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Shopping in Nepal: 10 Exciting Things To Buy In Nepal For Souvenir

These souvenirs help keep your travel memories fresh for as long as you live. 
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Shopping in Nepal: 10 Exciting Things To Buy In Nepal For Souvenir

Nepal is a country of diversified traditions, religions, castes, and culture, where people, despite following different beliefs and speaking various languages, live together with peace and harmony.

Expanded from the plains of Terai to the peaks of the Himalayas, Nepal is one of the most beautiful country to live and experience. It is the perfect place for an adrenaline rush and a life-changing experience.

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Nepal is a perfect and wonderful tourist destination. You will find yourself overwhelmed to be in such a place with the perfect combination of amazing natural, historical, and cultural attractions. And who doesn’t want these memories to remain fresh forever? Well, we’ve got you covered.

List of 10 unique souvenirs that you have to buy while you’re exploring Nepal:

1) Khukuri

Khukuri

Gurkha Khukuri Knife is the national weapon of Nepal. It is a curved knife or machete traditionally used by the Gurkhas (Gorkhali Army) of Nepal and India. It can be used as a weapon and also as a regular-use tool. The distinct recurve in its blade makes khukuri suitable for chopping woods, digging, slaughtering animals, cutting meat and vegetables, hiking, or adventure. Khukuri can be a great souvenir to take back home and showcase.

2) Pashmina

Pashmina

Pashmina products are very famous in most parts of the world, especially in Nepal and India. Pashmina from Nepal and Cashmere Pashmina from Kashmir have the highest demand globally due to their best quality and richness.

Pashminas are made from the most delicate silk fabric extracted from the goats of upper-Himalayan regions called ‘Chyangra.’ The Pashmina is known as ‘soft Gold’ and is the softest, delicate, and fluffy fiber. Pashmina scarfs and shawls are among the most demanding and popular Pashmina products.

3) Singing Bowls

Singing Bowls

Singing Bowls are one of the best things to take from Nepal as a souvenir. Also known as Tibetan singing bowls, they produce a soothing, rich, and deep sound when playing around with a mallet.

Singing Bowls are widely used for various purposes like meditation by the Buddhist monks and treatment by different practitioners. They come in different shapes and sizes made by hands or by machine.


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4) Thangka Paintings

Thangka Paintings

Many tourists from different parts of the world come to Nepal to buy the traditional Tibetan Thangka Paintings as they are trendy among the handicrafts of Nepal. Thangkas are traditional paintings painted on a silk or cotton canvas, mostly portraying mandalas and various deities.

Thangka paintings are also used for showing the journey of lamas, Bodhisattvas, and other deities. The paintings are rolled up and kept in Chinese scroll paintings style and sent to places for sharing the knowledge and journeys of the Gods.

5) Tea

Tea

Tea (Chiya: चिया in Nepali) is one of the signature drinks of Nepal that connects the people. The eastern part of Nepal is prevalent for producing varieties of tea in the gardens. Tea from Nepal provides refreshment and is considered to have significant health benefits.

Apart from having a tea-drinking experience while in Nepal, you must bring some back home as a souvenir or gift your friends and relatives.

6) Nepali Dhaka

Nepali Dhaka

Dhaka is a national symbol in Nepal as the Dhaka Topi (Cap) is very famous in different parts of the world, helping people recognize Nepalis. Both men and women wear Nepali Dhaka in various traditional events and wedding ceremonies. Made from natural fibers, Dhaka is available in different products like Topi (Caps), Shawls, Waistcoats, etc.

7) Statues and Masks

Statues and Masks

Nepal is a country of various religions, cultures, and traditions. So, you can collect statues of various deities on your visit to Nepal and brought back to your home to bring peace and prosperity as well as good fortune.

Nepali Masks are found in various shapes and sizes according to mythical creatures and cultures. Mainly used during religious mimicry and Lakhe dance, masks have gained popularity among tourists.


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8) Prayer Flags

Prayer Flags

Prayer flags are colorful rectangular cloths found in religious places and treks of Himalayan peaks. They are traditionally combined with five colors: White, Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue. Various Nepali sutras and mantras are written on these flags and distributed across the world.

The air touched by the prayer flags is considered to spread wisdom, peace, compassion, and strength. The colors of the flags represent various world elements like air, water, fire, and earth.

9) Prayer Wheels

Prayer Wheels

Prayer Wheels are cylindrical wheels usually placed on a spindle made using stone, leather, metal, or wood. Tibetan mantras, such as ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’,  are written on the outer surface of the prayer wheels.

Spinning the prayer wheels will bring merits and good fortune to the people and take away the bad karma. It is considered that turning the wheel is similar to reciting the prayers out loud.

10) Wood Carvings

Wood Carvings

Wood Carvings are very popular in the Kathmandu Valley from the ancient times when the Newars of those eras were experts in wood carvings. The Newars are still the most skilled craftsmen and produce very delicate and finest wood carving with their hands.


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It takes a lot of time, patience, and effort to produce good woodcraft, making them an excellent item to take back home as a souvenir. They come in various shapes and sizes and are found as doors, windows, and masks.

Conclusion

Of course, these are just a snapshot of unique souvenirs you must buy on your visit to Nepal to help you remember your trip. The list is endless.

Hope you will have a great trip to Nepal.


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