1) Thamel – this is the area where I spend most of my time. Below the word “Thamel” on the map, you’ll also see the word “Chhetrapati”. Chhetrapati is the area where my guest house is located. Despite being a completely different area from Thamel the two are literally steps apart. Thamel is also the touristy, trekker area of Kathmandu. All of the quintessential souvenir shops can be found here along with a nice variety of restaurants that cater to just about any type of food you’re looking for.
2) Swayambhunath – I’ve written about this place several times, and photographed it quite a few as well. The area is a place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus and the complex is home to many monasteries and Buddhist schools.
3) Bodhnath – The largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world, the Bodhnath stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Tibetans and Buddhists. This town of Bouddha itself is home to a large community of Tibetans
4) Pashupatinath – I’ve written about and photographed this place several times as well. Pashupatinath is a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus.
5) Patan Durbar Square – Patan, or Lalitpur is one of the three original cities in the Valley (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur). The town is known for crafts and the durbar square area is home to many temples.
6) Road to Bhaktapur – Unfortunately this map doesn’t include Bhaktapur, but the road, indicated by the number 6 is the road you take to get to Bhaktapur
7) Naya Baneshwor – Naya Baneshwor is where the PSCI conference was held that I participated in
8) Kathmandu Durbar Square – I’ve written about this place several times and photographed it quite a bit. Generally considered the heart of old Kathmandu, this square is another world heritage site (along with Pahupatinath, Bodhnath, Swayambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square). The square has a high concentration of old temples and buildings including Kasthamandap and Hanuman Dhoka. Kasthamandap is the temple that supposedly gave Kathmandu its name; its said that the structure is made of the wood of a single tree. Hanuman Dhoka is the original Royal Palace of Kathmandu.