Nepal ranks high on most adventurers’ bucket lists, and with good reason. Home to the magnificent Himalayas, Nepal reigns supreme when it comes to landscapes. Its world-famous trekking routes and national parks teem with vastly underrated wildlife. In its bustling market cities, cultures collide and living divinities hold court over ancient spiritualism.
If you’re lucky enough to make it here, you’ll want to bring home a keepsake or two to remind you of your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Whether you’re sifting through the stalls in Kathmandu’s Thamel neighbourhood, visiting Patan’s fair-trade shops or checking out the vendors in lakeside Pokhara, there’s a treasure trove of unique items to choose from. To help you return with the perfect memento, we’ve compiled a list of the best Nepal souvenirs.
Before you start browsing, keep these two small nuggets of advice in mind:
Tip 1: Don’t pay over the odds
Bargaining is commonplace in Nepal. Hone your haggling skills and aim for a 15 – 20% discount on your chosen Nepal souvenirs.
Tip 2: Avoid ‘antiques’
Unscrupulous vendors will often claim their wares as ancient, but this seldom rings true. And even if you do manage to find a bona fide piece of history, don’t be tempted to try and take it home. It’s illegal to bring antiques out of the country without a certificate of permission from the government.
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