Shopping in Sikkim
Shopping can be a real wholesome experience to the tourists visiting Sikkim. The local handicrafts are a must buy here which can be picked up from the Government Institute of Cottage Industry in Gangtok or the Dalai Lama Trust Fund shop in the basement of Hotel Tibet. Though some other shops in the region also sell these but the prices and quality differ.
Apart from the handicrafts, canvas wall hangings, thankas, prayer wheels, Tibetan carpets, rugs and jewellery can also be picked as return gifts for your friends and family. One of the most unique items to be bought from Sikkim is a Dragon set. Exclusively carved in silver and gold, these sets are inlaid with precious stones. You can also bring home the popular tea of Sikkim and cardamoms.
The Old Market, Lall Market and New Market on Mahatma Gandhi Marg are some of the major shopping areas in Gangtok. Lined with make shift shops, these markets sell ‘Choktse’ furniture, Lepcha weave bags, masks, Tibetan Thangka paintings, carpets, wooden and bamboo artifacts, woven materials like dresses, shawls, beautiful blankets and knitted garments.