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Shopping in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is not only a favored destination for nature lovers and pilgrims but also for shopaholics. The state has some of the most beautiful markets. These markets have a lot to keep you engaged and give you a great shopping experience. And almost all the cities in Uttarakhand are lined-up shops selling everything under the sun.

The best things to buy during your tour to Uttarakhand include unique handmade accessories and gems, various woodcrafts, woolen articles, Gharwali paintings, and regional handicrafts and handlooms. Munsiyari, Mussoorie, Almora, Nainital, Dehradun, etc., are famous places with amazing shopping markets.

As a tourist, it is essential to know that these shopping markets in Uttarakhand are the bread and butter for more than 10,000 people living in this state. They make baskets, mats, furniture, and other handicrafts that remain in good condition for about 6 to 7 years if properly maintained. Besides these, there are many profit companies in Panchachuli and other areas that sell handwoven and hand-knitted items, spices, herbs, and juices.

Popular Shopping Items in Uttarakhand

From the endless list of amazing items you can buy in Uttarakhand, below is a detailed list of items you should definitely check out on your trip to Uttarakhand.

Ringaal Handicraft

Ringaal basketry, among various handicrafts, is particularly famous around Kumaon and the Garhwal region. Ringaal people of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand created this handicraft. It is an ancient art of the state, made using bamboo, a commonly found perennial grass in Uttarakhand. Other items Ringaal people make are mats, kitchen items, baskets, and furniture. As the items produced are green in color, owing to the color of the bamboo, they are decorated and colored with pink and yellow, and inner splits are blackened using fire.

  • Wax Craft

This is one of the most famous crafts in Uttarakhand. There are many hill towns like Nainital where you can get candles of unique shapes and sizes. They make excellent decor items and are great souvenir items. Earlier used for lighting, the wax craft was shifted to decorative purposes in the 1990s as Nainital became famous. Ribbon, apple, tortoise, and candles of different scents are available in Uttarakhand’s Nainital hill station.

  • Copperware

Another commonly found item while shopping in Uttarakhand is copperware. This material is mined in both Garhwal and Kumaon regions. The copper obtained from here was used back in the day to make hand-beaten copperware and musical instruments. Even after the mines are no longer used, the coppersmith community continues this tradition. Copper pots, water tillers, masks, and drinking glasses can be bought from Uttarakhand markets.

  • Aipan

This folk art is linked with the legends of the Kumaon’s traditions. It is a native art form of the Kumaon and blends the skills and imagination of the artisans. You can get your hands on wall hangings, bookmarks, coasters, shawls, stoles, photo frames, and other items.

  • Wooden Crafts

The state of Uttarakhand is particularly known for its woodwork. It is an ancient art form that thrives in various hill towns and cities. One such place is Gunjyal Village. The people here took the initiative of woodcraft and had skilled people working day and night to create animal figures, walking sticks, miniatures, and figures of god, all from wood.

  • Rambaans Handicrafts

These handicrafts are a traditional art form done with jute and hemp. Rambaans Handicraft uses fibers in creating items like bags, purses, showpieces, and wall hangings. You will find these items in the greener parts of the state, where the jute and hemp are found in large quantities.

  • Juices and Jams

Among the best things to buy in Uttarakhand are juices and jams. They are freshly made and sent to supermarkets for sale. Once you taste these jams, it will be an experience of actually eating fruit. There are different flavors of jams like mixed fruit, apple, strawberry, mango, blueberries, and more.

  • Local Wine

For all wine connoisseurs, Uttarakhand is a great place to try the local wines in the wineries. They are not in any comparison better than the Sula or French wines, but they will get you tipsy. Wines in Uttarakhand can be bought from local wine shops. They are made with apple cider and grapes and are not that expensive.

  • Angora and Pashmina

One of the best things to get while shopping in Uttarakhand is woolen. They are available at reasonable prices and are of great quality. Almora is one of the best places to get Angora and Pashmina items. Many Gramodyog and Village women groups manufacture caps, socks, woolen mufflers, and gloves.

  • Spices and Pickles

If you love pickles, get some in Uttarakhand’s best shopping markets. The government and NGOs in Uttarakhand have formed Gramodyog and Rural Women Groups to develop the rural areas. These groups are responsible for the packaging of organic spices and pickle making.


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FAQs about Shopping in Uttarakhand

Q: What are the famous things to buy in Uttarakhand?

Ans. Handicrafts, handlooms, jams, juices, wooden crafts, copperware, Tibetan items, woolen clothing, and pickles are some of the best things to buy in Uttarakhand.

Q: Which is the famous jewelry of Uttarakhand?

Ans. Pahari women are fond of silver and gold jewelry. So next time you visit, here are some famous jewelry of Uttarakhand you can get.

  • Nathuli
  • Gala Bandh
  • Hansuli/Khagwali
  • Bulaq
  • Pahunchi
  • Pauja
  • Bichuwa
  • Kundals/Balis
  • Kamar bandh (Tagdi/Tigdi)
Q: Which craft is famous in Uttarakhand?

Ans. Uttarakhand is famous for its unique crafts.Some of the popular ones are wood carving, jewelry making, candle making, Ringaal handicraft, and Rambaans handicraft.