Shopping in Kathmandu is a top reason why local and international tourists come here. Very popular are the city’s unique and cheap handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, local fabrics, decorative metal, knives, Pashmina shawls, rice paper, tea, pottery, carvings of wood, woolen carpets, and colorful Buddhist paintings called Thangkas. Shopping, as well as all urban and tourist activities, happen in the tourist district of Thamel. Although the capital city lacks the usual modern comforts and facilities found in major Asian destinations, tourists will have a heyday shopping in this beautiful city. Below are a few tips on where to shop in Kathmandu.
Most of the shopping happens in the local market between Asan and Indra Chowk. Available here are an assortment of clothes, textiles, handicrafts, spices, local produce, and so on. The complex is made up of a maze of shops, including up-market stores selling carpets, art pieces, antiques and rare souvenir items specifically sold to tourists. Located in the southeastern side of the city, the market is often (and much more on Saturdays) packed with locals and tourists since it is not far from the Bahar Mahal Revisited Complex, one of the leading tourist attractions that used to be the palace of the Ranas. Also found nearby are the Singh Durbar government offices. [Read more…]