Shopping in McleodganjEdit This
Mcleod Ganj, sometimes known as 'Little Lhasa' because of its role as home away from home for the exiled Tibetans and the Dalai
Lama, is a peaceful place that sits high above sea level on the edge of
the Himalayan Mountains. Mainly a place to visit for reflection and
relaxation, you won't find any mega-shopping malls here. But that
shouldn't dissuade you from doing some shopping. Mcleod Ganj
is home to Tibetan culture and arts, and you can get some great
handcrafted one-of-a-kind finds here. But in your quest for the perfect
shopping trip, don't forget to take time to relax and enjoy the main
attraction of this town, which is peace and quiet.
The Norbulingka Institute
Located a short way south of Mcleod Ganj, the Norbulingka
Institute is dedicated to preserving and stimulating Tibetan art and
culture. A worthwhile destination on its own, it features beautiful
architecture, gardens, and a museum showcasing traditional Tibetan clothing on 150 small dolls. But for the shopper, the real treasure of Norbulingka
Institute is the shop, which showcases the art of the students and
artists who work at the institute. Here you can find silk appliqued
hangings, cushion covers, traditionally painted and hand-carved Tibetan
boxes and chests, bed spreads and much more. One great thing to pick
up is a Thangka, which is a ritual painting that is traditionally displayed during Buddhist festivals. Thangkas have become very popular with tourists. Brightly painted onto canvas bordered with silk, they are a great souvenir.
local street-front shops, or bazaars, are a great place to pick up some
rare finds. In addition to Tibetan handicrafts, you can find New Zealand and Indian wool carpets, Tibetan books, meditation music and herbal incense. Use your own discretion when it comes to bargaining, depending on where you are, you may or may not get anywhere. If you're interested, you can even get a traditional Tibetan dress, or chuba, hand-stitched while you wait. Another worthwhile stop is the Green Store, where you can find brightly painted shirts and paper made by hand.
Located near the entrance to Mcleod Ganj, Nowroji's
is a great place to look for souvenirs and handcrafted goods for your
trip home. Finds here include Tibetan carpets, wooden masks, beads,
Buddhist paintings, jewelry and metal votives. If you have plenty of time, you can even have a carpet woven to your exact tastes on-site.
while shopping in mcleodganj is an exciting prospect, esp the loads of silver jewellery on display, be very wary of the prices being quoted. the stuff is good but there is no limit to the sheer robbery the shopkeepers come down to. i was entranced by the wares of this little shop in a small bylane run by asif and came home to learn that he had charged me almost five times the actual rates-more fool me.
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