Sikkim is a place that has such a different culture when it compared to other regions of India. Being in the corners with no direct route to reach here, this place is rich with history as well as culture. There are so many things you can learn about Sikkim and some of them are not even known to Sikkimese themselves.
However, this makes all the more difficult to figure on what things one should buy while in Sikkim and what holds what value exactly. Below I am mentioning just that, a comprehensive list of souvenirs you can shop from Sikkim. And these are not just my tips, this comes straight from the books of Sikkim. Cheers!
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Souvenirs to Shop While in Sikkim –
1. Prayer Flags
If you want to keep your souvenir simple, even a prayer flag would be the best thing to take away from Sikkim. These flags can be found all over Sikkim at every corner of the road and add a very peaceful vibe to nature. You will get these in various sizes for you to choose from.
2. Canvas Wall Hangings
These are the paintings that portray the face profiles and life of the local people. You will also find some depicting the eight lucky signs.
These are religious scrolls usually hung on the walls. These are richly fabricated or even embroidered in some cases with the religious depictions. They are slightly costly though
4. Woollen Carpets
Thick and heavy carpets made of pure sheep wool and come in different sets suitable for your sofas, dewans, beds and car seats. They cost above INR 4,000/-
5. Chosees (Traditional Folding Tables)
These are small wooden tables that bear intricate design related to Buddhism and can be folded into a carry back
Sikkim tea from Temi Tea Gardens has exotic taste and flavour. You may pick packets before leaving. It comes in brands as Temi Tea/Sikkim Solja/Denzong Tea.
7. Sikkimese Traditional Dress
The Sikkimese dress looks quite like Nepalese dress and has a really different style when compared to the rest of the Indian clothes. The dresses are made of Silk and also has a hat that can be taken away as a souvenir as well.
8. Fruit Juice
Sikkim Supreme produces various fruit juices, jams, and candies. The most popular ones are orange and passion fruit juices, Khangchen berry juices, and ginger candies.
You will find quite a lot of pickle varieties produced in Sikkim. The popular ones are those of Round Chillies (Dalley) and Bamboo shoots.
10. Sikkim Liquor
Sikkim produces some popular fine quality liquors and is comparatively cheap. You may take home a couple of souvenir brands like Shangrila (whiskey), Fireball (Brandy), Old Gold (Whiskey) and a souvenir pack having miniature sample bottles of all brands.
This is a hard alternative to betel nut made out of yak milk and is a nice chew to keep your mouth busy.
Giant masks are used by monks and locals to perform rituals. One of the prominent ones that I was able to witness was in ‘Pang Lhabsol’. Every warrior in this dance was wearing the mask and each mask signified something.
To Read Our Other Guides on Sikkim follow the links below –
1. Hidden Gems in North and East Sikkim – Accommodation and Itinerary
2. 5 Shields to Adopt While Traveling Solo – Sikkim
3. North and West Sikkim Guide for Two People: Budget and Itinerary
4. 15 Breathtaking Places To Visit in Sikkim for First Time Visitors
5. Solo Experience on the Silk Route – Zuluk Travel Guide
Loved the details. Would be visiting soon.
choksees not chosees.