Shopping in Dharamshala is an exciting experience if you bargain and purchase local items like Tibetan carpets and mats. They are hand woven and available in various shapes, sizes and colors. The designs on these carpets draw inspiration from nature and natural surroundings. Some of the hand woven items may also have religious figures or spiritual symbols.
During your visit to the famous Kotwali Bazaar you can pick up handcrafted items such as carpets depicting the culture of Dharamshala through stories or monuments, traditional Tibetan hats, bags, trousers, slippers, and Chubas (sheepskin coats). You can also buy woolen shawls, prayer wheels and prayer flags. Jewellery is also famous in Dharamshala. You can pick up Tibetan trinkets and other traditional pieces of jewellery. If you are fond of art and painting, you can purchase special mandala paintings and exquisite thangkas. You can also go in for traditional Tibetan dresses. Carry some of these as souvenirs or gift items for your family and friends and they are sure to be appreciated.