On the other side of Pulchowk Road from Old Patan is the Jhamsikhel neighborhood, which leads into Sanepa. These two adjacent neighborhoods are home to many mid- and long-term foreign residents because of the presence of the United National Headquarters on Pulcowk, the British School, and a few embassies (including Norway and North Korea). It’s easy to find modern apartments to rent in these areas, although quality ranges from poor to very good, and price doesn’t necessarily match quality.
While there are no particular sights of interest in Jhamsikhel or Sanepa, these neighborhoods are a short taxi ride or a half-hour walk to the more interesting Old Patan. There is, however, a huge range of restaurants (including worker-friendly Cafe Soma, and delightful DanRan Japanese restaurant): Jhamsikhel Road is nicknamed Restaurant Road because of the choice available here, and surrounding streets have a similarly wide range.
Elen Turner is a New Zealand-based travel writer and editor (at present) who is married to a Nepali and goes back at every chance. She’s the co-author of two Lonely Planet guidebooks.
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