Darjeeling offers a promising shopping experience. The Queen of Hills is not only the destination for adventure seekers and pilgrims; it is also a fascinating place for shopaholics. Immersed in the charming ambiance with a bit of colonial and cultural air, the town offers some authentic and original goods when it comes to shopping in Darjeeling. From modern outfits to the traditional attires, from the colonial relics to the traditionally made artifacts, Darjeeling market area always brims with the exotic goods that you’ll ever find. As you’re coming all the way from the bigger cities to this small hill town, you’d surely prefer not to go to the mall like that of cities. Anyway, that too is available in Darjeeling shopping mall at Laden La Road with a Rink Mall and a Big Bazaar.
Be it a national or international tour everyone would love to purchase gifts for the loved ones when traveling. When you’re in Darjeeling, let alone the compulsive shopper, even the non-shopaholic will love to explore the brimming nooks and corner of the town. Darjeeling shopping market comprises of street markets brimming with budget-friendly local goods, to the sophisticated shopping malls are flooded with leading brands, labels, and products that are imported from the foreign countries.
But, for now, let us just focus on what to shop in Darjeeling? You’d certainly ditch the shopping malls and expensive brands and labels that are available in every mall from your where you belong. Procuring something that you can cherish forever, even if it may just be a little wooden key chain with ‘I love Darjeeling’ engraved on it will certainly exceed the worth that you spend on brands. So, here is the list of things that you can buy from the shopping places in Darjeeling.
1. Darjeeling Tea:
Darjeeling Tea is internationally acclaimed for its flavor. It is exported worldwide to the most tea consuming countries like Japan, U.K, etc. So, dispersing from Darjeeling without purchasing Darjeeling Tea would be a huge blunder. You can visit Tea Estates in Darjeeling, all of which sell Darjeeling Organic Tea, Darjeeling Green Tea, Darjeeling White Tea, in their own outlets. You can even purchase tea as per your preference at a reasonable price; the majority of them are based around Chowrasta, a few minutes distance from the main town.
Varieties of Tea- more than 50
Price- Starts from INR. 80- INR. 2,000
The best place to buy- Goodricke, Darjeeling Tea House, Happy Valley Tea Estate, etc
2. Tibetan artifacts:
Apart from Tea, there is an exquisite array of Tibetan artifacts available at Darjeeling shopping center. While exploring, you will come across many temporary stalls and local shops that sell souvenirs, thangkhas or Tibetan scroll paintings, laughing Buddha, prayer wheels, traditional masks, etc, that are too beautiful and irresistible. You can even bargain for a cheaper price.
Where to buy- Dorjee Himalayan Artifacts 9orientaland Tibetan artifacts) and Ava Art Gallery (genuine Tibetan art pieces)
3. Local Knick-knacks:
Local goods like Tibetan carpets, woolen garments, leather goods, bags, and even organic honey, sweets, are too tempting. Darjeeling has plenty of shops that have a diverse range of these goods too attractive to ignore. If you love shopping, we recommend you to purchase cottage industry products at Life and Leaf fair trade shop – they support recycling and local artisans. Another interesting place that makes fascinating home décor items and even renders shipment facility is Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre.
The charm of tourist spot multiplies manifold for the bibliophile if the place has some old bookstores. While you’re in Darjeeling, Oxford Book and Stationary Company will do the same for you. Located at a prime location Darjeeling market area (Chowrasta) since a long time, this bookstore is notorious for its famous collection of books, especially the ones related to tales on mountaineering, Himalayas, tribes. Travel guides, etc.
5. Photos of mountains and the city:
Darjeeling has provision for cute and glossy picture postcards of the Hill Queen and the colorful life. From the Himalayas to the rare photography of the bygone colonial era in the town, it’s worth collecting one or two photographs as souvenirs.
Where to find rare photographs of Darjeeling- Mall Road, Darjeeling is the best place to find a diverse and unique collection of photographs, postcards, related to the people, town, Himalayas, etc.
So, with the mentioned above quick and brief guidelines about what to buy in Darjeeling, you can gain a bit more insight about shopping in Darjeeling. You can even d better by exploring and hunting down the markets, and bargain the price for the goods that you love. So, have a delightful shopping experience.