The markets of Bhutan are ethnic, traditional and loaded with stuffs that every traveller would love to bring home. The mementos and souvenirs are myriad in types, size and purpose.
Leaving apart the beautiful natural surroundings and the vaulting cliffs, Bhutan has lot more to offer to a traveler in terms of unique and novel vacation gateways. If the Tigers' Nest monastery blows you off your feet, then the varied and colorful Bhutan markets would be another place to know Bhutan better and closer.Souvenir hunting is not rocket science here! Any market in Thimphu, Paro or Bumthang would cater to you in picking up whatever you feel like or your luggage space allows- from hand-woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, thangkhas, wooden bowls, handmade paper to finely-crafted metal objects.
Thimphu has a bevy of stalls and shopping corners like Bhutan Archery Shop, Choki Handicrafts, Druk Handicraft, Druktrin Rural Handicraft, Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre and more. Time would slip away while you would find yourself jaded among ethnic items. Paro comes strong with Handicraft Emporium, Chencho Handicraft and Deki Dem shops. The art gallery shops are the places that might serve you with a one roof solution to your shopping spree in Bhutan.
Imagine you are wearing a Yathra, brightly colored woven material made from wool and dyed with natural colors back home and leaving onlookers speculating or serving soup in a dappa (hand made wooden bowls) while you invite your boss for dinner. Traditionally dressed shop keepers and their simple gestures and genuine smiles make your stroll worth and happy. Himalayan shopping has a new definition in Bhutanese markets and being shopaholic isn't a crime here!