Regional specialties make a place unique. From fancy candles to pine decoratives to homemade delicacies, the beautiful lake city of Nainital thrives on a plethora of shopping districts and local markets where you can find local specialties. Though Mall Road is still the most happening place, you might want to take a peek at other shopping hubs as well.
We’ve compiled a list of seven items you should buy during your vacation to Nainital since they’re all very exceptional and make fantastic mementos for friends and family!
1. Fancy Candles
Considering the cool climate in Nainital, it isn’t surprising that you get to see a lot of wax items, especially candles, in exclusive shopping hubs such as Mall Road and Bhotia Bazaar. Available in abundance and unique designs, these gorgeous-looking candles come in a gazillion shapes and scents! It is the topmost item among amazing things to buy in Nainital. The fancy candles from Nainital make for a perfect gifting option because they are available at very reasonable prices. These vintage candles come in pleasant aromas and textures, and they cost between 35 and 60 rupees.
Nainital’s flourishing candle industry began in the early 1990s and specialized in handmade decorative candles. Decorative candles are available in various shapes, sizes, and fragrances.
Anil Candles at Ayarpatta and Uttarakhand Textile Development Corporation’s manufacturing outlet in Padegaon on Naukuchiatal-Road have an outstanding collection.
2. Pine Cone Decorations
The next most popular thing to grab in Nainital is the showpieces made out of fallen pine cones. You can buy this decorative item from Nainital’s gift shops as a remarkable souvenir. Readily available at several tourist places of the city with price begins from Rs 100. The decorative items are easily available for purchase at Bara Bazaar in the bustling Mallital neighborhood. The market is regarded as one of the significant landmarks of the lake town. They are also available at the numerous shops located near Naukuchiatal.
3. Woolen Shawls And Sweaters
Woolen clothing, such as shawls, mufflers, scarves, and sweaters, is also popular among tourists that visit Nainital. The Bhutia market, located near the Naina Devi Temple, has a broad choice of colorful patterns to pick from. Tourists may also visit the State Textile Development Factory Shop in Pandegaon, which has a beautiful assortment of ethnic woolen items.
The colorful Tibetan Market also has a beautiful display of locally crafted items and exceptionally soft and warm woolens. This is where tourists will get a wide range of ethnic tunics, scarves, mufflers, bags, watches, shawls, and many junk accessories. Don’t forget the Panama hats and tiaras—the main attractions for shoppers here. The market remains open from 10 am to 8 pm so you can bargain to your heart’s content.
4. Homemade Eatables/Fruit Products
Fruits from Nainital are particularly well-known and in high demand. From local fruits to handmade jams, preserves, and chutney, there’s plenty to try! These are freshly prepared and available in quaint jars that can be taken home or gifted to near and dear ones.
On the Bhimtal-Bhowali road, Fruitage sells delicious jams, squashes, juices, chutney, and pickles. You should try their Lemon and Chilli pickles, as well as their Apple Chutney and Buransh squash.
The dry fruit selection at Nainital’s local store includes walnuts, plums, kafals, strawberries, and apricots. Numerous shops and outlets at the Mall Road and Bara Bazaar also sell all types of fruit-based products.
5. Jewelry And Accessories
Visitors can visit the Tibetan Market near the Naini Lake to purchase quirky jewelry and accessories. The market vendors sell some incredibly bright and one-of-a-kind jewels that may lend a new depth to clothes. Their patterns and combinations, made of gorgeous diamonds and stones, will make every woman’s heart sing.
6. Bamboo Fabric
The clothes made from bamboo fabric are a very exclusive thing to buy from Nainital. Clothes made from bamboo fabric have the advantage of keeping you odor-free, as well as keeping you fresh and feeling clean.
Bamboo clothes promise to keep cool in summer and warm in winters. The price starts around Rs 1800. In addition, garments made with papaya fibers are a one-of-a-kind purchase.
A wide range of these unique clothing items is available at the factory shop of Uttarakhand Textile Development Corporation near Naukuchiatal Road in Pandegaon.
7. Bells of Ghorakhal’s Golu Temple
Lord Golu is a mythical Deity in Uttarakhand’s Kumaun area. At the Ghorakhal Temple in Nainital, brass bells are offered to Lord Golu in prayer. Located on a hilltop, the temple serves as a shrine. Interestingly, thousands of bells of all sizes are hanging around the temple’s periphery. Ghorakhal Temple is also known as Nainital’s bell temple. Visitors can buy bells from vendors near the temple for Rs 51 and Rs 5000.
For someone who loves to shop for unique things while traveling, Nainital will not disappoint you. Stores on Mall Road offer a wide variety of beautiful gifts for all age groups, ranging from hand-woven outfits to beaded purses to customized socks, vintage jewelry, bookmarks, keychains, stationery.
Though the shops close down by 8 or 9 pm, make sure you hunt for goodies and bargain with the shopkeepers to purchase the best stuff. Happy Shopping!
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