A Shopping Guide: Where and What to Shop in Manali?

As it is said, Shopping is a great stress buster for some and a habit for others. So Trip to Manali would be considered incomplete if you don’t shop around in the local markets of the place. No matter what your budget and preferences are, get your hands on the best things to buy in Manali when you are on your next vacation here. You will love to explore the Mall Road, which is always crowded with people and has loads of shops that sell good stuff which will surely demand your attention. Old Manali is another shopping destination which attracts the Shopaholics who want to stock their bags with fancy stuffs and electronic goods.

Though the hill station is a not exactly a shopper’s paradise, it offers quite a few interesting options. Here are some things you must buy:

  • Woolen Clothing
  • Tibetan & Himalayan Handicrafts
  • Kullu Shawls
  • Prayers Wheels
  • Thangkas
  • Dorjes
  • Kullu Caps
  • Exotic herbs
  • Beautiful Carpets
  • Buddhist Ritual Artifacts

Here is a quick look at some of the places to go for shopping in Manali:

Tibetan Bazaar

Tibetan Market is the perfect place to pick up some Tibetan handicrafts & Souvenirs. Known for its hand-woven carpets, shawls, shoes and other woolen apparels, the market offers an interesting peek into Tibetan culture. So if you are going for a shopping in this market, make sure you bargain before you settle for any price.

Mall Road

Mall Road of Manali is the main market in Manali and also the main attraction for tourists, especially women. It is always buzzing with activities all through the day and lined with several hotels, restaurants and bars. Visitors can buy rugs, shawls, woolen caps, books, jewellery, and wooden furniture here. You can explore other markets on the Mall road like Hong Kong Market, Dragon Shopping Complex, Shangri La Shopping Complex, Snow Lion Underground Market, New NAC Market, Lama Underground and Thai Market. Around 7 km away from this market, WelcomHeritage Urvashi’s Retreat is situated in the arms of nature, which is the best place to stay in Manali.

Old Manali Market

Shopping in Old Manali is a completely different experience as compared to shopping in the crowded market of New Manali. You will find funky T-shirts, silver jewellery, colorful woolens and a wide range of old music CD’s here.

Manu Market

Manu market is an ancient marketplace, located next to the main street in New Manali. It is an Indian style market with narrow lanes lined with the shops, a good number of restaurants serving delicious cuisine and few economy lodging options. From clothes to footwear, food, electrical appliances, cooking utensils and jewellery, there are apparently endless items on sale in this market.

So if you are planning a trip to Manali, you have to know the right places to hit when it comes to shopping in Manali & do buy one of the items mentioned above. Also, check out the best resorts in Manali and plan out your vacation in the serenity of hills.