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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to shop in Gangtok?

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Shopping In Gangtok is a wholesome experience, the main markets being Old market, New market and Lal market. For a collector of handmade decorative pieces, Gangtok is a paradise.The must buys include handicrafts, canvas wall hangings, thankas, prayer wheels, Tibetan carpets, rugs and jewellery. Sikkim tea, processed food and cardamom are famous and can be bought for you and the ones waiting for you at home. Passion fruit Squash, Alpine Cheese, Temi Tea & Maha Gurudev Tea are some of the local products. Clueless about where to shop all these goodies from? Just read on to know.

  • Sikkim Handicraft and Handloom Emporium
    Conveniently located in the capital city, this place is a must visit for all the tourists.Apart from shopping, this place is also a training centre for the needy women, who wish to learn handicraft and sell their merchandise. The staff is warm and helpful and the prices are very reasonable as compared to the other shops at MG road. Most of the handloom and handicraft items produced in the state are beautifully showcased here which include thanka paintings, carpets, handlooms, wooden carved and painted items, wooden masks, cane and bamboo works, traditional hats and caps, multi-craft items, embroidered products and stuffed dolls.

    Address: Zero Point
    Official Website:www.sikkimtourism.travel/Webforms/General/Shopping/HandicraftHandloom.

  • Kandoika
    Famous for Tibetan curios and Sikkimese curios, the prices of this emporium are a little on the high side. Since the shop probably has the largest collection and is located on main M.G.Road, it does good business so it will be difficult for you to bargain. But remember to bargain still, you might get your bid. The must buys here are curios of Tibetan, Chinese and Sikkimese origin.

    Address:MG Road

  • Rachna Bookstore
    This place is a paradise for book lovers. Located about a ten minute walk away from the main bazaar, it is by far the best bookstore in the city. The store has wide selection of titles and will stocked collection with a knowledgeable owner. Occasionally exhibitions, film and music events are held on the terrace upstairs.

    Address: Development Area
    Telephone: +91-359-2204336
    Official Website:www.rachnabooks.com

  • Golden Tips Showroom
    This exclusive tea boutique will tantalize you with its wide range of Tea collection. A truly unique and one of a kind boutique in Sikkim, it has around 150 varieties of tea from fine tea estates like Sikkim, Darjeeling and Nilgiri. The interiors trace and celebrate the history of tea since its inception. The brand Golden Tips has showrooms in various cities in India.

    Address: Yangthang House
    Sonam Tshering Marg
    Kazi Road
    Telephone: +91-359-2203437
    Official Website:http://www.goldentipstea.com/Showrooms-Gangtok.asp

Gangtok has plenty of shops and thus gives lots of choices. The shopaholic in you will surely be satisfied and the experience will leave a long lasting impression in your heart.

Ashish Kumar Aug 07 2014
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