Nepal wasn’t on my radar to be honest, despite being home to the world’s largest mountains AND being so close. But a press trip took me there, and something unexpected happened. I discovered that I was in a shopper’s heaven in Kathmandu! You can’t end your trip without some Nepal shopping on your list. I am not a shopaholic as such, but I do end up going on a shopping spree when I find something chic & cool. And this is what happened when I ended up going shopping in Nepal. So I thought I’ll share the details of things like Nepal shopping tips and where to find the best shopping places in Nepal.
1. Explore Thamel for vibrant souvenirs & handicrafts
Thamel is the place where I stayed during my travel in Kathmandu. It is a bustling place totally different from the rest of the city, and its numerous accommodation options, cool cafes and art attracts the travelers very quickly. And it is THE place to shop until you drop in Kathmandu, or Nepal if I may put it. If you have time only for one place to shop in Nepal, then you should do shopping in Kathmandu.
First, the hippie culture and the hues will hook you, and then you’ll be spoilt for choice on things to shop.
Whether it is the hand-made jute bags that are trendy and colourful or the hippie clothes or the wooden souvenirs including big, traditional masks, or jewellery – you’ll find all of them in Thamel area. Thamel includes a couple of blocks, some of which are so narrow that it’s easy to get lost!
Check out the Pashmina Shawls that comes in different sizes and materials. You can buy the smallest and the thinnest as an additional fashion accessory or go for the layered ones perfect for winter.
You’ll just love the traditional Thangka paintings if you are into art. Hand made paper arts, Nepalese wares decorated with floral work, statues of Buddha and other Gods made of wood, silver and other metals are worth collecting for souvenirs.