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Best Souvenir to take home from Kathmandu, Nepal

As a memory, there are many best souvenir to take home from Kathmandu after your trip here. Nepal maintains its distinct position in handicraft production since the last several centuries. The unique and renowned architecture, arts, and crafts contributes to establishing a unique image of the country. The woodcrafts, Metalworks, clothing materials, tea, sculpture, paper made materials, dolls, trekking gear, jewelry, etc. are the things of interest for tourists. While traveling to Nepal, the best souvenir to take home may be anything of your interest. Here, I present a glimpse of those unique materials for the traveler’s preference.

1. Pashmina

Pashmina

Pashmina, the warm shawls which is also known as Kashmiri, is made from the inner hair of a mountain goat called Chyangra or Capra Hircus. The luxurious Khasmiri Pashmina shawls are popular among the tourist since the beginning. You can find varieties of items made from Pashmina that will cost according to the quality, volume used, and the product itself. Including Thamel, the products are available in different tourist sites of Kathmandu valley and Pokhara. You need to be aware of the duplicate products as copy products are also widely sold in the market.

2.Trekking Gears

Nepal produces almost all kinds of trekking and expedition gears inside the country. Besides that, the authorized shops of genuine international brands are also available in the markets of Kathmandu and Pokhara. The local trekking gears are available in better quality at a cheaper price. Most of the travelers prefer to buy the locally made trekking gears. One needs an experienced eye to distinguish the quality of the products.

3. Stone and Beads Jewelry

Best Souvenir to take home - Beads

Stone and Beads Jewelries are the best souvenir to take home from Nepal. The products like Bracelets, ear-ring, necklace, ring, and many other items made by the bead and stones are popular among the tourists. Rudraksha is the most famous among all. The shops in Thamel, Bouddha, Patan, Kathmandu Dubar Square, and Pashupatinath and Lakeside of Pokhara sell the products.

4. Handicrafts as the best Souvenir to take home

Nepali is the country where handicrafts are popular from the very ancient time. Traditionally made goods with hands, look so beautiful, and are used for decorating the houses too. Bhaktapur. Durbar Square, Thamel, Patan, are some places for getting the best handmade items.

5. Tea and spices

Darjeeling tea is one of the most famous tea brands in the world. The eastern Nepal bordering Darjeeling and Sikkim produces a high volume of best quality teas. The teas grown in Ilam and the surrounding of eastern Nepal are often sold under the Darjeeling tea brand. Those tea products are available in different shops of Kathmandu. Including pure tea, other brands of teas mixed with spices or made of pure spices are more popular among the tourists visiting Nepal.

The organic tea and spices are much loved. If you are fond of Tea, then it is a great place to find your choice of tea as there are lots of varieties. Spices like cardamom, pepper, chilly, cumin, and so forth are the famous spices that people buy. Nepalese Masala tea is very popular among the visitor coming to Nepal.

6. Puppet dolls

Best Souvenir to take home - Puppets

Puppets of Nepal are unique since they are presented with the masks of different gods and deities. Puppets of lord Ganesh, Bhairab, Kumari are more popular among others. The poppet dolls are available in the Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Squares. They are locally made and

7. Masks

Best Souvenir to take home - Masks

The carved face mask made of wood is another unique craft available to buy a souvenir. The cultural and religious festivals and different chariot procession inside Kathmandu valley use the mask during sacred dances. The attractive copies of the masks are sold among the tourist.  The masks represent the faces of different Hindu deities like Ganesh, Bhairab, Bhimsen and Durga and Devi.

8. Singing bowls as the best Souvenir to take home

Best Souvenir to take home - Singing Bowls

The Tibetan oral tradition claims the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds that invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

Uses of Singing bowls

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, chakra balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones that the bells produce have a direct effect upon their chakras.

Playing the bells usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates a balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the singing bowl tunes one into the universal sound within and without.

The singing bowls shops are available in touristic sites of the Kathmandu valley.

9. Nepali Fabric – Dhaka

Dhaka is a traditional hand make fabric. It is a unique product of Nepal’s small cottage fabric industries.  Its history back from the 19th Century and gaining popularity in all cultures and around the world. Generations have transferred the art of making Dhaka fabric to another. The fabric is used to make Topi (hat) and Scarf, Cholo, Shawl, Coat and also the bridegroom’s attire. The modern fashion uses the fabric as fashionable wear as they showcase it in different national and international fashion shows. The Dhaka fabric store is available in the old market of Ason and Bhedasingh.

10. Finally “Namaste!” / “Namaskar!”

Namaste is a sacred gesture. You use your two palms touching each other and place just in front of your heart to greet the people and forms of gods. Even, Nepali culture suggests doing Namaste whenever or wherever you see even a dead body. Nepali with Hindu culture consider a dead body as a form of “Lord Shiva”. The Namaste Greetings, I honor, respect, recognize and bow to the light in you and me. It is a traditional practice to greet or say goodby. This is a common practice in Hindu Culture. Many yoga practices, meditations, and prayers use the Namaste pose in the form of Yoga pose. It holds a secret wisdom.

After the spread of Coronavirus, many other countries are starting to use it for greeting.

Benefits of Namaste
  • The right pose of Namaste includes a simple bowing of your head, a symbol to surrender the universal energy, god. Accepting the presence of God on the people you meet.
  • The Namaste posture is Yogasana believes that while doing Namaste, the tension in the human mind reduces and make you feel comfortable.
  • While doing Namaste, the mind can concentrate. As a result of this, the body can focus on things better.
  • The posture of Namaste is suitable to get relief from tension. While doing this, the person will have a feeling of happiness on the face. So, with the smile on his face, it helps to strengthen the relationship between individuals.
  • While doing Namaste, you keep your hands in a fixed position, let the wrists and fingers flexible to move, and it is good to hand yoga.

Yoga believes that when the mind and senses bow to the Heart Chakra, body and soul achieves a union. The key, however, is to go deep into the Heart Chakra where the soul glows its life-giving presence, bringing breath and heartbeat to your body.

Therefore, in Hindu culture, the Namaste posture is the suitable one as it can reduce the chances of harm. As it avoids the physical contact to reduce virus that can spread from shaking hands with each other. Nepali culture includes Namaste and every individual practice it.

Take home ‘Namaste’ as the best souvenir from Nepal.

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