The shops are now about three hundred meters away from the lakes. Loitering is strictly prohibited to preserve the nature.
The bazaar is mainly for locals.
What to buy: You will find here household stuff like pails, ropes, nuts, some tidbits to eat and a few (just a few) pieces of clothings. What you will notice are gold-plated necklaces with Arabic writings.
What to pay: Very cheap. For a gold-plated necklace, I paid US$ 2.00. A lot of people were watching so I bargained. It was offered at US$ 3.00 actually.
The bazaar has really grown and expanded in the last year-- you can buy a food and general househould items, clothes, mobile phone, kebab, DVDs, or get a room at cheap hotel.
What to buy: Look in the 'antique' shops for some decent Hazarajat klims.
What to pay: $40-80 depending on size and bargaining skills
Afghan is synonymous with rug, so definitely roll up your sleves and get ready to bargain. Taking home a klim or rug is a must for any visitor. Since I live in the Hazara region, I have klims made in the area, but more elaborate, tighter knotted rugs can be found in Herat, Kabul and Mazar.
What to buy: I think its good to support this local craft trade and to have a piece of cultural history in your home.
What to pay: prices range from all over - it depends what type of weave you are buying