Shopping in GangtokThe capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is a wonderful place for shopaholics. This beautiful capital of Sikkim has something for everyone. Lovers of traditional and ethnic goods would be delighted to shop in Gangtok. So once in Gangtok grab products of handloom and handicraft, items of cane and bamboo, traditional jewellery, gift items and souvenirs to take back home either for yourself or for your friends and family.
What to shop in GangtokYou think of any handloom or handicraft item, Gangtok has it all! You can purchase Tibetan and Sikkimese handloom and handicraft items from Gangtok. Some of the popular things to shops for in Gangtok are Tibetan Buddhist religious items, thangka, idols, traditional items, masks, gift items and Tibetian jewellery like necklaces, finger rings, bracelets and ear rings. Also grab a dragon set from the markets in Gangtok, exclusively carved in gold, silver and precious stones. Tea lovers should pick up packets of Darjeeling tea, Temi tea, Mysteaque tea from markets in Gangtok.
Shopping areas and markets in GangtokThere are many market areas in Gangtok known for shopping. MG Marg is the most happening place in Gangtok famous for shopping. It is the main shopping market area in Gangtok. MG road is entirely litter and spit free. You can roam around and sit for a while in the market doing shopping as no vehicular traffic is allowed on the road. Shops are located on either side of the road. There are showrooms and supermarkets in MG road selling branded clothes and footwear. Also there are shops selling traditional Sikkimese costumes, shawls, footwear, traditional jewellery, winter jackets, woolens, souveniers and gifts. MG Road is also a great place to buy Tibetan clothes. And don't forget to buy Tibetan Jackets, Singling Bowls, Tibetan Curios, Buddha Heads, Stone Jewellery, Thangkas (intricate Tibetan artwork), Prayer Wheels, Prayer Flags from the market. The Sikkimese cups sold here are one of the unique things. These cups come in traditional and attractive designs and in different colour. New market is a famous for books. After the day's shopping when you are hungry you can check out the hotels, restaurants and fast food outlets in MG Road as the place has hotels and restaurants on both sides.
Lal Bazar is another market area you should never miss. In Lal Bazar you can opt for finest local costumes and local products. If you are looking for cheap foreign goods, visit Old bazar, Naya bazar and super market. Tibet Road is another area known for shopping. Lovers of handloom and handicraft items should never miss this area. From here you can pick up handcrafted item like products made of cane and bamboo, woolen carpet, traditional Sikkimese costume, mats, handbags, wall hangings, bed sheets, paintings, wood carvings, wooden furniture and so on.
State handloom and handicraft Emporium is known for wall hangings, leather goods, Masks, carpets and Tibetan, Bhutia and Lepcha dresses.