This old building, jammed between gleaming brass shops just southwest of Asan Tole, looks decrepit at first glance. Look closer and...
Nara Devi Temple
Halfway between Chhetrapati and Durbar Sq, the Nara Devi Temple is dedicated to Kali, Shiva’s destructive consort. It’s also known as...
The long, rectangular courtyard of the Itum Bahal is the largest bahal (Buddhist monastery courtyard) in the old town and remains a...
We always find ourselves returning to this unpretentious and reliable local place at the southern end of Thamel. The booths give it a...
Kathesimbhu Stupa information
The most popular Tibetan pilgrimage site in the old town is this lovely stupa, a small copy dating from around 1650 of the great Swayambhunath complex. The stupa is set in a hidden courtyard which saw only minor damage in the 2015 earthquake. Just as at Swayambhunath, there is a two-storey pagoda to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox, in the northwestern corner of the square. In the northeast corner is the Drubgon Jangchup Choeling Monastery . It’s just a couple of minutes’ walk south of Thamel.