Shopping in Kathmandu is one of the finest activities that you can experience while going on a trip to Nepal. The best buys here handicrafts and ethnic crafts made by traditional artisans in narrow streets around the Kathmandu valley. If you are planning for a trek in Nepal then you can also get various trekking gears. Thamel is also famous among the local for non designers that are comfortable and inspired by the hippie culture. Casual jeans and t-shirt, trekking gears and equipments, artfacts, Music CDs and hand-made bags as well. As Kathmandu is famous for its arts, culture and cuisine, you can find that the entire area is dotted with handicraft shops. Even the nooks and corners of this area is occupied by porters and cane weavers producing items both decorative and utilitarian. The cobble stoned and brick laid streets leading to the shrines, temples and monasteries are decked with shops selling copper and brass decor items ranging from statues to lamp stands. When you enter any of the narrow lanes you will see many shops selling gems and ornaments.
Other items loved by foreigners in Nepal are thangka painting galleries and woodcraft emporiums. Kathmandu also has lots of individual stores that sells almost everything. It is the busiest hub of the city and you can find almost everything that you want. Popular among the locals for clothes and accessories it also hosts a lot of restaurants and eateries that are very good. If you are conscious about gettings marked and top quality product then you can also get them in Kathmandu. While shopping in Kathmandu can overwhelming, Patan, the neighboring voyagers’ juncture is equally ideal because of the popular market- Mangalbazar and vicinity. Patan is the oldest trading hub of ancient Newars due to which the essence of Newari tradition in trade and business is still present in Patan. The market area is close to the tourist destination and one of the Royal Palaces, Patan Durbar Square.
The traded items and artifacts resembles that of markets in Thamel and Basantapur yet Patan has its own uniqueness and cultural correspondence. The most popular products in Patan cherished by locals and foreigners includes paintings of cityscapes and landscapes of Nepal, photographs of the heritage sites, puppets humanised as Newars and godified as HIndu gods and goddesses, Monuments reflecting hindu and buddhist mythologies so and so. As Nepal is shaped with regards to influences from her two great neighboring countries- India and China, the impact is demonstrated not only in Nepalese culture, religion and tradition but also in trade and business. Nonetheless, souvenirs and artifacts from Nepal has their own unparalleled charm and is exceptionally unique and creative in their own special way.
While Patan is famous for trading beautiful artifacts reflecting hindu and buddhist mythology, ancient Nepal, daily struggles and life of Nepalese and many more, Bhaktapur, the masterpiece of architecture is renowned for the production and trade of handmade pottery exclusively designed and made by the local Newari porters. The enormous trading of pottery items including lamps, piggy banks, vessels, pots, aged chandeliers etc. has not only helped in flourishing tourism but has also served as the earnings for many creative and hard working porters in the town. Pottery trading is Bhaktapur is so famous that the town consists of two pottery squares entirely made for the purpose of buying and selling the clay products.
Besides, in all three cities of the valley, the thrift stores’ selleries tremendously mirroring the hippie era can be bought. These stores are also a tribute to the era in late 60’s and early 70’s where Kathmandu was considered to be a hippie hub. The products from these stores also gives an essence about the simple lifestyle and singularity of Nepalese. Shopping in Kathmandu Valley can be one of your best activities in Nepal as every item has its own history and cultural significance. While taking home your artifacts and souvenirs from Nepal, you will also be taking a part of our culture, tradition, lifestyle and mythology along with you.