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  1. Sandy
    September 11, 2013

    Just what thr doctor ordered! I always struggle to know what to bring back. Prayer wheels it is. Any prices?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 11, 2013

      The small prayer wheels usually start at 300 rupees but can be got with bargaining for around 200 rupees!

  2. Mandy
    September 11, 2013

    Ahh… few items already on my list like singing bowls, prayer wheels and ‘cling-clang’ bracelet & bangles :) Would love to buy item 3 & 8 too but worry might get fake items. How about their famous Ilma tea? Also saw a picture of Buddha’s hand holding a flower, no idea what it’s made of and the actual size but I like it.

    Yes this really comes in handy :) Thanks!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 11, 2013

      Hi Mandy,

      Yes there are a few tea shops around Thamel that are worth looking into. I’m not a huge tea drinker so can’t claim to be an expert though! ;)

      Don’t worry about fake singing bowls, prayer wheels, bracelets etc. They are all make in Nepal. It’s really just trekking gear, cashmere, silver and some Thankas you need to watch out for.

      Not sure which Buddha statue you mean? Most are carved from wood.

      • Mandy
        September 12, 2013

        Hi Dave,

        Any idea what’s the weight for a small singing bowl (I don’t want singing bowel, please)? :P

        Where would be cheaper to buy cashmere or pashmina? Some say KTM and others say Pokhara. I would be in KTM for the first & last few days of my trip, so I can always compare prices.

        Thank you.

      • Dave from The Longest Way Home
        September 12, 2013

        Hi Mandy,

        Opps about the singing “bowels” don’t want to hear them ;)

        A small singing bowl weighs about 250 grams.

        Best place to buy cashmere for your itinerary is certainly Kathmandu. Pokhara really doesn’t have that much of a selection. And Thamel (the touristy place) is probably your best bet unless you want to spend a few days searching for factory stores!!

        BTW I can give you the address of a reputable cashmere seller if you want. He’s right opposite a courier I know too just in case you go over weight, let me know.

      • Mandy
        September 12, 2013

        Hajur, please :) Dhanyabaad!

      • Dave from The Longest Way Home
        September 12, 2013

        No problem, I’ve just sent you a message. And here’s a big map of Thamel to help

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    September 11, 2013

    What gorgeous souvenirs!!!

  4. ved bell
    September 11, 2013

    as an expat, married to a nepalese woman, i find your information quite useful…..EXCEPT, the article on singing bowls:
    Travel Tip:
    The heavy dull old brass looking bowls are more likely to be handmade whilst the decorative near perfectly formed bowls are handmade.

    as you can see, both makes of bowls appear to be handmade. if Buddhist monks are making the bowls, i would expect them ALL to be perfect. but then, expectations are for being in the u.s., not in Nepal.

    thank you for the great articles.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 11, 2013

      Hi Ved, Yes, that was a typo. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ve corrected it now – “… the decorative near perfectly formed bowls are machine handmade”

      I’ve yet to see a Buddhist monk make a singing bowl. I’ve seen an old man up a mountain pound away with a mallet though!

  5. John
    September 11, 2013

    Really informative post here Dave, thanks for the effort you put in.

    Do you happen to know where I could buy one of those Nepalese window frames? A small one more for decorative purposes than an actual window frame.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 12, 2013

      Thanks John. Wooden window frames? Best bet would be in Bhaktapur, it’s also where the infamous peacock window frame is. There are a lot of carpenters in Bhaktapur. It would also be a lot cheaper than Kathmandu where they do sell them put at a premium.

  6. Elaine
    September 11, 2013

    Great information, thanks for sharing. Any chance you could write up the approximate prices for these?

    • Craig
      September 11, 2013

      I’ll second that. Just think it would be a good idea!

      • Dave from The Longest Way Home
        September 12, 2013

        @Craig, it is a good idea! And I’ve included the prices above just a while ago, thanks!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 12, 2013

      @Elaine Just added the prices, also on the main Nepal souvenir page too!

  7. Angela
    September 12, 2013

    I love all of these souvenirs. I can see them finding a good place in my interior.
    I wish I bought more souvenirs when I was traveling. I decided it was too much trouble to carry it all with me. In the end, it would have been fine and no trouble at all. Guess I have to do it all again.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 12, 2013

      I’ve shipped a few souvenirs from around the world rather than carry them. I learned that the hard way. But I sometimes stock up, then ship when it all gets too much to carry. Otherwise it’s photos of souvenirs. But as you said, doing it all again is a good excuse!

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