elephant). The pool (pokhari means pool or small lake) was apparently used during the Malla era for trials by ordeal and later became a favourite suicide spot. During the earthquake, which damaged the flanking pavilions, the area around tank became a refuge for people sleeping outside because of fears of further building collapses.
The tank and its central Shiva Temple is unlocked only one day each year, on the fifth day of the Tihar festival. At other times you can get the best views from the footbridge over the nearby chowk (the chowk has rather optimistically been declared a no-horn zone!).