Shop for souvenirs from Nepal

  •   2017-03-10  |  nepaltraveller.com

Take the best of Nepal back with you

When you tell your loved ones you’re going somewhere, they’ll probably tell you to get them a souvenir. You might want to take something back yourself, cause there are times when memories just aren’t enough. And here in Nepal you’ll get all sort of souvenirs to take back with you. From paintings to handicrafts and masks to antiques, everything is available for you to take back.

Here's a list of places to shop for such gifts:

Dharmapala Thangka Centre

There are many tourists who come to Nepal for Thangkas alone. Thangkas are traditional, authentic and original paintings made from embroidery and is very different from oil paintings. And if you want the best thangka, you have to visit this place.

Thangka’s are an individual work of art which takes from 6 – 18 months depending on the size and details added to it. The Chief Artist Karsang Lama, has each thangka created under his supervision in strict consent with the traditional basics. These Thangkas aren’t cheap but it’s worth the investment. Thangkas can be a perfect for decorating your walls back home.

Durbar Marg, Kathmandu
Phone No.: 01-4223715
http://www.thangka.de/

Khukuri House

  

It’s safe to say everyone knows about the famous Gorkha warriors who never back down from a fight. Each Gurkha carries a knife with them for situations when his guns fail him. The knife is called a Khukuri and these make great souvenirs to take back home. There are regulations as to how big a Khukuri you can take back with you, but it can be a really interesting item to gift someone or even to put up on your mantle.

These knives are crafted and made right here in Nepal. The Khukuri house since 1993 has been the official supplier of Khukuris for the British Gurkhas. The Khukuri House gives you a wide range of varieties, at very reasonable prices with shipping options backed up by an online payment system.

Ekanta Kuna, Lalitpur

Phone No.: +977-9851033538

Nyano Pashmina

 

Pashmina is another pretty famous item that people seek to take back from Nepal. These handmade shawls and mufflers are soft and warm making them a perfect item to give to close friends and family. They make a fashion statement that never goes out of style and are perfect for any occasion. They are also light and dont take much space when packed making them the ideal gifts to shop for.

Nyano Pashmina claims to produce the best Pashmina in the country and they have been doing so for many years. When you wear one of their products, you are not just wearing a merchandise, you are a part of the sumptuous legacy that has existed for years in the Himalayas. They  also offer cardigans, stoles, blankets etc which gives you a variety of options to choose from.

Narshing Chowk, Thamel Kahtmandu, Nepal
Phone No.: 01-4268713 

One Tree Stop

This is a gallery located in Durbar Marg, Kathmandu that celebrates local craftsmanship and aims to bring attention to exciting new Nepali products and producers. They try to bring it all under one roof by mixing traditional craftsmanship and the latest fashionable designs.

They sell products like traditional notebooks (Bhav), jackets and clothing accessories made from hemp (Stemp), traditional Nepali crafts using fibers (Kopla), board games (Allare) and handwoven fabric (Drichu). All of these items celebrate the best of modern Nepal that you might want to take back with you. Sales of these products help local communities sustain themselves so it’s all for a good cause too.

Durbarmarg (Below Sams Kitchen), Kathmandu
Phone No.: 01-4222636

Other souvenirs you can take back

If you want to go for souvenirs that are not too expensive to gift to friends and colleagues you can shop for them from roadside vendors at the durbar squares in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Singing bowls are good souvenirs to take back with you as they make soothing sounds. Prayer flags and prayer wheels are other interesting items. Statues and masks are equally aluring and most of these items are available at curio chops in the city’s tourist hub Thamel as well. If you go to Bouddha don't forget to shop for these items as the prices there are cheaper.

You can also go to Pashupatinath temple and get some really interesting products from beads to rudrakshas and  Shiva lingas. These are not only nice decorative pieces but some might find a spiritual use to it.

If you want some exquisite wooden craft work, it is best to go to bungamati where the locals make really fascinating designs. You can also talk to the locals and see how they make these fine wooden art works. These can also be found in the Thamel but the prices are higher at the tourist hub.