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Shopping in Nepal

  • Angie Ong
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  • September 21, 2014
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Nepal is a paradise for the shopaholic. Unique, handmade products can be the best kind of souvenir for your family and friends.

Shopping can be very rewarding and exciting in Kathmandu. There are plenty of shops on shopping centers and streets that boost numerous kinds of shops. Nepal has some particular areas that are popular for shopping: Patan industrial area in Patan, Tibetan Refugee camp in Pokhara, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square are some of the areas where you can shop and also learn about the process of making these products.

Tourists can find fancier shops here in Kathmandu. They can buy famous brand products such as North Face, Zara, Victoria’s Secret, US Polo, Adidas, Nike and Levi’s. For premium brands and high fashion, Durbar Marg is the consumers’ mecca.


Most popular souvenirs that tourists buy:

1. Pashmina/Cashmere/Shawl:


Pashmina is from the soft underside of a goat, while cashmere is finest underside of a sheep. There are many shops in big cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Patan and Bhaktapur that sell pashmina/cashmere products like blankets, scarves, shawls and clothing. Please note that most of the fancier-named products generally have nylon or cheaper materials woven into them, so please careful before buying it.


2. Singing Bowls


Singing Bowls can be rubbed along their edges with a small wooden stick to produce a harmonious tone, which is said to be healing in quality! Singing bowls were invented in Tibet, but Nepal is the cheapest place to buy them.


3. Prayer Wheels


In many monasteries or in areas where monks are living, one can see monks spinning prayer wheels around. They are available in most markets and are lighter than they look. Inside each is a small scroll with a prayer written out in Tibetan script.


4. Incense and Incense holders


Incense smells nice and helps you to meditate. It is made from the selected best quality herbs from Himalayan regions of Nepal. It is free from chemicals. The long metal tubes with carvings and small gemstones are found in most markets. It is the perfect souvenir from Nepal.


5. Thankas


Thankas are Tibetan art about Buddhism. “Than” means cotton and “Ka” means Arts. It is a painting on cotton cloth often about Buddhist philosophy. Kalachakra Mandala, Wheel of life, Green Tara and White Tara are the most famous kinds of Thanka painting.


Silver-and-Jewelry. Silver and Jewelry


Many tourists come to Nepal just to buy the silver jewelry here. It has a reputation for being over 92% sterling and purchasable at a great price. There are many silversmiths in Kathmandu and we advise to get some ideas before buying it.


7. Nepalese carving and Handicraft.


Wood carvings in Nepal are beautiful. You will easily find carvings and handicraft in the main tourist’s areas. They are newly made and fresh. Some of them may look old, but they are not. Some of vendors use boot polish to give an old looks.


8. Handmade Clothing
Handmade clothing is very popular for tourists. It is unique in design, soft and comfortable to wear. It is inexpensive and do some test about color fastness before putting it into washing machine with other garments.


9. Gurkas Khukuri


Khukuri, traditional long knives, are the lethal and favorite weapon of Gurkhas soldiers. The real and ordinary knives are hard to find in cities. Many found in the tourist markets are specifically for tourists. They are lighter and more shiny. Please make sure not to pack them into your carry-on bag when flying out of Nepal.


10. Tea and Spices


Tea and spices can be another good souvenir to buy in Nepal. Nepal products boast some of the finest quality teas in Asia.

Spices can be easily bought here, especially in local markets outside of tourist areas. Asan markets also carry these spices at an inexpensive price. Please make sure that the spices you buy are fresh and have a manufacturer’s label with the expiration date on them.


11. Trekking Gears


Trekking gears can be very cheap here, but they are not genuine. They can be good for short-term usage and on treks that do not ascend passed the base camps. In the local markets, you can get many less-known Chinese brands, which are good quality and less expensive.

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