Whenever people travel outside or within their own country, they ensure to buy something for themselves as well as for their families. Bhutan though, has a restricted exploration options for tourists, but yet it has to offer a large variety of stuff and places, which are considered ideal for shopping in Bhutan. You can opt to buy from their popular fabrics, statues, books, handcrafted stuff and various other things. During your journey, you shall find some great Bhutanese products in each and every district, as everywhere they sell original stuff made locally.
Though the government of Bhutan has kept the country untouched, in order to preserve its traditions and culture, and hence, for them selling their local products will prove quite essential in the promotion of their heritage and culture.
A Short Guide to Shopping in Bhutan
If you happen to be in Bhutan on vacation and need to get some gifts or souvenirs back home or want to buy something for yourself, then there you don’t have to worry at all. Shopping in Bhutan is one of the fun activities to do after exploration of the beautiful nature. The options are so many offering local products as well as handcrafted stuff at reasonable prices.
Lungta Handicraft is famous for shopping in Bhutan. It deals in a huge and beautiful variety of horse saddles, carpets, bamboo boxes, monastic trumpets and meta ewers. The antiques sold here are completely stamped and sealed from the National Commission of Cultural Affairs (NCCA). This indicates that they are safe for taking through customs at the airport. However, they can also arrange DHL shipping for their customers, but it will cost you more. You can visit this shop, between 8.30am-8.30pm. It is found in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan at Chang Lam.
Yoser Lhamo Shop
The Swiss Farm enterprises have a major outlet in Bhutan named Yoser Lhamo, where you can buy things to eat and drink. They sell Red Panda beer, honey wine, apple juice, soft Gouda cheese, hard Emmental cheese, peach brandy wine and lots of other stuff. The cheese sold here is used for eating off the block. You can visit this shop, between 6:00am to 7:00pm in Jakar, Bhutan.
Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre
Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre is a privately held centre, found on the south side of Thimphu. This centre produces handwoven textiles and also have a great variety of unstitched fabric and ready to wear clothings available for sale. Here you are allowed to see the weavers working in their respective areas. Here a perfectly embroidered kira, which takes around a year to be made is sold at the price of more than US$1000 and the less expensive ones are sold for US$50. You can visit this centre between 9:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday in Changzamtog, Thimpu, Bhutan.
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If you are a book worm or need to buy something for someone who loves to read, then DSB Books is the right place for shopping in Bhutan for your required books. It has been operating since 2000, having a classic range of book on Hinduism, Bhutan, Nature, Flora and Fauna, Buddhism, Himalayan Studies, Children’s books, Fiction and Non-Fiction. Furthermore, it also deals in all sorts of school and office stationery. You shall find a great collection of rare books and research papers on Himalayas and Bhutan. They also deal in textbooks for schools and other institutions of Bhutan. This bookshop is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, found in the Gechu Shopping Mall in Phuentsholing, Bhutan.
Yarkay Central Mall
Yarkay Central Mall is one of the popular shopping malls in Thimpu, Bhutan offers a great experience of shopping in Bhutan. You shall find a large number of shops selling products from Bhutan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh as well as imported products from Bangkok that includes small stuff to electronic items. However, there are many craft stores found within this mall that include Kelzong Handicraft, Druk Handicrafts and Kurtoe Handicrafts. You shall be able to get something for everyone back home as well as some classic and classy stuff for yourself as well.
Bhimraj Stores are one of the famous places to shop for traditional women dresses and costumes at very reasonable prices. You don’t have to bargain, as the prices are already set to fit into everyone’s budget. This shop is found in Phuentsholing, Bhutan. Furthermore, all sorts of Bhutanese material are available here.
Thinley Dendup General Shop & Handicraft
Thinley Dendup General Shop & Handicraft in Trashi Yangtse, Bhutan is one of the well-known shopping places. The store presents a funky theme of a local store, which is in the central-town junction, having the best collection of wooden bowls, textiles, religious paraphernalia, brass butter lamps and various other stuff. You can visit the store from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
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Choki Handicrafts is one of the best places to shop for some perfect hand crafted local products. You shall be able to buy some fantastic products like wooden boxes, thangkas, religious products and paintings. Also, the stuff being sold there is from the art and crafts school “Choki Traditional Art School.
So, when you are out here, don’t forget to miss out the great shopping experience and buy local products in remembrance of your trip. Gift your family members and friends, some of the out class local products and bring a smile on their face.