Asan Tole Kathmandu Nepal: A Newari Asian Traditional Market

Asan Tole Kathmandu Nepal: A Newari Asian Traditional Market

Find information about Asan Tole Kathmandu Nepal – A Newari Asian Traditional Market. This post is about Asan Tole, Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu Asan Tole is one of the most famous markets in Nepal.

Asan has alternatively Asan Tole. It is one of the most well-known historical locations in the Kathmandu valley. It is been famous for its crowd bazaar, festival calendar and strategic location.

Tole in Nepali language means street in English. Bazaar in Nepali language means market in English. It is the most popular market in capital of Nepal. It is one of the example of Asian Traditional Market.

Asan tole is one of the places to visit in Kathmandu valley of Nepal. Experiencing Asan tole is one of the things to do in Kathmandu, Nepal. Living views of Asan Tole is one of things to do in Kathmandu, Nepal. Snapping activities of Asan tole in your camera is one of things to do in Asan Tole, Kathmandu, Nepal. At Last but not least, knowing the selling and buying style, techniques, process of the Asian traditional market view live in Asan is one of things to do in Asan Tole, Kathmandu, Nepal. Because Asan Tole is one of the lived example of traditional Asian market (bazaar) in Kathmandu Nepal.

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Asan Tole in Kathmandu is been actually one of western visitors’ favorite places. It is been favourite because one can get chance to experience the daily life of local Nepali. Asan may represent daily life routine of Nepal.

Asan tole is not a tourist attraction area. It is such a place where local Nepali people come here to sell and buy groceries and other amenities for daily life.

There are six roads intersect at this Asan Tole main point.  It is a main route on foot of Thamel area and Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is a diagonal road that cuts through the city from the Kathmandu durbar square across the typical north-south, east-west orientated streets.


Asan was probably an old trading or pilgrim route on foot linking Bouddhanath Stupa with Swayambhunath, the two major world heritage sites in the valley. But it is now route on foot linking Kathmandu Durbar Square with Thamel, the two major tourist attraction points in the valley. It is next step away from the touristy area of Thamel.

If you visit Asan Tole in the morning or evening time, you really have beautiful experience seeing local people run with grocery.

If you love photographing, it is the place to be for photographing. If you love to snap photographs, you could easily spend a whole day wandering and discovering things to do in Asan Tole, Kathmandu.

Along this street, even nowadays, you can see a mass of traditional small shops in typical Newari-style terraced buildings, which are the ‘front to a myriad of passages, court-yards and shrines occupied by a family group.

Here in this Asan Tole you can find the traders, the businesspersons, customers, visitors and the craftsmen in what at first appears to be an unorganized and confused distribution of buildings.

Asan Tole of Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) is in this square that the local farmers from the valley will sell their produce—their vegetable and fruit.

However, in each area, street (tole) specific crafts and business are carried out and the confusion is only created by the recent development of the curio trade, each shop are trying for a better business site.

There is still to be found the place where rice, green grocery, the staple diet of the Nepali population, is traded in the centre of Asan. It is here that people from all over the Kathmandu valley and beyond will come to buy or sell their crop, rice, Dal, Tarkari. Things to do in Asan Tol Kathmandu as tourists / visitors are see the local farmers, traders, and customers of green grocery in the morning and evening time. In the day time, things to do in Asan Tol Kathmandu as tourists / visitors are see customers from the all over the Kathmandu valley and local traders. It is one of most crowd place in the day time.


Customers can get the rice of many different varieties.

Shops are heaped up in front of the picturesque Annapurna Temple. For your kind information Annapurna temple was built in the early part of the nineteenth century. Annapurna temple is also one of another things to see in Asan.

It is here that the sacred cow will wander, scrounging its fodder from an unsuspectmg stall-holder. Branching off these main diagonal streets is a network of smaller streets enclosed by tall, terraced, overhanging buildings where you will find the goldsmiths and silversmiths beating out intricate patterns for jewellery, or the bead and bangle shops and the cloth markets behind the Indra Chowk.

While wandering through these streets keep your eyes open for a religious festival, a wedding, or just someone paying homage to his special deity with colourful floral offerings, sweetmeats, and incense or butter lamps. If you penetrate deeper into these streets, the local and unaffected examples of typical daily life will become apparent; the potters, the mattress-makers and the blacksmiths.

This narrow and bustling street leads to a busy forecourt known as Indra Chowk, in front of the rather garish shrine of Akash Bhairab. Again, this temple follows the unusual form of an upper sanctuary like that of Bhimsen, with shops below. The date of its construction is uncertain, but it does play an important part in many of the religious festivals, especially the festival of Indrajatra, when the large mask of Bhairab is displayed in front of the temple, bedecked with flowers, It is sometimes possible to enter the upper sanctuary to enjoy the bhajan or musical gatherings that take place in the evening.

Continuing along the main street, you enter once again the narrow street of Asan, which is lined with traditional terraced dwellings with their shops and stores at ground level.

Sure it is not clean place, lived example of Asian Traditional Market.

It is a vegetable market in the morning and evening and for the most atmosphere.

Asan Tole is a  central market square in the medieval quarter of Kathmandu valley. It is one of the old, busiest bazaars, swarming with buyers and sellers from sunup to sundown each day.

From dawn until dusk, Asan Tole is jammed with vegetable and spice vendors selling everything of daily uses in one’s family. This is the main point for kitchen shopping. You can get everything for your kitchen. Every day, local products of local farmer from all over the Kathmandu valley is carried to this popular marketplace to sell.

There are banks, restaurants and a post office as well.

The temple of Annapurna Ajima presides over Asan Tole. Annapurna Ajima is the goddess of abundant food grain. A temple of Hindu God Ganeshstands at the northern side of the square.

The courtyards of Takse baha Kwathu baha, Haku baha, Dhalasikwa baha, Dagu baha, Asan baha and Hwakha baha are situated around the perimeter of the square of Asan Tole, Kathmandu, Nepal.

 Asan Tole Kathmandu Nepal: A Newari Asian Traditional Market

Asian Traditional Market, Asian Traditional Bazaar.

Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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