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 rectangular 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 relatively unique as it's very similar to Krishna temples in design.
Indra Chowk has a host of local pashmina stalls dotted around it worth checking out. The prices are lower than Thamel but you better be prepared to bargain.
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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. Read more about the Indra Jatra Festival in Kathmandu.
King Yalambar of the Kirat Dynasty (800 BCE) is said to be associated with this version of Bhairab (seen on the second floor)
who is the god of tax. The temple itself is unusual due to this open second level
However the temple was constructed by Pratap Malla in the 17th century and also houses a version of Indra who comes out during Indra Jatra
which is the celebration of spring as Indra is the god of rain.
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 Kathmandu. Indeed it's well worth reading the book Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks to truely explore this area..
Continuing south from Indra Chowk will bring you to gold and jewelry sellers in Kathmandu. While just a little further on is New Road which is popular for electronics.
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.
There is no fee to enter Indra Chowk or any of the surrounding temples.
Do be careful of traffic at this junction as it tends to be haphazard. Rush hour 4pm-7pm can grind everything to a halt.
From Ason Chowk or Jana Bahal head directly south towards Indra Chowk.Likewise from the north east exit/entrance to Kathmandu Durbar Square there's a street leading to Indra Chowk.
Map to Indra Chowk
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