Dharamshala offers travellers a peaceful abode among nature, and some of the best handicrafts available at a number of shops. Visiting these places alone can be an enriching experience that gives you insight into the culture and spiritualism of the hill station. If you are a shopaholic looking for a souvenir, the places are a must-visit. Here’s our list of top five shopping places that are easily accessible from our cottages in Dharamsala.
1. Kotwali Bazaar
Almost all travelers visiting Dharamshala visit the Kotwali Bazaar. Located approximately 0.6 km from Dharamkot, the bustling area offers everything from items of daily use to buddha sculptures and other handicrafts. The most famous items it is famous for includes rugs, tibetan carpets, and shawls.
2. Tibetan Handicraft Center
The Tibetan Handicraft Center is yet another place popular for Tibetan carpets. Established in 1963 with the humble contributions of the Dalai Lama, it has been the source of livelihood for thousands of Tibetans in exile. Even today, you can find a number of Tibetans learning the art of weaving and selling traditional carpets in this cooperative.
3. Green Shop
Whether you are looking for books made from recycled paper, beauty products, or the famous tahini, a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds, Green Shop is the place to be. Run by the Tibetan Welfare Office, the place is located near Bhagsu Road and mostly deals in eco-friendly products. It is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 7:00 pm.
4. Village Boutique
Fond of items such as decorative items such as wall hangings and deity figurines? If yes, you must visit the Village Boutique. One off the famous Bookworm, McLeod’s best all-round bookshop, Village Boutique also sells rugs and other Tibetan items. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 7pm, and easily accessible from our accommodation in Dharamshala.
5. Palaco Hand-made Crafts
The Palaco Hand-made Crafts offers more than a few items you may not find elsewhere in Dharamshala. Situated near the Dalai Lama Temple, this shopping center is famous for its pashmina shawls and singing bowls, the use of which is believed to be beneficial for the health in numerous ways. Other notable items to buy include woollen scarves, chanting beads, and lamps
You can visit numerous other local handicrafts shops in Dharamshala to buy some interesting souvenirs and also learn more about local culture. The good news is, most of the places, including the ones mentioned in the blog, are easily accessible from our cottages in Dharamshala. Rakkh Resorts is strategically located to help you stay in the company of nature and also easily access most of the famous surrounding attractions, making it one of the best accommodations in Dharamshala. To learn more about or services, call us at +91 8800 409567, +91 9816999300, or 0124-4908-616. To make a reservation, click here.