Special thing to buy when you visit Nepal
- Table of Contents
- Trekking Gears
- Stone and Bead Jewelry
- Tea and spices
- Puppet dolls
Special things to buy in Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal, a country full of natural resources has lots of special things you can buy. A small landlocked country Nepal is extremely rich in beautiful mountains and rich culture. Nepal has always been a place famous for handmade goods. Also, the country is best known for its art and architecture. Metalwork’s, clothing materials, tea, sculpture, paper made materials, dolls, trekking gear, jewelry, etc. are the thing that many of the tourists who come to Nepal wants to buy. You can get lots of adventure experience as well as the best things made in Nepal. There are lots of options for buying gifts for friends, family as well as souvenirs for you. You cannot avoid the beauty of Nepal, and the special things to buy when you visit Nepal would make Nepal remember for a lifetime. Dramatic and dynamic landscapes, serene nature, rich culture, hospitality, environment, etc. are the major highlights of Nepal’s visit. It is hard to get over from the beauty of Nepal.
Have you ever visited Nepal and shopped in infamous places? If not then, I say you have missed the experience of utilizing local products. This article will tell you about the famous products to buy in Nepal that you would love to take back to your home.
You can have a short stroll over local shops, alleyways for buying gifts for your loved ones. You will find a variety of local items to bring back home. Moreover, the area’s most famous for tourists are all filled with decorated stores and stalls. Worrying about what to buy and where to buy is a common problem for, those who visited Nepal for the first time. Thus this article will help to figure out the best things to buy in Nepal. I am sure that after reading this article you would find loads of options for the best things to buy in Nepal.
Here are the lists of Special thing to buy when you visit Nepal.
Pashmina, also known as Cashmere, is made from the hair of a mountain goat called Chyangra or Capra Hircus. It has been popular for centuries among the people as it is made from the wools which are best known for the luxurious wool in the whole world. There are many items found in Nepal made from Pashmina, and the prices vary from product to product. Thamel can be one of the choices as there are many shops where you can find pashmina made items. Nowadays, the duplicates of pashmina are spread widely, so before thinking about buying the product, research is the must.
Pashmina is a special gift that is made from fabrics. Pashmina is the name derived from the Asain word called Cashmere. The price of pashmina varies depending on its quality and the types of it. Shawls and scarfs are the most famous pashminas products. However, you should be aware of the original and duplicate pashmina, as there is lots of Chinese copy of these items nowadays.
Most of the people from around the world come to Nepal trekking gears too. One needs to be careful while purchasing the gears. Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside of Pokhara. For trekking, trekking gears are the essentials, which include trekking shirt, jacket, shoes, Sleeping Bags, and so forth. Kathmandu and Pokhara are popular cities to buy trekking gears. There are many shops which sell Takara are the best places to buy trekking Gear.
Nepal is the country full of adventure and beauty. Thus, trekking in Nepal is a dream of every traveler. Trekking gears are one of the utmost important things for your successful journey. Places like Thamel, Bhaktapur, and Pokhara, etc are all full of trekking gears. You can get a cheap North face knock-in Kathmandu. One advice for you is, be aware of the fake name and brand.
3. Stone and Bead Jewelry
Kathmandu is a well-known city to buy stone and bead jewelry. Bracelets, ear-ring, necklace, ring, and many other items made by the bead and stones are popular among the people. Rudraksha is the most famous among all. Thamel, Durbar Square, and Pashupatinath can be the best place to buy bead and stone jewelry.
Kathmandu is famous for its great gold-based jewelry and great silver products. Not only this, but you can also see the traditional Newari utensils which, are molded in silver and made in the fine products. Buying the variety of local beads making your necklace is a wise choice. Be aware of buying worthless jewelry that is Chinese imports.
Nepali is the country where handicrafts are popular from the very ancient time. Traditionally made goods with hands, look so beautiful, and are used for decorating the houses too. Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Thamel, Patan, are some places for getting the best handmade items. Nepal offers you a unique handicraft such as prayer wheels, puppets, traditional masks, pottery items, and other hemp products. Vividly painted masks of the local gods etc. are decorated beautifully. The wooden carvings, wood boxes and other vases are the best way to make. You can also take various hemp products such as a t-shirt, backpacks, bags, pants, etc ate the most popular things to take.
Choosing the best original things is a real challenge, as many people are selling the fake antique. Real antiques are hard to detect, and Nepal certification is required for taking it.
5. Tea and Coffee
Nepal is the best place to buy organic tea and spices. If you are fond of Tea, then it is a great place to find your choice of tea as there are lots of varieties. Spices like cardamom, pepper, chilly, cumin, and so forth are the famous spices that people buy.
