In Kathmandu, for shopping, there are centres and shops for homeware and furnishings with exquisite carpets from the Nepali origin and plenty of outlets supporting the craft of cooperatives and handicapped women, such as handmade paper products, photo albums, paper lamps, batik and woollens. There is a showhouse with treasures of dhaka weavings, ceramics, block prints, pashminas, woodcrafts, jewellery, knitwear, statues, masks, wood carvings, curios and souvenirs, made of brass and copper with a gold polish or gold plated. The outbuildings surrounding the old Rana complex have been redeveloped to house a warren of chic clothes shops, designer galleries, handicrafts shops, including some restaurants and cafes. Sleeping bags, knitwear and carpets are found in abundance at negotiable prices, along with a variety of Indian and Internationally branded gear and other innumerable items to motivate the buyer!
In Kathmandu, for food, you could try the best bookstore which is strong with antiquarian travelogues including a tempting tea house and a vegetarian restaurant behind. There are bright, buzzy and popular restaurants selling Middle Eastern dishes, eateries with a dramatic and regal Victorian setting embedded with crystal and linen, catering food to Royal taste. There is a Bhanchha Ghar and Bhojan Griha for pure traditional and vegetarian food, in contrast to the Korean, Italian, French and Tibetan food being served elsewhere in the city. If moving around the former Rana Palace, you could could share your dining space with the ambassadors and ministers in a top-end restaurant around a charming ambience. Of course, there are spots, selling American and European style breakfast, snacks and brunch.and Italian bistros selling cheese, spinach and walnut ravioli, sinfully rich chocolate torte, gelato and the ever sparkling wines and liqueurs for that romantically drunken effect! The legally pronounced casinos are there for an exploration and an after-dinner snacks, beverages and perhaps, even an ice-cream!
Nepal experiences five seasons, such as summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. The Himalaya blocks cold winds from Central Asia in the winter and forms the northern limit of the monsoon wind patterns. In a land once thickly forested, deforestation is a major problem in all regions, with resulting erosion and degradation of ecosystems. Recommended for a holiday throughout the year, as there are enough indoor activities to keep you occupied and interestingly involved, even if it is very cold or raining outside.