You can enjoy shopping for souvenirs in the bazaars and markets of Leh, while on your tour of Ladakh. Popular items with tourists are Pashmina shawls, stoles and other Pashmina wool garments. Locally handmade woolen socks, gloves, caps and sweaters are a favorite of tourists in Ladakh.
You can shop from local markets in Leh (Tibetan Market off the Old Leh Road for clothes, Moti Market near the Leh bus stand)and Ladakh (Ladakh Art Palace,Women’s Alliance in Changspa, Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom in Choglamsaretc.) or government-run emporiums, the choice is yours.
While shopping in open markets, bargaining is commonly practiced and the final price you pay for any product will depend on your skill at negotiating with the seller. In government-run crafts emporia and larger established stores the prices are fixed and bargaining does not occur.
Some good venues for shopping in Ladakh are:
- Ladakh Art Palace on the Main Bazaar Road
- Tibetan Handicraft Emporium on the Main Bazaar Road
- Ladakh Environment and Health Organization on the Main Bazaar Road
- Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom in Choglamsar
- Cottage Industries Exposition in Changspa
- Ecology Centre in Changspa
- Women’s Alliance in Changspa
Main markets in Leh are:
- Tibetan Market off Old Leh Road for clothes
- Moti Market near the Leh bus stand
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What all can you take back from Ladakh except for the million memories?
- Pashmina and woolens
The hottest selling souvenir in Leh is the pashmina shawl. Other pashmina wool garments such as sweaters, caps, gloves and socks are also worth a look. Want to give your warmest regards to a loved one this winter? Gift them a warm hug of Pashmina! The purity of Pashmina from Leh is renowned throuhout India. You could choose from a wide range of woolens like socks, gloves, caps, sweaters, you can gift yourself one as well! Take a stroll down Leh Market and you will see how colourful and lively it is.
- Apricot Jam
Apricots are very famous and delicious from this region. Leh has delicious Jam that could be gifted to your relatives! Treat your loved ones a jar of apricot jam and they will think of you every time they sit for breakfast.
- Ladakhi Prayer Flags
You must’ve seen the Ladakhi flags with words Om Ma Ni Padme Humhung many times upon the frame of cars, bikes, door etc. The horizontal ones are called Lung Dar while the vertical ones are called Dar Cho. These prayer flags are to be acquired as a gift and not as something just bought. It is one thing almost everyone who comes to Ladakh buys!
- Prayer Bells
According to the lineage texts on prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma). In Buddhism, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have created a variety of skillful means (upaya) to help bring practitioners ever closer to realizing enlightenment.Have you felt a strong connection while praying at the Hemis Gompa? The magical prayer bell is the best sacred memory you can bring back from the rooftop of the world.
- Thangka Paintings
Traditionally painted on cotton or silk appliqué, you can meditate and find inner peace by simply looking at it. These are meant to be hung unframed in a dry place. The sacred art of thangka painting dates back to the 7th century. Originating in Nepal, it evolved into several schools of painting. Here at Norbulingka we practice Menri, which is characterized by life-like colors and a focus on a central figure surrounded by significant events or people in his life.
- Tibetan Trinkets
Shop for pretty copper and silver trinkets with rich turquoise work either for yourself or your relatives or for both. So, the next time you look in your jewellery box you will have a beautiful piece from Ladakh.
It would be silly to go to this beautiful land and yet not take one of the above back with you!