On the border between Thamel, Jyatha and just inside what used to be the old walled city lies Thahiti Chowk. The square itself dates back to the 15th century due to documents describing the central stupa.
The stupa is accessible through a small garden park. Surrounding the garden park along its fence numerous vendors occupy the pavement. Among them is a local vegetable market.
On the northern side of the chowk opposite the stupa is the Nateshwar temple. (Natadreeswarar) dedicated to Nate an incarnation of Shiva.
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There are five intersection leading to Thahiti Chowk, one from Thamel and the rest leading to the old walled in city of Kathmandu.
There's not much else to see or do in Thahiti Chowk however it is the first part of this heritage walk and is rarely visited by tourists. There are several streets leading off the chowk that start other heritage walks in my Kathmandu city and Kathmandu Valley guidebooks.
Thahiti Chowk dates back to the 15th century stupa which is located at its center. The "Thahiti Stupa" is said to have been built by a Tibetan trader who used to live there.
There was a hiti (natural water source with a tap built on it) that the trader discovered produced gold coins. Fearing someone would steal the water spout the trader built this stupa over it to hide the hiti.
The Nateshwar temple opposite the stupa was built much later in the 18th century, The ornate doors are usually close but when they are open you can see three very faded stone statues inside.
Most people pass through Thahiti Chowk with out giving it much time on the way to Basantapur. While the square itself only has two historic buildings there is a small vegetable market here during the day. In the evening the area is popular with tea sellers and street food vendors.
Perhaps the most relevant aspect of Thahiti Chowk for visitors is that it the starting point of several Heritage Walks in Kathmandu. One leads to the new city, one leads to the Kathesimbhu stupa, on to Itum Bahal and Durbar Square.
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