The busy and lively Gandhi Chowk is widely considered to be the
hub of fashionable clothes and the most promising spot for shopping in
Dalhousie. Gandhi Chowk is full of unique handicraft and amazing local talent
that are enriched with the culture of Dalhousie. Gandhi Chowk is a complete
stock of market shops with the diverse range of the Himachal Handloom Industry
Emporium, Tibetan Handicrafts Centre, Tibetan market, Crafts Centre, and Himachal
Handloom. Gandhi Chowk is also popularly called as GPO. Your record of gift
items is sure to be checked off when you see the copious number of small shops
at GPO. Not only that, GPO is surrounded by famous buildings and hotels.
Another admired place to shop in Dalhousie is the Tibetan
market. With a wide range of carpets, purses, bags, dolls, and handicraft, you
are going to dive into the colorful culture at Dalhousie. Located on Thandi
Sarak, the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium is well-known for their local
Kashmiri shawls with a touch of the detailed artisanship of the local people.
The uniqueness of these handicrafts is indescribable in words. Bhuttico was
established by the local women of Dalhousie in the 19th century. Bhuttico
comprises of a variety of world prominent Kullu shawls. These shawls are manufactured
from pashmina and angora – the lamb’s wool. Along with that, the celebrated
embroidered shawls are sold by these women. All these commodities are affordable
enough for a starting price of INR 300.
More things you need to know on Shopping in Dalhousie
What to purchase in Dalhousie
You will be tired of
choosing but the list of available goods would not end at GPO. Buddhist
paintings, different copper and silver diyas, carpets and many souvenirs adorn
the markets at GPO. Don’t forget to buy the world famous Tibetan Carpets from
Tibetan handicraft centre. In addition to that, Dalhousie is full of quaint
bistros perched at various places where you can relish delicious snacks or a
cup of tea or coffee to revitalize yourself. Libraries are also available for
tourists to just read or relax for sometime.
Malls in Dalhousie
The Dalhousie malls are
starkly different from the regular malls in cities. Malls in Dalhousie hold a
different meaning altogether. In 1860s, these malls were meant for horse
carriages, dandies and promenades.
Three levels of mall get
sharper by the lanes. These lanes are connected to the bus stands of the local
area. Thus, they are the connecting ground of Dalhousie. Above 1000 feet from
GPO, there is a highest mall which was erected around the upper Bakrota hill.
Dalhousie gets too
crowded by the evening around 5:00. Thus it is crucial to come a little early
to meet your plans. Don’t forget to take the thrilling pony rides.
How to Reach Shopping in Dalhousie
Gandhi Chowk is at a distance of about
15 minutes from the Central Bus Stand. A taxi or an auto rickshaw can be hired
to get to the GPO market.