Shopping is Sikkim is truly a delightful experience. The main markets for shopping are Old market, New Market and Lal market. Here you will find all kind of shops, which offer good range of items to be purchased. Being a tourist you can buy many attractive items like carved furniture, the dresses, Lepcha weave bags, Carpets & Durries with intricate designs and colourful decorations. One can also buy wooden and bamboo artifacts. Gangtok is the most ideal place, for those, who loves collecting handmade decorative items.
The handicraft and handloom directorate office and the showroom are on the
crossing of MG Marg and New market. The Gramin Vikas Agency showroom is also
located here. In these showrooms you can buy carpets, masks, bright Choktse
tables, Thangka hangings, etc.
Besides the places of interest, Sikkim also offers the added attraction of
A wide spectrum of handicrafts is available for the tourist to take back as
souvenirs, showpieces. It is 'worth buying few handicrafts items here. You
will find numerous items to decorate your Drawing rooms as a remembrance of
your visit to Sikkim.
wall-hangings depicting painting on different aspects of Sikkim. Most of
these paintings portray face profiles of tribals, eight lucky signs,
dragons, religious processions etc. Thangkas or religious scrolls can also
be purchased. Choktsees are small wooden tables about one and half to two
feet in height with intricate local Tibetan designs on the sides. They are
foldable and can easily be carried.
Carpet and Rugs
Tibetan woollen carpets are very expensive and are adorned with intricate
designs and patterns reflecting the art and culture of this state. Made of
pure sheep wool, these carpets use brilliant vegetable dyes.
The exquisitely carved Dragon sets of silver and gold inlaid with precious
stones are unique to Sikkim. These consist of finely designed dragons on
earrings, pendants, finger-rings etc. and can be ordered either in silver or
Sikkim tea, which is mainly grown in Temi Tea Estate, is famous the world
over and carries a big premium in the world market. The Sikkim tea is
characterized by its exotic taste and flavour. It sells by the brand name of
"Solja" and "Khangchendzonga" and it is a good idea to
carry a few packets back home.
Big Cardamom or Bari Klachi
Cardamom or Elachi grows in abundance in Sikkim. You can purchase a few