|The heaviest baggage
for a traveler is an empty purse.
Old English Proverb
Experience in Nepal
Best known for its majestic Himalayas, rich
art, culture and tradition, Nepal is a shopper’s paradise
While in Nepal, shopping turns into a whole new
experience with a huge market catering to every need of yours. The
best of shops are in the capital itself, ranging from fashion wear,
traditional wear, accessories, hand made garments, jewelry, DVDs,
gems, brass items, perfumes, the list is never ending. You name
it and the shops have it! You will be amazed to find genuine international
brand names along side original Nepalese products. The choice of
course is yours as to what you prefer. The shopping spree is not
limited though to Kathmandu only. The markets of Pokhara and Dharan
are also awash with all kinds of products that suit your taste and
Till recent years, supermarkets like the Blue
Bird and Bhat Bhateni reined the capital. But with the recent opening
of Malls like the Kathmandu Mall and the United Trade Center, you
can find everything under one roof at very reasonable prices. But
if you opt for international brand-names, the best choice would
be the King's Way. You can find Ralph Lauren, Nina Ricci, Playboy,
Omega, Samsonite, Benetton and Christian Dior, all lined up on the
either side of the road at King's way.
Nevertheless, genuine, original and unique products of Nepal have
had their own attraction and fan following. You can find hand made
garments that include caps, socks, mittens and other items. Similarly,
Nepal boasts of its traditional Nepalese paper known as 'Rice Paper'.
Many stores in Patan and Thamel sell various items made out of this
special kind of paper. Pashmina and wood carving are other products
of Nepal every tourist would like to posses.
Similarly, Asan is one place you could spend all
day walking your way through the many little streets. The crowded
space of narrow alleys in Asan is mostly jam-packed with hawkers
and small shops on both the sides of the road. You will be amazed
to find shops selling clothes, shoes, beads, gold, vegetable, spices,
flowers, fish, bags....and many more. It could possibly end up being
one of the most chaotic shopping experiences you have ever had.
The only thing you have to take for shopping, apart from money,
are your bargaining skills. You will be shocked to get things at
very low prices if you know how to bargain well.
If you are an avid reader, the Pilgrims book House is the answer.
With outlets at various parts of the city, the store has a stunning
collection of Nepali, Hindi and English books to choose from. The
store also has maps, manuscripts, rare books, music, posters, postcards,
calendars, incense, and more!
A walk along the Kupondole road has many crafts
shop namely Mahaguthi and Dhukuti among others. These shops produce,
export and market crafts from Nepal. These non-profit organizations
aim at economic empowerment of disabled people by working with small
producers and artisans. The profit generated by these shops is used
for rehabilitation centers and for running various projects for
To add the fun element to your shopping experience,
all kind of shops ranging from departmental stores to mall to small
shopping centers have various discount and sale offers. You just
have to be at the right place at the right time to make the most
of your money!
Enjoy your shopping experience and shop till you drop!
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