McLeodGanj is a famous tourist Shopping centre in Himachal and many tourists come here to study Tibetan Buddhism, culture, crafts etc.Mcleodganj is specially famous for Trendy Styled Clothes, Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments and other souvenirs.colorful handicraft shops and stalls along each step, which will encourage you to shop till you drop.. There’s lot of stuff for young girls like jewelry, handbags, shawls or stoles etc..
In Mcleodganj, you find Tibetan aromatic candles, oils, and incense sticks. Silver and gemstones or semi-precious stones, prayer flags, Tibetan artifacts, bronze statues, thangkas, small prayer wheels, cham-dance–masks which look quite interesting.
If you need Good Luck Budhas, Head to Mcleodganj, Different types of Budha Statutes are available at Mcledoganj. Varous types include Health Budha, Sleeping Budha, Peace Budha etc. Apart from variation is sizes.
You may find price difference between prices offered by various shops for similar stuff, Hence please do bargaining and also check stuff from road-side kiosks to have an Idea about pricings. You will find that some times you can bargain for 1/3 or half the price. Cheapest Shops you will find in the main market near to Dalai Lama's Residence.
Apart from Soveniers, Mcledoganj Market is also popular for cloths among foreigners & Indians.
Apart from the Bargain Hunting Shops, You can also buy things to Support Tibetan Community from Standard Shops ( No Bargaining Here)
THC Employs newly arrived refugees in the weaving of Tibetan carpets. visitors are welcome to watch the weavers in action. For made-to-order clothing, including Tibetan dresses, blouses and waistcoats head over the road to the tailoring section across the road.
TCV Has a huge range of Tibetan souvenirs at fixed prices, including good value T-shirts and traditional wall hangings. Sales benefit the Tibetan Children’s Village.
This organisation offers a similar tailoring service to that of the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre of Tibet, providing work for newly arrived women refugees.
Here you can buy products of Himalaya Herbal Teas.
Due to the large number of international travelers visiting Mcleodganj, Book collection in Mcleodganj Shops is excellent. They offer multi-lingual books in German, French, Spanish, Japanese books. Mcleodganj has Many cafes, which offer free wifi with collection of Books also, e,g Mandala and Moonpeak - next to each other on Temple Road - offer free wifi provided you spend 100 rupees on food or drink. Another good Cafe is Common Ground having good reading collection, Cafe offers food choices.
Good Book Shops include BookWorm,
Dharamshala Community Library is a perfect place for a library to be located - it offers brilliant view of the Dhauladhar mountains. In Dharamshala, there is a huge presence of books everywhere.. in cafes, in bookshops, etc. But these books and stores cater mainly to the tourists who visit the town.
One thing which you definitly need to shop from Mcleodganj is the Singing Bowl, It is a unique artifact which has healing powers & the magical sound touches your core within.
According to tradition, the Singing bowls are made of seven metals with each metal representing one of the Planets:-
To the ancient philosophers all visible things were the symbols and representations of invisible powers, thoughts & ideas of the 'Gods' out there in the heavens above. Therefore forms of singing bowls, Tibetan bells, gongs or tingshaws, would alchemically give rise to Sound which would connect the listener with the far reaches of the 'divine forces' and bring the mind of the listener into alignment with unity of everything.
Handmade Singing Bowls Mcleodganj
Hot metal was poured onto a flat stone and when cool, was beaten into the shape of a bowl. In modern times, the nomadic smiths seem to have disappeared and sadly, the secret knowledge handed down is dying out with them. Singing bowls produce as many different sounds as there are variations in their metallic content.
Each Singing Bowl is Unique
Every metal manifests its individual sound and harmonics - each offering it's own exceptional medicine of sound - giving a sense of great peacefulness, space and paradoxically profound silence.
Each bowl has a life of its own and sings it's unique song. The resonance flows around and through the body, sympathetically tuning it. You can hum or intone directly into the resonating bowl. The voice reinforces what the ears are hearing & creates a circuit connecting the ears with the voice, resulting in a more focussed listening mode. The difference between hearing & listening now becomes obvious. Two of the advised guidelines for meditation are the focussing on breath or alternatively on sound. The vibratory sounds of the Singing Bowl are ideal for stilling the mind & bringing it into a centred clarity.
How Singing Bowl ‘Sings’
SingingBowl Therapy Mcleodganj
Courtesy Kailash Yoga
Price of the singing bowl depends & Vary according to weight, height, diameter, wall thickness & quality of sound.