What is travelling without shopping? Nothing! It’s worth buying a few souvenirs that will jog your memories for years to reminiscence your visit. One has to be utmost careful when shopping at travel destinations as it’s not your home town where you can simply splurge! The North-East offers a lot of places where you can visit to full fill your shopping wish and it will not need to burn a hole in your pocket. When travelling to a destination, the items for sale and discounts presented by the shop keepers may seem enticing enough, but not discouraging enough to stop you from buying. If you have cash to burn, then it’s a different matter altogether. TravelHot offers some amazing travel packages to the North-East.
The most attractive and the most eye-catching of all the shopping items on your list will surely be –handicrafts. Gangtok has many souvenir shops and Lal Bazaar is the best place for shopping. Bargain hard before buying any handicrafts and souvenirs, they are worth it. MG road presents souvenirs on a pricey side and no bargaining is encouraged here. Travellers will find many things to buy besides handicrafts; they will also find bamboo products, wood carvings. If clothing is of any interest to you I would strongly recommend you to buy some traditional Sikkim’s wear or any dresses that have traditional designs printed on them. You can also buy some Buddhist artefacts as well.
The next of the list of shopping destinations in the North-East is Darjeeling. Suggested items to buy when in this pristine Hill station are thangka – Tibtiean Paintings, Nepali Khukri and some brass objects. When in Darjeeling visit shopping places like: Chowk bazaar, Chowrasta and Mahakal Market. In Darjeeling, there will be many stores that sell variety of items – it’s the most visited place in the country for tourists. Subtle areas of interest which travelers will find are handlooms, jackets, saris, shawls and many more such items.
Lachung may not offer many options for shopping but there are things that will make you want to buy. Travellers will find local souvenirs, woollen clothing and few things that will be of little interest to you. Why did I recommend it? There are a few things like jewellery items and accessories. Lachung is a cold place and it offers a good choice when it comes to winter wear. The choices here may not be that great but there’s something for everyone.
Whenever one travels to different destinations, it is important to get carried away with the shopping. Shopping can be time consuming and making judicious use of the time allotted is the best thing what one should do. Travel itinerary is usual time bound, and if coming in a group one person’s time may not be accommodated in the other one’s schedule. These are the simple things that one should bear in mind to make sure a vacation is enjoyable and enough time has to be devoted to the other activities like sightseeing, shopping, eating, get acquainted with the local culture and many more.