It’s Free Friday – the segment that sniffs out free activities for you to do on your worldly adventures. Today, we’re going high into the Himalayas to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. If you’re a fan of people watching, want an authentic experience, or simply aren’t sure what to see in Nepal, we highly recommend the Asan Market.
Nestled high, high in the Himalayas, two ancient trade routes pass through the mountain capital of Kathmandu. Today, the main industry is tourism – usually centered around Mount Everest. In the center of this ancient capital, at the intersection of six streets, lies the bustling Asan Market. Here, you’ll find everything from vegetables and spices to electronics and yak products.
The tumultuous variety makes for great people watching, even if you don’t intend to purchase anything. You’re sure to get a more authentic experience as this is where the locals go to bargain and worship. A nearby temple is dedicated to the goddess of abundance – quite a fitting deity for a marketplace!
If you’re interested in architecture, it may interest you to learn that the Asan Market is considered a good example of Newar style. The Newar people are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley. Consequently, their culture has been influenced by both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. While Nepal is in many ways a melting pot, the Newar culture is perhaps the most “authentic” culture to the region.
If you’re ready for a visit to fascinating Nepal, give Jaya a ring! We’ll provide you with a customized tour to Kathmandu and beyond!