Uttranchal is famous for its candles, wooden art and handicrafts. The ornamental colourful candles are one thing every traveler takes back with himself. Excellent quality tweed is manufactured by Kumaon Woolens who have showrooms on the Mall in hillstations like Masoori, Haridwar, Ranikhet etc.
For woollen garments the Bohtia Bazaar in Masoori is the best place. Apart from this main shopping areas in and around Uttranchal are Tibetan markets, there are varius art emporiums in each hill stations where they display and sell cane sticks, candles, woodcraft, etc.
Any one can buy handicrafts, wood and metalwork shawls, pullovers, local tweeds, caps, Tibetan carpets and pickle, jams and squashes in most of the Uttranchal cities. The Uttranchal Emporium is where people interested in genuine local handicrafts should visit.
Mussoorie's shops are flooded with items made of wood, there are hand-carved walking sticks made of oak wood and Garhwali dresses. The shopping spots of Mussoorie are the Library, Kulri and Landour bazaars, which sell curios and mementos, tribal jewellery and antiques. Skillfully handcrafted walking sticks can be picked up from shops on the Mall.
The Tibetan Refugee Handloom Shop offers good quality cloth for people
In Haridwar, one can find neat and intricately carved stone idols, which make exclusive souvenirs. It is interesting that these stones have navigated with Ganga all along and they are deposited in Rishikesh as the river enters the plains. This gives the stones wonderful shapes and a natural polish. Besides idols, there are kitchen set toys made from stone, which are good buys.
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