Treat the Shopper in you at the Nainital Tibetan Market
A trip or vacation is incomplete without a shopping expedition attached to your holiday itinerary Buying souvenirs or curios that are indigenous to a region is a sweet reminder of your time and memories spent in the city
A trip or vacation is incomplete without a shopping expedition attached to your holiday itinerary. Buying souvenirs or curios that are indigenous to a region is a sweet reminder of your time and memories spent in the city. Like every other tourist place, Nainital is known for its scenic beauty, comfortable weather and pristine environment. No wonder the city is flocked by tourists from all over the city during hot summer months.
Naini lake which is the epicenter of tourist activities is the most buzzing part of this beautiful valley. Located very close to the lake is the “Tibetan Market” also known as Bhotia Market. It is an excellent place to shop, particularly during afternoon or early evening. The market is in a very central part of the valley and can be easily reached from any of the hotels in Nainital. Although, the market is very similar to any Tibetan Market elsewhere, shopping at Bhotia market is unique in its own way.
Here is a list of items that you will find at the Bhotia market that will delight the shopper in you –
If you are looking for hand knitted, pure wool clothes then you are in for some luck. The Bhotia market is filled with good quality and uniquely designed warm clothes that will suit every taste and style. You can find all types of jackets, sweaters or jumpers, hand-knitted gloves, caps and stoles. You can buy these items for yourself or as gifts. The market has a wide range of clothes, and although you may find the prices reasonable, do bargain to procure additional discounts.
Trinket and Jewellery
Love junkie jewellery? You are in for a sweet surprise. The Tibetan market is flooded with shops that sell trendy trinkets and jewellery. From beaded necklaces, to oxidized earrings and ring, you are spoilt for choice. Also, if you like jewellery designing, you can also buy clourful beads and other items to create your own jewelelry. This jewellery can be teamed up with both ethnic and western wear, bestowing an ethereal charm. Yet again, the prices can be a little steep so do bargain.
Nainital is known to produce decorated candles and figurines made from wax. In fact, candle making is an important part of the local economy and candles made and manufactured in the city are exported to several parts of the city and the world. These days these candles can also be bought online, however, nothing beats the experience of buying them from the Tibetan market.
The different shapes and colours of the candles will surely delight you. Whether you want to buy wax fruit basket or candles in shape of a cartoon character, the shapes and detailing on the candle will surprise you.
Don’t miss the Food
The entire Tibetan market must be explored on foot. Visiting each stall and selecting items and bargaining can leave you with an appetite. So,when tired of shopping, indulge in some savoury delights. The market is flooded with food stalls selling Tibetans treats like momos, thupka and Pahari chai. A serving of nourishing snack will refuel for another round of shopping. Also, do buy a box of balki mithai, the local sweetmeat for the sugar lovers.
Nainital – Perfect Place for a Short Vacation
Peopleliving in nearby states, namely UP, Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana head to Nainital every year for a quick and short holiday. Summer vacations are approaching soon. So, if you want to surprise your family with a holiday, plan one in Nainital. It is the best place for a budget -friendly holiday. Summer is the peak time for tourism in the valley, therefore, book hotels in Nainital in advance from platforms like Yatra to avoid any hiccup.