Shopping in Nepal is interesting for travelers to buy souvenir goods, such as local handicraft, clothes, carpet, Nepalese Knife, pashmina, jewelry, statues, paintings, religious statues, ceramics, tea, coffee and wood items. These goods are available in Patan, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Namche Bazaar, Jomsom, Pokhara, Chitwan, Palpa, Lumbini, Kakarbhitta, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Manang, Dolpa, Janakpur, Biratnagar, and Lukla. In the major cities shopping mall, fair trade and departmental stores are established with a fixed price. Tourist can buy souvenir items in Thamel and Ason.
Shopping in Nepal is cultural, historical and traditional importance, such as Gurkha knives, Tibetan carpet (made by a refugee in Nepal), Madal, typical dress, ceramics, paintings, bags, and statues. Visitors can buy gift items with a cheap price, including fixed and bargaining price as you know 5 to 20 percent reduction. All the handicrafts above 100 years are antique; taking out of Nepal is illegal. These items are made of metal, wood, stone or paintings that resembling historical artifacts need to be cleared by the Department of Archaeology (200 meters south of the Singha Durbar in Kathmandu).
Shopping in Nepal is popular the mountaineering gears, species, mule bell, leather goods, wooden, and bamboo items. These goods will be a gift or memory from Nepal for friends, relatives, and neighbors. The hawker in major cities and world heritage sites also sell, however not recommended because they take time and make a disturbance for a holiday tour. I advise you to buy a gift in a shop with negotiation price. Few popular gifts are given below.
Khukuri is a domestic weapon known as the Gorkha Knife that is used by military and local people. An Ironsmith makes with fire, hammer, and water in a village hut. Quality can be different with an iron metal as you know sharp blade or not. Hill and mountain people use the knife to chop meat, firewood, animal fodder, bamboo, and sacrifice goat and buffalo in the Dashain festival. An army and police keep their belt for security in a barrack as well as the guard in a bank, and hotel and camping trek.
Locals keep on the Nepalese belt (Patuka). Farmers keep a knife in their home top of a paddy store. Bhojpur district lies in the eastern Nepal, famous for authentic Khukuri. It has been famous since the World War I when Gorkha used. Thamel, Kakarbhitta, Dharan, Pokhara, Patan, and Bhaktapur are the good place to buy. Check with a blade quality that should be 300 rupees to 10000 rupees.
Painting sketches on a cotton canvas by a master with framing in silk brocade or paper, such as Paubha, Thanka, Mithila and modern painting. The painting process by yak skin glue, stone, minerals, gold, silver, and a brush. Gold plated Mandala in a bronze art available in the Patan. It is popular for a religious aspect, meditation purpose, and protection for home, monastery, and office. The wheel of life, a life history of Gautama Buddha, Kalachakra Mandala, Universal Mandala and deity figures are interesting. The art is available a student quality, master quality that takes one week to a year. A cost will start twenty dollars to thousand dollars with its detail work and gold.
Tibetan Carpet is popular since 1959 when some refugees migrated from Tibet. Roughly thirty thousand Tibetan refugees live in Boudha, Patan, Dhorpatan, Pokhara, and Kanchenjunga. They are skilled and experienced in a traditional and modern design. They manufacture carpets in three categories, such as the 100 knots per square inch in hundred knots, 80 knots per square inch in eighty knots and 60 knots per square inch in sixty knots. It has different designs, colors, and sizes that are made by Tibetan sheep wools. It is warm, soft and durable. Hand worked carpets are available both in Nepali and Tibetan themes. These carpets export to Europe and America. Tourist can buy in the Tibetan refugee camp in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The carpet cost can be 25 dollars to ten thousand dollars.
Pashmina is a soft and warm scarf is made by an inner fur of the mountain goat. The natural pashmina will be soft and warmer than synthetic colored fabrics. Shawls, sweaters, mufflers, poncho, and caps are available for the winter. These are a different size and designs 70% pashmina and 30% silk, 50% pashmina and 50% silk, 100% silk, and 100% pashmina.
Pashmina cost can be different according to a back body, belly, and chest or neck wool of the goat. The silk and pashmina mixed scarf will cost 500 rupees to 200 US dollar. Shahtoosh is the form of pashmina that comes (result in the death) from endangered Tibetan antelope which is illegal to buy in Nepal. Pashmina is available in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara.
The singing bowl is traditionally made of seven metals, including copper, gold, silver, iron, lead, mercury and tin. It has existed in Asia for 2500 years. It uses metallurgical techniques for making the bowl. It gives a different sound when you rub by a wooden stick. Handmade is expensive and machine made is cheaper. The large bowl is used for a healing purpose. If you keep some water in a bowl, then rub with a wooden stick where you see the bubble with vibration. Singing bowls are available sightseeing places in Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. The cost will be 400 rupees to 170 dollars with a size and quality.
Metal carving is popular artwork in Newar Community in Kathmandu valley. Statues of deity and divine are made with two methods, such as lost wax and hammer biting. They are used molten and a sheet of a copper, bronze, and brass. They make statuary, bell cymbals, wine jar, bowl, spoon, ladle, flower vase, cups, and plates. Tourist can buy in Patan, Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur. Statue of the Buddha, Tara, Ganesha, and Avalokitesvara are popular. Gold and silver are applied in an artifact. The price will be 500 rupees to thousand dollars.
Other gifts such as an organic Nepalese tea, coffee, Dhaka clothes, jumper, species, hemp products, Nepalese paper, ceramics, musical instruments, glass ornaments, music CD, jewelry and gems, sculptures, wood art, rosary beads, holy rocks (fossil), masks, books, root art, leather goods, bamboo crafts, puppets, fancy hats and felt items available in major cities in Nepal.