Shopping in Ladakh can be quite a memorable and authentic experience, as there are so many things quite unique and authentic to Ladakh, which are worth buying. Some of the favorite picks of travelers are :
Pashmina wool garments (shawls, stoles, etc)
Handmade woolens (socks, gloves, caps, sweaters, etc)
Tibetan silver jewelry
Traditional Ladakhi jewelry with turquoise
Hand-woven rugs and carpets
Turquoise and Coral Stones
There are a lot of open markets as well as established stores. Some of the recommended shopping hubs are as below:
Ladag Apricot Store
This store is famous for its local fruit products, especially the apricots.
This bookshop publishes locally relevant works and stocks Olizane’s indispensable Ladakh Trekking Maps.
This cool outlet offers an environmentally friendly laundry service, water refills, juices, and range of local products as well as second-hand books.
Handicrafts Industrial Co-operative Shop
This shop sells wooden choktse tables carved with images of mythical beats.These tables are beautiful expressions of Ladakhi art and culture.
This street has many tiny shops selling prayer flags and other Buddhist paraphernalia
This market has many shops selling cheap clothes, bags and limited camping supplies.
This shop sells postcards, calendars, handicrafts and Ladakhi clothing. All the profits are invested in projects for women empowerment.
This shop offers climbing and trekking gear on rent.
This shop sells local and musical instruments.
This is a boutique selling Tibetan fabrics and crafts.
This shop sells locally produced crafts and clothes.
Tibetan Refugee Market
This market has several Tibetan artifacts and souvenir items like Tibetan made lock, fish shaped locks, puzzle locks. There are earrings, rings and pendants made of silver with different stones or China pearls.
A few other shopping gems worth exploring are as below:
Main Bazaar Road
Ladakh Art Palace
Tibetan Handicraft Emporium
Ladakh Environment and Health Organization
Tibetan Handicraft Community Showroom
Cottage Industries Exposition
More Information on Ladakh :
11. Festivals of Ladakh.
12. Wildlife of Ladakh.
13. Flora of Ladakh.