Specilaty Shops of Kathmandu Tour, Kathmandu (Self Guided)

If you choose to do some upmarket shopping in Kathmandu, then specialty shops are the answer. Though the prices are slightly higher, service and quality is better. Of course, even here, you can't buy authentic antiques, but you can acquire some representative items: Newari items in bronze, brass and copper, Tibetan woolen garments, etc. Take this walking tour through Kathmandu's specialty shops to purchase the best traditional artifacts.
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Specilaty Shops of Kathmandu Tour Map

Guide Name: Specilaty Shops of Kathmandu Tour
Guide Location: Nepal » Kathmandu (See other walking tours in Kathmandu)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: helenp
Dharmapala Thangka Center

1) Dharmapala Thangka Center

Dharmapala Thangka Center is situated on Durbar Marg, near the south gate of the Royal palace. This is not only a shop, but also a showroom where you can admire the thangkas being painted. Thangka is a Tibetan art form. A thangka is a colorful image covered with a silk fabric that depicts a Buddhist deity, or a scene from the life of Buddha.
Curio Arts

2) Curio Arts

Curio Arts is situated on Durbar Marg, one of the main shopping streets of Kathmandu. It is an excellent place to shop for statues. The Nepalese make statues from both metal and stone. The first real stone carvings started under the influence of the Mathura Art of India, and can be seen in the Pashupathinath temple complex. Blacksmiths use ashtadhatu (amalgam of eight metals) to make statues. Copper and bronze are, also, two of the most popular materials for handicrafts in Nepal.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm
Mandala Book Point

3) Mandala Book Point

Mandala Book Point is situated on Kantipath, in the center of Kathmandu, near the Nabil Bank. The shop's purpose is to familiarize foreigners with the culture and religion of the Himalayan region by means of books. Mandala has a vast collection of titles on various subjects: History, Anthropology, Politics, Art, etc. Also, books in French are available in this bookshop.

Operation hours: Sunday - Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 10:30 am - 5 pm
Phapa Cengreshi Thangka Painting School

4) Phapa Cengreshi Thangka Painting School

Phapa Cengreshi Thangka Painting School is situated on Jayatha Tole. This is a school where you can see thangkas being painted in front of you. Thangka consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered, over which a textile is mounted, and then a silk cover is laid on top. Originally, thangka painting became popular among traveling monks because the scroll paintings were easily transported. Nowadays, it is a popular handicraft item for tourists.
Tea World

5) Tea World

Tea World is situated in the center of Thamel district, next to the Student Guest House. It is a trustworthy place for buying quality tea and spices. The shop's manager is truly exceptional - he will offer you the possibility to taste all kinds of tea and will give you a lot of information about it. Tea is the traditional drink in Nepal. Locals like to add milk or cream to it.
Aroma Garden

6) Aroma Garden

Aroma Garden is situated in Thamel, at the crossroads of Thamel Road and Bhagwan Bahal. It is one of the best-smelling boutiques in the Thamel district - incense, aromatic oils and soaps are sold here. Incense is normally burnt in a Nepalese temple, but you can also burn it in your own house for a nice fragrance. It is not dangerous for health, as it is made from vegetables and oils.
Paper Park

7) Paper Park

Paper Park is situated on Chakshibari Marg. This shop was established in 1997 and since then has been selling high-quality handmade paper. Its purpose is to acquaint visitors with the Nepalese craft of paper making. Handmade paper is used to produce note nooks, photo albums, greeting cards, gift bags, etc. All of them are made from authentic lokta paper. All these items can be purchased in different colors, designs and sizes.
Nepal Book Depot

8) Nepal Book Depot

Nepal Book Depot is situated at the intersection of Kathmandu Guesthouse Road and Chakshibari Marg. The shop offers some of the lowest prices for Nepalese and international books. Here you will find a wide range of books on the following themes: Carpets, Mountaineering, Wildlife, Literature, Yoga, Ayurveda, Health, etc.
Amrita Craft Collection

9) Amrita Craft Collection

Amrita Craft Collection has been a representative shop involved in the handicraft commerce since 1985. It has since grown considerably and no longer resembles the small shop selling a small number of items that it once was. It sells thangkas, prayer wheels, wooden carvings, jewelry, Mithila art, gems, and many other goods. In 2000, Amrita Craft Collection was recognized as a top exporter of cotton.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 7 pm

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kathmandu for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kathmandu has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kathmandu, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.