Shopping in Nepal

what to Buy?

1. Pashmina shawls

Pashmina shawls happen to be one of the most sought-after products in Nepal. From water Pashmina to silk or cotton blends to 100% Pashmina, you'll find a large variety of such shawls in the markets of Nepal. These are extremely warm and soft, and perfect for gifting purposes. However, the prevalence of counterfeit goods and the rarity of fixed prices make it a challenge to find authentic items, so you need to have a sharp eye here.

Where: Shop from stores that only sell Pashmina or visit a factory in Thamel.Cost: Pashmina/silk blends can be found for NPR 2000 and can go on till NPR 5500, depending upon the quality.

2. Singing Bowls

Be it handmade or machine-made, engraved or plain, made of brass or some other metal, you can find different types of these singing bowls in Nepal at different prices. The sound and vibrations produced by these bowls, when the small wooden stick is rubbed on their rim in a circular motion, create an entrancing atmosphere which is great for meditation and is believed to have healing powers.

Where: Thamel or Durbar MargCost: The price range of Singing Bowls varies from NPR 300 to NPR 2500

3. Khukuri (The Gurkha knife)

Known for its unique slashing edge and style, this traditional knife of Nepal is used as both - a weapon as well as a tool. For tourists, it's an excellent souvenir! Just don't forget to keep it in your check-in luggage when flying back. Also, make sure the size of the knife you buy is allowed to be transported to your country.

Where: You'll find these displayed on the walls in the street markets. A popular place to buy Khukuri is Gorkha Zone Khukuri House in Thamel. Cost: The prices of Khukuri range from NPR 300 to NPR 4000, depending upon the size and quality.

4. Rice Paper Products

The 'rice paper is a handmade paper made of lokta bark found in remote areas of Nepal. You can buy a variety of interesting products made from this paper like writing pads, bound journals, calendars, lampshades, etc.

Where: Many shops in the public markets of Kathmandu and Pokhara sell these products.Cost: Cards can be bought for around NPR 160, lanterns for NPR 400, and diaries/notebooks cost NPR 350 onwards.

5. Beads and jewelry

Markets of Nepal sell a variety of locally made or Indian jewelry. You cannot miss buying Nepalese Ethnic Jewellery - a centuries-old art that passed on from generation to generation and is still preserved by the Newar people, the indigenous group of Nepal. Yak bone jewelry, with its unique engravings and designs, is also a hit among tourists. You can even buy beads from the market and make your own necklace.

Where: Shops and stores in Thamel, Asan market in Kathmandu,, or Baidam lakeside market in Pokhara.Cost: The cost of jewelry is NPR 500 onwards.

6. Handicrafts

Nepal is famous for its rich variety of handicrafts, be it intricately carved wooden sculptures, pottery items, brass wares, and whatnot! The prices are very affordable so shop away and bring these works of art home and beautify your abode.

Where: Shops in Bhaktapur offer a wide range of handicrafts. The Traditional Craftsman's Colony in Patan is also a famous center for Nepalese handicraftCost: NPR 1000 to NPR 10,000

7. Thangka Paintings

These Tibetan Buddhist paintings on cotton/silk applique are one of the best souvenirs you can get in Nepal. These paintings, mounted with textiles and covered with silk, usually depict a Buddhist deity or scene and are often used by practitioners in meditation for forging a link between themselves and the deity.

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