Best Souvenir to take home from Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal maintains its distinct position in handicraft production since the last several centuries. The unique and renowned architecture, arts and crafts contributes in establishing an unique image of the country. The woodcrafts, Metalworks, clothing materials, tea, sculpture, paper made materials, dolls, trekking gear, jewelry, etc. are the thing that many of the tourists are interested in. While traveling to Nepal, best souvenir to take home may be anything of your interest. Here, I present the glimpse of those unique materials for the travellers reference.
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 item made from Pashmina that will cost according as 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.
Nepal produces almost all kinds of trekking and expedition gears inside the country. Besides that the authorised shops of genuine international brands are also available in the markets of Kathmandu and Pokahara. The local trekking gears are available in better quality in a cheaper price. Most of the travellers prefer to buy the local made trekking gears. One need an experience eyes to distinguish the quality of the products.
3. Stone and Beads Jewelery
Stone and Beads Jeweleries 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.
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 brand in the world. The eastern Nepal bordering Darjeeling and Sikkim produces high volume of best quality teas. The teas grown in Ilam and surrounding of eastern Nepal are often sold under Darjeeling tea brand. Those tea products are available in different shops of Kathmandu. Including the pure tea, other brand 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
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. The are locally made and
The carved face mask made of wood are another unique craft available to buy a souvenir. The mask are used in the cultural and religious festivals and different chariot procession inside Kathmandu valley. The copies are sold among the tourist as they are unique and attractive. The masks represent the faces of different Hindu deities like Ganesh, Bhairab, Bhimsen and Durga and Devi.
8. 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 which 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.
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 which the bells produce have a direct affect 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 in to 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 traditional hand made fabric produced in different parts of Nepal. It has the history back from 19th Century. It is gaining popularity in all cultures and around the world. The art of making Dhaka fabric is being transferred from a generations 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 are available in the old market of Ason and Bhedasingh.