Nepal’s teas are famous products from eastern Nepal. The special local taste you experience from this tea is a real pleasure. Illam is very famous for local tea and can buy at a reasonable price. There are various elegant shops they offer tea tastings, however, the taste of the tea depends on the way the tea leaves are picked.
You can get a lighter taste from the ‘first flush’, more robust for the ‘second flush’.
Especially the teas that are flavored with lemongrass are much popular. The high-quality teas must be drunk with lemon or sugar but not with milk.
Nepal also offers extraordinary organic coffee which is sold all over Nepal. You can buy beans from Himalayan Java Coffee, a reputed coffee house, Kar Ma Coffee.
6. Puppet dolls
For puppet dolls, Bhaktapur city is a popular place to discover. You can buy locally made dolls as a bundle or a piece.
Thangkas are the traditional Buddhist culture paintings that are made in Nepal. From small size to big, this kind of paintings can be found. Bouddha, Swayambhu, Thamel, are the best place to buy Thangkas. A thangka is the unique paintings, made on cotton or silk applique which portrays a Buddhist Deity or mandala.
With the dominant Hindu and Buddhists, some of the best souvenirs from Nepal have a religious significance and meaning. They reflect the faith and culture of the people. Such is Thangka Painting. It consists of the picture panel, over which a textile could be mounted and finally covered in silk. However, it is not a flat art structure.
Khukuri is the national weapon of Nepal. The Gorkha soldiers used Khukuris in the battle in the previous days. This weapon is very stylish; one can also decorate the wall of their house hanging Khukuri. Bhaktapur is the best place to buy Khukuri.
The world’s most famous knife, Khukuri is popular for its unique slashing edges. This traditional knife was used before on the wars around the 1800s. They are of high quality and handcrafted. They can be the perfect souvenir for the collectors. Be aware that the transportation of such items is hard. Knowing about the size limits of such products is a wise idea for easy transporting.
9. Singing Bowls
Another special thing to take from Nepal is Singing Bowls. This can be one of the nicest things to take from Nepal. These bowls are made up of metal, which makes a soothing sound. The rim is rubbed in a circular motion by a wooden stick and produces a soothing sound. Another best part of these bowls is, it produces vibration which depicts healing qualities and creates a meditation vibe. This bowl is in various sizes. However, there are two types of singing bowl, mostly popular they are machine-made and had made. The only difference between these two bowls is in its price. The handmade bowls are more expensive and are made with plain brass color. While the machine-made bowls are symmetrical in structure and cost little less as compared to hand-made bowls.
Nepal is also famous for spices, as they are a lot cheaper in Nepal. It offers varieties of mix masala that add delightful taste in every food. Among them, saffron and Himalayan salt are the most popular and highly sold products. You can get a mixture of garam masala, chicken masala, fish masala, turmeric and many more. Apart from these, buying interesting things such as fresh cinnamon cloves and anise is really fruitful. You can buy such spices in the Ason market in Kathmandu. You can buy bags of spices at a very reasonable price. But, buying bags containing labels is a wise idea.
10. Local Products
Nepal is rich in producing an incredible selection of locally made antiques. Some of the shops sold Ayurvedic soaps and Tibetan juniper incense. You can also get stylish and modern paper products. These paper products are made from the traditional Daphne bush and other handicrafts made from natural fibers. Nepal is also a big producer of felt products and lots of other decorative items. Stoneware ceramics from Thimi are also popular local products. These are found at select cafes, boutique hotels, and other gift shops.
11. Prayer Wheels
Nepal is known for the country of temples. It possesses lots of religious and spiritual importance. It is the home to many monasteries, the stupa, and various temples. People from various parts of the world come to visit Nepal to get blessings from the god.
Prayer wheels could be the best things to buy in your religious or pilgrimage tour. Those wheels could be found in trekking routes and in many monasteries. “Om Mani Padme Hum” is the popular mantra uttered in Tibetan Buddhism. Spinning the wheel has the same importance of saying the prayer in loud.
To the question where to buy such prayer, wheels are it can be found in the popular tourist city of Kathmandu called Thamel. They can rarely be found in local markets and can be found easily in tourist areas.
All in all, Nepal will shower all the love, respect, nature’s beauty and more importantly it offers lots of special things for its remembrance. Buying special products from Nepal is reasonable and of great importance. You can also bargain for the items with a high price, as bargaining are common in Nepal. You can always suggest your guide or any Nepali experts for giving you guidance about the special products and the price. It is common that things in Kathmandu Mahal, supermarkets are more expensive than the normal shops.
Thus, Nepal is the perfect destination for celebrating your happy days, experiencing an adventure task, enjoying recreational activities. You are always welcomed to the land of Himalayas. I am sure that you will be fully served with the beauty of Nepal.
I hope you have a wonderful time in Nepal and a great shopping experience here.