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Mount Kailash Tibetan Souvenir shop deals in - exactly - Tibetan goods. Some newly-made, some apparently a bit old.
The Lady bought an apron and sitting apron and a belt clip for a chuba here and went through an intricate process to get it made in the colors and patterns she wanted. It was all understood and done according to wishes despite limited shared language and time. Good communicators, those Tibetans!
Tamding Tsedup and Mrs. Tseten Lhamo betweeen them run this shop and the White Tara handicraft shop in Marpha.
What to buy: Tibetan art seems to come out of four main sources: the gomba, the clothing, the neck and the kitchen.
Opposed to the sari/saree, the chuba/ Bhakku looks great on clumsy non-South Asian women: Tibetan, Manangi, Mustangi, Sherpa and Lama ladies walk in great strides, too. And it's useful in colder climes and comes in a variety of colors, patterns and fabrics according to your interest. Best place to buy is probably not Jomsom, but Boudhanath in Kathmandu. But this Jomsom shop has some good accessories to the chuba.
The religious stuff is nice if you have an interest, especially in its deeper meaning. A few good items available at the Mount Kailash shop.
Tibetan jewelry is available all over, the turquoise and coral and zi stones in various combinations available also at Mount Kailash.
Kitchenware and implements were much in evidence and some good quality pieces, too; containers and the like.
What to pay: Tibetan goods are generally quite expensive to start with, and not knowing the quality judgement criteria, it's easy to be somewhat fooled. But as long as you like what you got, never mind, there is no need to regret the price. Do some "market research" beforehand if you are looking for something special. Expect the first offer to be a overpriced by a third, generally, and settle for something between.
Updated Apr 21, 2004
Address: Contact: Tibetan Refugee S. Camp, Tserok Gaun, Mar
From at least Jharkot and up there is no meat on the menus and in principle also not served due to the holy site of Muktinath. But you will not miss it either, as the local food served in restaurants, homes and simple eateries is very good and varied. And wholesome, too.
Written Mar 10, 2005