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NEPAL WITH KIDS

Are you planning a holiday in Nepal and you’re not sure if it’s a good travel destination for your kids?

Here’s our advice!

Nepal can offer a wonderful experience to families with children.

Your children will have a lot of fun, witness the unique culture around them, taste new foods, get to encounter some incredible wildlife, see the natural beauty in their surroundings and marvel at what’s going on in this very different part of the world.

With a bit of planning, travelling in Nepal can be surprisingly hassle-free.

 

– Where to stay

Going around some of the narrow and busy streets of Kathmandu can be a problem with kids, unless they are small enough to be carried in a backpack. And, especially during certain times of the year, the air can be polluted.

You can stay instead in the beautiful, pedestrian-only, medieval town centers of Patan or Bhaktapur, a  short 30/40-min drive from Kathmandu, and visit Nepal’s capital with an environmentally-friendly rickshaw, which we are sure will put a smile on your children’s faces. Plus all main tourist attractions in Kathmandu, such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Basantapur are pedestrian zones.

All the other major tourist destinations in Nepal – Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan National Park – are all perfect to stroll around with kids, and the mountain air is incredible.

 

– What to do

The options for children are endless.

In Kathmandu, at Swayambhunath, the iconic Buddhist stupa overlooking Nepal’s capital, and at the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath your little ones can meet many many monkeys (make sure not to feed them or let your kids get too close).

In Pashupatinath, every night during the ceremony of Aarati, people gather dancing and chanting by the Bagmati River while devotees create exceptional optical effects with oil lamps.

Pokhara is a great city for children. They can go for a pony ride, a boat ride on the beautiful Phewa Lake, visit the underground Gupteswar Mahadev cave or the Devi’s waterfall. Teens can usually also try paragliding, “zip flying” or river rafting. Pokhara is one of the world’s best locations for paragliding and has one of world’s longest zip lines.

Trekking is a great activity for the all family and there are many treks at low altitude, starting at 1-2 days in duration. So head out on the trails and immerse yourself in nature!

Jungle activities, such as jeep safari, elephant back safari and canoe rides in Chitwan National Park will reward your kids with amazing experiences and wildlife encounters, including rhinos, elephants, Langur monkeys, crocodiles, deer and, if you’re lucky, bears and tigers.

Finally, the Nepalese culture is diverse and colourful and there are festivals almost every month. During Holi, for examples, people cover themselves in colours and dance and sing in the streets. See our festivals page to learn more.

 

– Transport

Road transport in Nepal often involves lengthy journeys, so flights might be a better option. Normally you can travel to and from any tourist destination with a short 30-min domestic flight.

 

– Hotels

In the main tourist centres, most hotels have triple rooms or family suites with 4 beds.

 

– Food

International cuisine is usually available at all main tourist attractions and Nepali food offers a range of options suitable for children. For example, Dal Bhat’s main component is plain rice, to which you can add garnishes of your liking. You will also find a wide range of stir-fried noodles with meat and vegetables.

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