Ladakh- The shopper’s paradise
Julley! From Leh that means hello in the traditional Ladakhi Language. Everyone here is itching to say hi to you. A Ladakh stand true to its meaning Land of High Mountain passes. is a mountainous region in North India. The place is strongly influenced by Tibetian Culture.
Ladakh is a land abounding in unique physical features, enormous spectacular environment. The region is bounded by the world's two mightiest mountains the Karakoram in the north and Great Himalaya in the south.
This mountain city has an old history and this history is the symbol of the versatile hospitality and culture of this region.
To all the shopaholics, the place serves the best items for you. Visit the place and explore the shopping options and share your experience with MyTravaly.
Shopping in Ladakh
It is impossible to return empty hand from a trip to Ladakh. After watching its eternal beauty you won't be able to stop yourself from shopping. Himalayan ecosystem and welcoming Buddhist culture will fill your heart with joy.
There are several markets to shop from Ladakh. You can bring home some of the exclusive handicraft and hand-woven items from the traditional markets.
Buddhist artefacts act as a great patron to shop from Ladakh. Tibetian flag, prayer wheels Buddhist masks and Thangka paintings are some of the must-buy items while shopping.
While shopping in an open market, bargaining is commonly practised and your negotiation skills will add up to your enjoyment of shopping. There are some places where barging cannot be done and those places belong to government ownerships.
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Good Spots to shop in Ladakh
1. Ladakh Art Palace on Main Bazar Road
Located right in middle of Leh market, this aesthetic palace has lots of things to offer. The store displays the articulate styles of ancient culture and carries he heritage of the past, unharmed and unaltered. Ladakh Art Palace displays a massive collection of ornaments which are century old.
It specializes in carpets, handicrafts, shawls, semi-precious stones just to name a few. When you enter the shop you are bound to be overwhelmed by sight of masks and dresses hanging all around the shop as if they are about to sprung back to life and do the ritualistic dances.
2. Tibetian Handicraft Emporium on Main Bazar Road
In this emporium, you will find Ladakhi silver and stone jewellery and exquisite gift items. The fun fact about this emporium is that it is been run by Tibetian refugees for ages. The highlight of this store is the brilliant handicrafts and artifacts which is a symbol of unique craftsmanship that too budget friendly.
3. Women's Alliance in Changspa
This is one of the few markets in India which is run only by women. Women from the near village come to this area to sell items which include the Pashmina shawls and many other daily requirements.
You will find that shops are set up and run by women. From stationery Items to woollen garments and from silver jewellery to spices and vegetable you name the item and you will find everything here.
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4. Main Market in Leh
Visit main market and enjoy the authentic ambience of Ladakhi Culture. This market is not only popular among tourists but also among locals as they visit this place regularly for purchasing daily items.
Here, you will feel the similar hustle and bustle like in the city. Items sold in this market are said to be highly affordable and they have a good quality. To all the pocket friendly shopaholics, Main market is for you all.
5. Moti Market
Ladakh can be a place of old traditions and cultures but when it comes to modern way of living, it never takes backseat. Moti Market offers not only traditional Tibetan garments but also woollen and other material garments too.
Although, it is one of the oldest market of place but you will get cheerful vibes. The best thing to shop from this market is traditional Tibetan artifacts made by Tibetans artist with utmost care.
6. Zanskar Arts
Zanskar Arts is a quaint little shop in market of Leh. The shop not only sells pashmina shawls and woollen clothes but also souvenirs and little figurines as well. Figurines are quite colourful and gorgeous and are made of metal. When you visit then you can shop for Kashmiri bedsheets, dress materials and shawls that are extremely popular in India.
Ladakh is a world of rugged valleys, snow-covered mountains, huge hills, crystal clear roads and the mystical Lamas where centuries-old monasteries have still maintained their charm. A trip to this mystic charming land can make you fulfil your desire for exploring mountains. 3-4 days trip to this land of heaven can give enlighten your heart with happiness!
Carry an empty bag when you go on the trip and fill it with your shopping at Leh and Ladakh. Book your stay now with MyTravaly.
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This story is written by Ritika Arora: Content Writer, MyTravaly