6 Most famous things to buy in Nainital
If you like to shop special things of your travel places Nainital will not disappoint you.The hill station has many popular specialties for shopping ranging from the wax candles to the brass items.Apart from the ever bustling mall road there are plenty of smaller bazaars for you to explore and bargain.
1 Uniquely Designed Candles
You can find beautiful wax candles at several gift shops in Nainital.The flourishing candle industry which was started in the early 90's is involved mainly in handmade decorative candle.These candles come in attractive shapes and aromas.
If you are looking for a memorable stuffs , these candles , serve the purpose well.They have reasonable price ( as low as Rs 35 ! ) and yet look quite beautiful.There are two places I would particularly like to mention – Pandey Gift and General Store at Sattal Lake and Factory Shop of Uttarakhand Textile Development Corporation in Pandegaon on Naukuchiatal-Road.
2 Fruit Products
The fruit products are also a popular item of Nainital.There is a shop on Bhimtal-Bhowali road called fruitage which sells these products.They include jams , squashes , juices , chutney and pickles.In particular pickles of lemon (they are bigger in size than normal lemons ) and Chilli (I especially recommend this ! ) are the most sold items.
The other popular items are Apple chutney (from Mukteshwar and Ranikhet orchards) and Buransh (flower) Squash which has some medicinal benefits.Among dry fruits you can purchase walnuts , plum , kafal , strawberry and apricot which are local fruits.
3 Woolen Items
People also like to buy woolen clothes including shawls , mufflers , scarves from the market called Bhutia market that falls behind Naina Devi Temple.However compared to Darjeeling’s Market I found these stuffs a bit pricey.Never mind , there is a wide variety and design of woolen stuffs to buy here.
The State’s Textile Development Factory Shop at Pandegaon has good collection of ethnic wear.The price in my view was little higher although it has a wide variety and range.
4 Bamboo Fabric
This is a unique thing to buy exclusively from Nainital.The bamboo fibers are used to make these kind of clothes.The best part of this kind of cloth is that it keeps you odor free and feeling and smelling fresh.The bamboo clothes keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.The price starts around Rs 1800.
The clothes made from papaya fibers are also a unique thing to buy.
Factory Shop of Uttarakhand Textile Development Corporation in Pandegaon on Naukuchiatal-Road sells this kind of product.
5 Pine Tree Craftworks
The stuffs made from fallen pinecones are also remarkable pieces of souvenir to buy from the gift shops of Nainital.These kinds of craft work are readily available at many tourist places in Nainital and Bhim Tal.The price begins from some where around Rs 100.
The shops located near Naukuchiatal can be checked for pine craft items as they seemed to have a reasonable price.
6 Bells of Ghorakhal’s Golu Temple
The Brass Bells are offered to Lord Golu at Ghorakhal Temple of Nainital..Golu Devta i.e Lord Golu is a legendary mythological and historical God of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand state of India.The price of these bells range from Rs 51 to 5000.
You can find thousands of bells of every size hanging over the temple premises.
Himanshu is blogger and an avid adventure enthusiast with a passion for travel and cultural immersion.