- 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.