Khukuri " National Knife " is also called a Gurkha Knife, Khukuri (Gurkha knife) is used by almost every Nepalese. Every Nepali has at least one khukuri (Gurkha knife) in their house. They use khukuri (Gurkha knife) for different purposes like; kitchenware, cutting wood, decorations and safety purpose. Khukuri (Gurkha knife) has awesome cutting power. This knife (khukuri) is very popular in Nepal as well as other country through out the world. But the above definition gives only a glimpse of the Khukuri (Gurkha knife). Khukuri (Gurkha knife) means a lot more than the above definition. Khukuri (Gurkha knife) is not just a knife. It has a strong relationship with the Gurkha Soldiers and Nepalese History. Khukuri (Gurkha knife) is not just a knife of Nepal but is also symbol of the Gurkha soldier, with the help of which Gurkha soldiers paved a way to their fame and courage today they have.
The excellent cutting power of Khukuri (Gurkha knife) was first experienced by the British in India who had to face it in the battles since 1814 while combating the Gorkha army in western Nepal. From that very moment Khukuri (Gurkha knife) established its fame and became legend. So the Khukuri (Gurkha knife) is also known by the name of Gurkha knife. In the Gurkha soldier's grip, this small piece of curved steel “Gurkha Knife” becomes an incredibly menacing weapon with which he has demonstrated rare feats of bravery while facing the enemy in many a battlefield. This excellent piece of “Gurkha Knife” also Nepalese knife has fought many battles in the Nepalese History and has shown very good reputation. Because of that the Khukuri (Gurkha knife) is Nepal’s national knife. The blade of Gurkha soldiers “Gurkha Knife” has its own fame and popularity. All the Nepalese people are so proud of this “Gurkha Knife” that this gurkha knife, Khukuri (Gurkha knife) is liked by all the Nepalese people.
What to pay: Bargain a lot before you buy. Price ranges from Rs.200 to Rs. 8000 or from USD 4 for a tiny size to USD200.
What to buy: If you are in Kathmandu,then do visit Patan Darbar! The place is very beautiful to watch. Besides that you can get so many small small things in reasonable prices. I have bought antique 'bell' which is tradditonal thing of Nepal. You can get wooden boxes, oxidised jwellery and so many wooden crafts there. If you feel tired there,you can have delicious snack in restaurants nearby....which are beautifully decorated and reasonable in price.
What to buy:
I bought brassware, carpet and woodcarvings which were heavy to carry around. Then, I found that these paper made Nepali masks are unique, striking and wonderful souvenirs to buy back home. Prices vary with size and quality of details.
So buy Nepali masks.
What to buy:
Another nice souvenir to bring from Kathmandu is a singing bowl. The official use is for meditation. If you rub a wooden stick around the edge the bowl produces a singing sound.
You can get them in different sizes and qualities.
In a corner of New Road in Kathmandu, this shop is easy to miss!! It has the best selection of Indian sweets in Nepal, I'm sure!
The display counter holds all the soft, milky sweets, which are always fresh, and in the back are all the pre-packaged varieties. You can select one of everything or a box full of your favourtites!
What to buy: Although they are almost all delicious, I highly recomend the small creamy coloured diamond sweets with silver on top. I'm not sure what they are called, but these are far and away the best of them all. They are made of milk, and have a soft texture, half creamy; half crumbly. Some are sweeter than others, which is what I like about the silver-foiled diamonds - they are not so sweet. If you've tasted Indian sweets before and didn't really like them - don't be put off! These ones really are the best :-)
Many of the souvenir shops are owned by Kashmiris and you must bargain hard. There are some beautiful carpets available but many are inferior quality.
There are many shops selling the most beautiful woodcarvings. I alway like to take a mask from a far trip. Here in Kathmandu There is plenty of choice.
What to buy: Masks
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