Shopping While You are in Nepal

You've been to the holy temples and stupas, clapping your hands to the tune of folk music from Nepal, sipping sweet hot tea, or "chiya," and stuffed yourself silly on a heaping platter of dal-bhat-tarkari. You are in awe of the rich culture of this beautiful nation, and you want to bring these hues of Nepal home with you. Well, it's feasible because shopping is such a wonderful activity!

The markets in Kathmandu and Pokhara offer a wide selection of intriguing, colorful goods at incredibly low prices, which makes shopping much more enjoyable. Not to mention that Nepal readily accepts Indian Rupee notes in denominations of 50 and 100. Most markets are open from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day. Here is a list of things you should buy and where to get them so you may choose your favorite souvenirs and bring them back as physical reminders of your time in Nepal. So let's begin:

What to Buy in Nepal?

1. Pashmina shawls

One of the most sought-after goods in Nepal is pashmina shawls. Such shawls come in a wide range in Nepali marketplaces, from 100% Pashmina to blends of silk or cotton to water Pashmina. These are wonderful gifts because they are so cozy and cuddly. However, it might be difficult to locate genuine items because of the abundance of fake goods and the scarcity of fixed prices, so you need to have a keen eye here. you can buy them for yourself or for your loved ones. 

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 or more, depending upon the quality.

2. Singing Bowls

Different varieties of these singing bowls are available in Nepal at various price points, whether they are created by hand or machine, have engravings, or are plain and made of brass or another metal. When the little wooden stick is scraped on the rim of these bowls in a circular motion, the sound and vibrations they produce to create a hypnotic ambiance that is excellent for meditation and is thought to have healing properties. A lot of individuals buy these to unwind their minds and spirits, and others even buy them to decorate their homes.

Where: Thamel or Durbar Marg
Cost: The price range of Singing Bowls varies from NPR 1000 to NPR 5000

3. Khukuri (The Gurkha knife)

Khukuri is the traditional Nepalese knife, known for its distinctive slashing edge and form, is used both as a weapon and a tool. This knife is used by the Bir(Brave) Gurkhali to protect our nation and people. It is a fantastic souvenir for visitors! When flying home, just remember to keep it in your checked luggage. Additionally, confirm that the size of the knife you purchase may be shipped to your nation.

Where: These are exhibited on the walls of the street marketplaces. A popular place to buy Khukuri is Gorkha Zone Khukuri House in Thamel.
Cost: The prices of Khukuri range from NPR 1000 to NPR 5000, depending upon the size and quality.

4. Rice Paper Products

The "rice paper" is a handcrafted paper manufactured in Nepal's outlying regions from lokta bark. This paper is used to create a wide range of intriguing goods, including writing pads, bound journals, calendars, lampshades, and more. Visitors can purchase these to take home because it is one of the locally produced goods in Nepal.

Where: These goods are sold in numerous stores throughout the Kathmandu and Pokhara public marketplaces.
Are: Cards cost about 160 NPR, lanterns are 400 NPR, and diaries/notebooks start at 350 NPR.

5. Beads and jewelry

Indian or locally manufactured jewelry is available in Nepali markets. You must get Nepalese ethnic jewelry since it is a centuries-old craft that has been passed down from one generation to the next and is still being upheld by the Newar people, who are Nepal's native inhabitants. Yak bone jewelry is popular among travelers due to its distinctive carvings and patterns. Even better, you can create your own necklace with beads you buy at the market.

Where: The Thamel area of Kathmandu, Asan market, or Baidam lakeside market.
Cost: The cost of jewelry is NPR 500 onwards.

6. Handicrafts

Nepal is renowned for the wide range of handicrafts it produces, including elaborately carved wooden sculptures, ceramics, brass goods, and more. The prices are really reasonable, so shop away and decorate your home with wonderful pieces of art, or give them as gifts to your loved ones who will like receiving them.

Where: A large variety of handicrafts are available in stores in Bhaktapur. An additional well-known location for Nepalese handicrafts is the Traditional Craftsman's Colony in Patan.
Cost: 1,000 to 10,000 NPR

7. Thangka Paintings

One of the nicest souvenirs you can purchase in Nepal is this Tibetan Buddhist artwork on cotton or silk appliqué. These silk-covered paintings with cloth mounts typically feature a Buddhist deity or scene, and practitioners frequently employ them during meditation to establish a connection with the god. It will be good to have one of them in your home.

Where: Markets at Boudha and Bhaktapur.
Price: A3-size paintings cost approximately NPR 5500, while larger works with the finest embroidered frames go for almost NPR 32,500 or more.