When it comes to adventure travel mixed with a rich cultural experience, Nepal is arguably at the top of the list of destinations. Set amidst the backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains, visitors can partake in a wide range of outdoor activities while experiencing breathtaking scenery, from lush rhododendron forests to glacier-capped peaks. And a visit to the rich historical villages invites a step back in time into a world of ancient customs and simple joys.
Gurkha Knives (Khukuri)
Touted as the world's most popular knife, it's known for its unique slashing edge and has been used as a weapon of war dating back to the early 1800's. These are high quality and handcrafted right in Nepal, so they make an excellent souvenir, particularly for collectors.
Mandalas and Thankas
Buddhist paintings and other art are incredibly beautiful with deep rooted meanings. What better way to remember your trip to Nepal than by seeing native artwork hanging in your own home?
Handmade Carpets and Pashmina
The artisans of Nepal produce extraordinary handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts. Some of the most popular among shoppers are the beautifully crafted fabrics, like carpets and pashmina, which are made from the finest cashmere wool.
Local Nepali Tea
One of the best ways to bring home a little taste of your visit to Nepal is to purchase some of the local tea produced there. The high altitude and rich climate provide the perfect environment for the tea bushes and other herbs to flourish. Nepali tea is delicious and also has many health benefits. It's also easy to pack for the trip home!
Nepali woodcrafters are among the most talented in the world, producing exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Bringing one of these sculptures home is a wonderful way to capture the memories of your trip while also serving as a unique conversation piece for years to come.
There are plenty of markets to choose from in Nepal, but the most popular is probably the Kathmandu market, where shoppers can find all of the above as well as jewelry, clothing, and other types of handmade crafts. One important thing to keep in mind when shopping in Nepal is that most items do not have price tags. It is common, even expected, that buyers will bargain with sellers before a purchase is made, so you may want to hone your haggling skills before you arrive. A good tip is to find out the lowest price that one vendor will accept, move on to the next one that offers the same item, and so on until you find someone who is willing to meet you at the price you are comfortable with. And don't feel bad about offering a lower price, the vendors expect it and won't be insulted.
Nepal is by far one of Asia's most beautiful destinations. With countless activities, amazing views, rich culture, and some of the best shopping in the world, it's a traveler's dream. And being prepared beforehand, like knowing what to buy, will help keep you organized, ensuring an even more memorable and enjoyable experience.
Ace the Himalaya is a locally owned and operated Nepalese adventure company offering trekking, climbing, biking, and cultural tours in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. They are 100 percent Nepalese owned and guided, so every dollar spent stays in the local economy.
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