SHOPPING IN MANALI
There are lots of things to shop while enjoying your honeymoon trip or even if you have come up with your family Manali has lots to opt for shopping starting from scarves, fabrics, artificial jewellery, tibetan handicrafts, kullu shawls, locally crafted souvenirs, jumpers, etc. Bargaining is must at some local shops but some old shops has already marked as " Fixed Price" so one can choose as per the requirement.
Where and What to Shop in Manali
After coming from the sightseeing Mall Road is the best place to explore for shopping. Some other popular markets are
Near to Mall road there is a Manu market famous for artificial jewellery. It is a good place to buy Tibetan handicrafts as well. Stalls are there selling colourful artificial fruit and cooking utensils, electrical goods. Some local shops also providing ponchus which are in fashion these days for youth. It is very attractive and comes in huge variety and colours.
Old Manali Market
It is a market near Club house best for bohemian jewellery, hippy style clothing, touristy souvenirs. This market is the hub of foreign travellers and backpackers. Prices are meant as per them so beware of the prices and should have good bargaining talent. You can also buy key rings from the street vendors with your name written on it. Woollen clothes are also famous here.
Tibetan shops you can get almost every part of Kullu Manali. You can buy tibetan handicrafts, clothes, jewellery and other unique items. Kullu shawls are also famous and can be buy from these shops.
Kesar / Shilajit
You will find lots of vendors walking all around Manali, Solang Valley, Van Vihar selling Kesar (Shilajit) and other Himalayan herbal products. Kesar is used in cooking of Indian cuisines like kheer, hot milk, rice etc. Shilajit is found in Himalaya coming out from the rock cracks in form of red. It also increases sexual health and stamina. It also helps in stress releif.
Bhuttico is a shop in Manali established in 1944 by a group of village women. It is known to be best in the handloom shawls. It has won the National Awas from the Ministry of Textiles. You can buy different variety of shawls here. Bhuttico charges fixed price and is a good place to gauge price and quality.