A couple of tips will hopefully encourage you choose Nepal as your family vacation destination. Sometimes I see forum questions about where to buy baby formula or what is available for children in Nepal. Baby formula and all the cool kid themed toys are available in Kathmandu. You'll see Hello Kitty items, anime themes, Angry Birds, etc. all over. There are many tiny, toy stores throughout the Valley. There is also a quality children's store in the New Road area called Peanuts. They have good, fixed prices, toys and better quality children's clothing. There are also many book stores where you can buy new or used books, from classics like Dr. Sues and Nancy Drew to a host of other English books. I'd stick to the international classics for children still learning to read because you will find several typos throughout anything written outside of the US or UK. Two surprises here: You will find new book prices to be a real value, but used books are more expensive than US garage sale or second hand store prices.
|Safety precaution: This plant is like the stinging nettle plant in the West, Sisnu. If you touch it your finger will burn for a full day.|
|Unchaperoned boys skinny dipping at a Bhaktapur pokhari.|
|You can see one child here safely riding on his father's shoulders|
There are many throw-away kids on the streets of Kathmandu. They sniff glue, dendrite, so they don't feel so hungry, causing irreversible brain damage. This youngster is one of the street kids I got to know. I suggest taking a street kid to lunch with you. Don't give them money or food unless you open the package so they cannot return it. Don't fall for the 'buy my brother some milk' scam. They want a box of 2,000 NRs. powdered milk that will be promptly returned for half price in cash. This boy, Bijay, remembered me even after a couple years, but hadn't grown at all and had lost his ability to talk by the time I last saw him. These are not usually bad kids, just from poor, rural families that unscrupulous social workers take to exploit, promising them work or an education in Kathmandu. Once on the street they become difficult to re-socialize. The end stages are quite sad with them loosing almost all their brain function, but it's something your children will never forget.
Tip: If your child has a habit of nail biting or putting his/her fingers in their mouth you should break them of such habits before bringing them to a country like Nepal.