What is famous in Rishikesh for Shopping?
Posted by Palm Bliss Resorts on December 17th, 2019
Rishikesh, also known as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” is a destination of pilgrimage value and is also popular among tourists for the adventure activities it offers. Not many are aware that Rishikesh offers tourists with a unique shopping experience. So, what is famous in Rishikesh for Shopping? Let’s find out!
Rishikesh is a popular tourist destination in India and is a holy land that is known as a spiritual abode. Tourists get to shop for music DVDs and CDs that contain aartis and devotional bhajans, along with jewelry, spices, shawls, and precious stones. Apart from these, people often shop for adventure gear as well.
Shopping is an activity taken by almost all the tourists who visit Rishikesh. The place is known for the pooja essentials, saris, and a few stores stock mesmerizing and unique religious artifacts. The town has a few popular places for shopping, and knowing all about them is a must if you are looking for a hassle-free shopping experience here. However we will have a look at some of the best products you can buy when in Rishikesh.
We have curated a list for those who love to indulge in some fancy shopping!
Precious or Semi-Precious Stones
You can find a number of stalls in the town that sell genuine gemstones, both precious and semi-precious. Tourists can find these stalls on either side of the Laxman Jhula Bridge, which is a well-known tourist attraction in the town. If you fancy stone studded jewelry, you can find everything here ranging from pendants, chains, earrings, and finger rings. Tourists also get to buy just the stones, and many stalls also sell stones used for astrological purposes like “panna” or “meena.”
Though most of the places sell genuine products, one cannot vouch for their authenticity. If you are in any doubt, do not go ahead with the purchase. But do remember to bargain well.
Music CDs and DVDs
Rishikesh is a pilgrimage site, and hence you can find many stalls that sell music CDs of devotional songs and bhajans that are dedicated to the Hindu deities. Most of these songs have the tune of popular songs and are quite popular with tourists. For more variety, you can check the collection at the Bhajan Sangam Music store, where you also get music CDs on Trance and more. Do not forget to shop for some good yoga CDs as you get plenty here.
The stalls located at Rishikesh, especially near the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, have a wide variety of pooja items. These are not only popular with foreign tourists but are a huge hit with visitors from India as well. Be it agarbattis or the dhoop battis, you find a wide variety of them, in different fragrances. You can also get for yoga mats, aarti plates, and containers to carry the holy Ganges water to your home. Most of these also work great as souvenirs as they are quite affordable, and are lightweight.
Rishikesh is located near the foothills of Himalayas, and due to its location, the town offers various adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, and more. Tourists can shop for trekking gear and gear for water sports in many shops here. Some of the popular ones are located near Lakshman Jhula. The guides from the resorts in Rishikesh can guide you to some of the best stores, where you can find adventure gear of international quality.
Jams and Pickles
One of the popular things you can buy when shopping in Rishikesh are fresh jam and pickles. These are way more delicious than the ones you get in supermarkets and are made fresh. The jams especially are made using fresh fruit, and you get to choose from a wide variety like strawberry jam, apple jam or blueberry jam.
Places surrounding Rishikesh are known to have a number of beekeeping farms, and hence you can get fresh and naturally sweet honey here. The honey available here is organic, and there are no additives added to it. This is one of the reasons why the honey stays fresh even for years. And, the best part is that you can find these in different flavors as well.
Woolen clothing like shawls or sweaters is the best thing you can buy when shopping at a hill station like Rishikesh. Tourists get to choose from a wide variety of woolen products like scarfs, mittens, socks and more that keep them safe in the harsh weather conditions. These are great as souvenirs also.
Rishikesh is a town that is not only famous for Yoga but is quite popular for handicrafts too. Tourists can buy well-preserved handicrafts that are based on the Garhwali and the Kumaoni culture. Most of the products here are made using natural fibers like Jute and Raambaan. The markets here are also good to purchase copperware and wooden crafts.
Pashmina and Angora
If you are in Rishikesh or the state of Uttarakhand, you cannot miss shopping for Pashmina shawls or Angora. These are the fabrics that are women using the hair of the mountain goats here and keep you extremely warm. You can also shop for hand-embroidered shawls at various shops located near the Lakshman Jhula market. You can know that they are real as the real Pashmina fabric can be passed through a finger-ring.
Rishikesh is not only a scenic location, loved by nature lovers, but is a shopper’s paradise as well. The items mentioned above are those that are found only in Rishikesh and Uttarakhand. Even if you are not much into shopping, you certainly need to buy some as souvenirs.
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Palm Bliss Resorts, one of the best resorts in Rishikesh that gracefully combines the ancient traditions of Ayurveda with modern amenities, to provide its guests with a comfortable stay. With yoga, meditation and adventure activities, this is your getaway resort if you are looking for a wellness holiday in the near future. Located near the holy river Ganga, the setting here is perfect for body and mind rejuvenation. For more visit our official website https://www.palmblissresorts.com/
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