10 Top Nepalese Souvenirs

Nepal is well-known for the Buddhist traditions and the highest mountains in the world. However, these are not the only things Nepal is famous for. In search of Nepalese souvenirs, you can find unique and cheap things, which will remind you of the happy moments.

 

1. Singing Bowls

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Wherever you go, you will hear the sonorous singing of the bowls in every touristic place. Music plays a therapeutic role in the lives of poor Nepalese, and singing bowls are the most popular musical instruments.

 

Everybody can play singing bowls, which produce meditative music for relaxation and concentration.

 

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2. Buddhist Flags

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Thanks to religious inscriptions on the Buddhist flags, they have a spiritual role in Nepalese life. No wonder you will see them around every temple. Moreover, the flags became a part of Nepalese culture, and you can see them inside the local houses.

 

A set of Nepalese flags can be a lovely decoration of your room at home. They are cheap, so take another set of flags for your friends as well.

 

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3. Spices

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Just like the Indians, Nepalese people can’t imagine their lives without spices. Masala, which is a set of peppers, is used in most of the local dishes.

 

If you want to surprise someone, give a set of spicy candies to the person. They are widely spread in Nepalese shops.

 

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4. Cannabis Bags

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Souvenirs made of cannabis are widely sold in touristic areas of Nepal for the last decade. And bags made of cannabis are the most popular items made of the material. They are durable and convenient in usage. Together with clothes made of marijuana you can have a relaxed style, which is very popular among young people.

 

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5. Pashmina

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Pashmina is a traditional type of textile in Nepal. It is made from the fur of Himalayan sheep and is renowned for its softness and naturalness of color. Such cashmere products as shawls, scarves, mufflers, sweaters and other winter clothes have long gained world fame. Natural pashmina, unlike artificial dyed fibers, is much softer and warmer, making Nepalese cashmere an excellent souvenir at an affordable price.

 

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6. Tea

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The world-famous black tea is produced in Ilam, the mountainous region of eastern Nepal. Usually, Nepalese tea is packed in small colored purses of 100-200 gram each, which is ideal for giving to relatives or friends. You can find a variety of tea in Kathmandu and Pokhara, such as masala tea (with spices), Darjeeling, and Bunch (green tea).

 

If you are a real connoisseur of tea, visit tea plantations in eastern Nepal to enrich yourself with emotions and flavors.

 

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7. Masks

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Masks have always been popular among Hindus in the Kathmandu Valley which is an integral part of important representations and festivals. The masks of various gods are dressed by artists dancing Lakhe during the annual week festival Indra Jatra.

 

One of the most popular masks is the mask of the god Bhairav – the god of terror, one of the faces of Shiva and the mask of Ganesha. It looks traditional!

 

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8. Mandalas

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Mandalas are peculiar circle-shaped drawings with a plenty of different patterns. Pictures of mandala have traditional and sometimes religious meaning.

 

Mandala has a lot of tiny details depicted inside a circle. Sometimes it takes several weeks to draw a mandala. That’s why these drawings are highly appreciated in Nepalese culture.

 

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9. Mountain Pictures

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As Nepal is the highest country in the world, the Himalayas beckons mountain lover from everywhere. If you decide to trek in the mountains, you can take a plenty of amazing photos. However, there is something magical in drawings. Take one back home, which will remind you the beauty of Nepalese nature every day.

 

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10. Statuettes

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Metal statuettes of different Buddhist and Hindu gods are very popular among locals. Tourists adore them for their elegance and aesthetics. While the Nepalese put them in the Puja room for worship, tourists proudly add another Buddha to their souvenir collection. Figurines from the roots of trees resembling animals, reptiles, and humans will also be a worthy addition to your collection.

 

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