Located between just after Jana Bahal and down from Ason Chowk is a larger square known as Indra Chowk. The square itself is a junction linking to Basantapur (Durbar Square) and many other market streets.
The focal point of Indra Chowk is the large rectangual building known as Akash Bhairab Temple (Indra Mandir). It houses statues of both Bhairab and Indra.
At the junction itself leading to Jana Bahal are two smaller Shiva temples. The black stone Shiva temple is relatviely unique as it's very similar to Krishna temples in design.
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Every year during Indra Jatra (festival) a large statue of Indra is brought out in front of the temple and decorated with flowers for the upcoming parade.
Indra Chowk as a host of local pashimina stalls dotted around it worth checking out. The prices are lower than Thamel but you better be prepared to bargain.
Indra Chowk is often thought of as one of the biggest market junctions in old Kathmandu. While Indra Chowk itself has a small market the chowk itself leads to much larger markets and sights around Kathamndu.
Continuing south from Indra Chowk will bring you to gold and jewellery sellers in Kathmandu. While just a little further on is New Road which is popular for electronics.
To the north are two roads. One leading to Janal Bahal and on to Ason while the other passs through the old city to Itum Bahal.
To the west a street leads you directly to Kathmandu Durbar Square. While to the east various narrow market streets lead through old Kathmandu to Rani Pokhari.
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