Every place has certain unique distinctions that make it famous among travelers, and the same can be said about Dharamshala. The hill station is not only famous for natural beauty and monasteries, but also for a wide range of handicrafts. If you like collecting souvenirs from the places you visit, there are a variety of items unique to Dharamshala, which may remind you of the place for years to come. We look at five such souvenirs to add to your shopping list when visiting the hill station. As far as finding luxury cottages in and around Dharamsala is concerned, Rakkh Resorts, located in the peaceful village of Rakh, has got you covered.
1. Buddha Statues
Buddha statues are made on the characteristics of Siddharth Gautam Buddha, the originator of Buddhism. These figurines are associated with different meanings including prosperity, wealth, and even luck, depending on their pose, shape, and size. Laughing buddha, for instance, symbolizes good luck whereas blessing buddha is known for bestowing fearlessness and compassion. Similarly, people believe that keeping of meditation buddha brings calmness and protection buddha helps you overcome fear.
2. Singing Bowls
The legend has it that the original Buddha first used the singing bowl as a tool for begging for his livelihood. Today these mysterious things have become one of the most famous artifacts in Dharamshala and are associated with healing powers and magical sounds that provide peace. According to tradition each singing bowl is made out of seven metals, with each metal representing a different planet. Here are some of the benefits associated to singing bowls:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce anger and stress
- Help in chakra healing
- Improve blood flow
- Increase mental clarity
- Promote well being and happiness
Dharamshala is also famous for carpets and rugs with intricate artwork that depict the Tibetan culture. The best place from where you can a buy variety of carpets in vivid colors and patterns is Kotwali Bazaar, one of the most prominent attractions among shopaholics in Dharamshala. Other renowned places for buying carpets in Dharamshala include the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium, Himachal Hand loom and Crafts Centre, and Tibetan Handicrafts Center.
We don’t have to tell you about the wool weaving culture in Himachal Pradesh. Shawls made in Himachal Pradesh are, in fact, exported all over India. The good news is, when you stay in one of our luxury cottages in Rakkh, Dharamshala, you can witness the entire process of shawl making; thanks to one of our local artisans’ whom we have employed for the purpose. You can even buy one of their made shawls, and we make sure that all proceeds directly go to the artist.
Last but not least, Dharamshala is also famous for pottery items, the best of which you find in the small village of Andretta in Kangra Valley. Andretta, founded by Sardar Gurcharan Singh, gives you an insight into blue pottery technique, used in ancient Indian pottery. Rakkh Resorts have, in fact, partnered with a local artist to help interested guests learn the art of pottery making in Andretta Studio.
Wait, There’s More!
In addition to the options listed, there are various other souvenirs, such as wooden and stone beads, wall hangings, gemstones, and hand-made jewellery, that you can buy in Dharamshala. The good news is, you can easily access the shops offering these items from Rakkh Resorts. Rakkh is strategically located to keep you in the company of nature, but still not far from famous tourist spots in and around Dharamshala. To book one of our luxury cottages, call us at 0124-4908-616, +91-88004-09567, or +91 98169-99300, or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back with you, shortly.