Pearl Market, by the side of the Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBF) camp, is a unique place to shop for pearl and other semi-precious stones. Just stick to stones and trinkets; no ‘traditional' Buddhist artefacts.
What to buy: Pearls, semi-precious stones, paschmina products.
While at Leh, you might want to try out Ladags Apricot Store at LBA Shopping Complex, Zangsti, on the main road itself. This store sells eco-friendly, organic local products of Ladakh. The owner is Skarma C. Namtak.
What to buy: Organic, local produce, including beauty products.
try and shop for the local goods ..in case of jems and jewellery..ladakh is famous for turquoise and coral...rest of the gems come from delhi ,jaipur or srinagar...so beware..as the shops open for 3-4 months they will be highly priced...
What to pay: bargain...
It's a nice shop with a good reputation... unlike most shops in Leh, the goods sold here are either authentic, or clearly marked as "fakes" (for example fake fossile coral, mixed pashminas, and so on). Owners and staff are Ladakhi, which are like a breath of fresh air from the majority of shops run by Kashmiri people. No one here pushes you to buy anything - and the whole experience is relaxing.
What to buy: Coral jewellery and coral jewellery boxes - they were my favourites. Many silver jewels, too and handbags, peace flags, masks... everything. There's also a large selection of pashmina shawls, if you are so inclined
What to pay: Not a lot. About 300 rupess (6 euros) for the jewellery box, and 450 rupees (9 euros) for the necklace (obviously a fake)
HANDICRAFT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
Ga-Ldan Complex Leh
THE H H THE DALAI LAMA'S CHARITABLE TRUST HANDICRAFT EMPORIUM
First Floor, Opp. Himalaya Cafe, Leh
LADAKH ART PALACE
Akbar Shopping Complex
Main Bazaar, Leh
THE COTTAGE EMPORIUM
Opp. Hotel Dreamland, Fort Raod, Leh
What to buy: In Leh you can buy Pashmina Shawl, Handicraft Items such as Tibetan or Kahsmiri carpets, wall paintings, wooden masks, Ladakhi wooden table carved and painted, wooden dragons for wall hangings etc. You may also want to buy Tibetan and Ladakhi artifacts from the Tibetan market or antique shops. One can buy local apricot Jam or dry apricots. You can bargain in shopping up to 20% depending on the item and the shop. It is not advisable to buy electronic items as they are more cheaper in Delhi.
What to pay: Bargain upto 20%