Thamel, Nepal’s Night Life and The Curfew

When I had taken up this house here, the landlady had forewarned, ‘Don’t be late in the nights.’ I was a bit apprehensive but didn’t want to let go off a good house in an upmarket locality for this small reason. Later, I realised she needn’t have warned. Kathmandu follows a different day-cycle to Delhi.

It believes in ‘Early to bed, early to rise’ dictum. By nine the roads are nearly empty, and by ten the dogs are howling. In addition, I didn’t really make any off-line friends here. So I never did break her rule except on a few occasions when I have colleagues from India visiting.

Now there is a curfew imposed from eleven in the night to four in the dawn. (I won’t get into details as I am not interested in writing about political situation of a country that is not my own; a ‘google news’ search will help you for sure). It does not matter per se. Even when I go to my favorite bar I am usually in much before that hour. But somehow the psychological impact seems to be there. It’s just that hypothetical fear what if I get delayed and am not able to reach home in time! So, past week evenings have been spent at home, browsing or chatting or reading and listening music. Well, not really writing much.

If you are wondering let me assure Kathmandu does have a night life, but not in the style of Bombay or Delhi. There are clubs and a few discos. And the more abundant ‘dance bars’. I have mentioned Belly Dance Bar previously. Compared to erstwhile Mumbai bars, this one was considerably old-fashioned. Since then, I have visited Show Palace on Darbar Marg. Reportedly some top actresses also dance there, though I have not verified the facts. Even though the entrance is seedy, the restaurant is anything but that. There is no skin-show, no lewd gestures and no sleaze. In the mid-nineties, for a small duration, there was a trend in Delhi marriages to have this stage set up with strobe lights and some girl coming and dancing in awkward steps. Show Palace kind of resembles that. Male and female dancers are in equal proportion, and they sway to both Nepalese and Hindi songs. For the affluent, there are clubs – more upmarket and definitely high-end in cost.


Thamel is another night-out place. Known for its economical accommodation providing facilities, it is a favorite haunt for back-packers and budget-tourists, though I cannot vouch for the shops being really inexpensive. At any given point of time, this is where one can find maximum tourists collectively. Even shops are largely selling quaint artifacts, cassettes/CDs or handy trekking outfits/gears; or they are money exchange/transfer outlets.

The entire criss-cross is dotted with myriad multi-cuisine restaurants and bars ranging from American to Thai to Indian to Italian to Mexican foods (the last two win in numbers). Again, the look and feel is definitely more seventies/eighties decade than what we find in, say,Connaught Place in Delhi ! Most music played is old hits – English or Latino. Several ‘sandwich delis’ are also found, but ‘sandwich’ here means a ‘subway’ kind of longish-bun. A few ‘lounge bars’ are also available. The area obviously doesn’t cater much to Indians; even the cassette shops stack few Hindi audio/video. Titles like ‘Little Buddha’ or ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ are more prominently displayed, which gives idea who the target audience is!

Thamel always wears a festive look – bright and vibrant. I like the place, to generally roam around and absorb its throbbing energy.

31 thoughts on “Thamel, Nepal’s Night Life and The Curfew”

  1. Dude i bet you haven’t experienced the nite life of KTM………………
    Actually u don’t kno places and haven’t seen much wat goes on in valley even at 1 or 2 am……………………………………
    Try visiting ktm more presicely………..

  2. I spent 1 month in kathmandu with 12 days n nights enjoying the nightlife that thamel had to offer.

    Myself and friends had a fantastic time every night. We were always welcomed to all the bars/clubs we visited, lets just say that they enjoyed our aussie humour and friendliness

    Id recommend anyone to spend some nights in thamel

  3. Thamel in Kathamandu is reallya good place to hang ot for singles.Hotel accomodation is very cheap here.Yo will find lot of restaruant , bars, dance bars and massage parlour in almost every building.In massage parlour, there are rooms for massage & sex.You will find teen age girls in reception desk.As soon as you will approach them, they will ask you whether you want sex or massage. The price for massage very from Nepali Rs.800-Rs.1600.Massage is for one hour while for sex it is for one stroke.The rate for massge & sex is same.Thamel is a wonderful place to have cheap sex,massage & quality accomodation.Beside this there are other place to visit in Kathamandu.You can visit The famous Pasupati temple, Boudhnath, Sambhunath.You can visit Nagarkota(35KM), Bhaktapur(8 KM)& Popkhra(200KM).

  4. Hello. time i was in KTM .Thamel area is best for quik fuck.go to any massage parlour and ask for fuck.dont ask for.massage.bcz only after few mint the girls will ask you .for sex and he will demand.NRS 500. for one stock….when you will go to massage parlor dont ask for ask for fuck…..tay will ask you for massage 800.NRS for 1 hrs.400 for 30 mint…and 500 for good fuck….hey……..dont agree for massage only pay.400 -500 NRS and get good pussy.hey.go to the thamel…near the HOTEL kathamandu.there is Everst MAssage .buit dont go there……bcz there is no good gairls.all girl are very aged and fat……yes……..if you will go Evest massage center….that ia left odf hotel kthmandu……thare is Sangita…..very good girls……..Only 500 NRS good fuck……….hey.but go only 7 am to 10 Am .and after noon.6 pm to 9 pm..Bcz After 11 Am police can come any time for read….but if you need good girl for have to go.Netural…..Spay …Massage…….befor kTM have to …go….and fuck…..

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