Shimla is one of my favourite hill stations. It is located on the lower ranges of the Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The place has pleasant weather through the year except in winter. The cold is bitter and can be a hurdle for the visitors who are not interested in playing in the snow or ice-skating. The best time to visit this destination would be October to November and March to May. It is better to avoid the monsoon because of the frequent occurrences of landslides. Apart from its mesmerising natural beauty, Shimla has many other things to offer its visitors. It provides opportunities of golfing, fishing, ice skating, skiing paragliding, mountaineering and trekking. Shopping is another pleasure that you can have in this place. Not only souvenirs for friends and relatives, you will end up buying some of your favourite interior decorative items and shawls at this place.
A trip to Shimla is incomplete if you do not indulge in some guilty shopping! There are multiple shopping places in Shimla that will take care of your needs and choice. A judicious shopper would surely find shopping in Shimla to be an enjoyable experience. The place has a huge variety of things to offer tourists so you definitely wouldn’t be stuck with the question of what to buy in Shimla. The place is greatly popular for its handicrafts and other handmade artefacts. Hope this article will help you to find the right item you want and the place you will get it.
Mall road is one of the most popular places to go to for shopping in Shimla. It can be considered the shopping hub and commercial centre of Shimla. You can find small souvenirs and knick-knacks here along with handicrafts and other artefacts. You cannot miss buying the famous Himachali caps that are available in almost any shop. These caps are available in various colours and cuts. They have intricate designs embroidered on them. You can buy a variety of these caps, as they are cheap and comfortable.
The item that tops a shopper’s list in Shimla is the woollen shawl. These shawls come in different shapes and sizes and the variety of colours is huge. You can also find them in different kinds of wool. The winter shawls for women have mirror work, thread work, sequins and embroidery decorating these shawls. Apart from shawls, you will find colourful gloves, sweaters and socks. You can take back home a collection of winter wears which is exclusive of Shimla.
Another popular shopping spot is the Lower Bazaar, also known as the Subzi Mandi. This place is absolutely chaotic yet full of life. Shimla is famous for its wooden handicrafts. Beautiful wall hangings, classy lampshades, decorative show pieces, you will be amazed by the variety of things found in wood. Local craftsmen make beautiful walking sticks by carving wood. You could one of those and use it while you walk along the woods. These are available in Lakkar Bazaar, which is quite famous for wooden souvenirs.