Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre

Kathmandu

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Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre

This handicraft centre showcases the beautiful, elaborate carpets that fuel much of Nepal's textile industry. It is a Tibetan refugee cooperative, and visitors can watch as more than 1,000 refugee employees work at their craft before heading to the shopping area to take one home. Other options include cashmere and yak-hair shawls.

Shopping

Kathmandu offers everything from luxury boutiques and shopping centres to bargain outlets and outdoor markets. Visitors can shop for designer clothing or interesting souvenirs, but where the city really shines is in handicrafts and antiques: everything from scroll paintings and metalwork to handwoven cloths, gems, incense, teas and spices. Of course, adventurers can also find their share of trekking gear shops to prepare for their mountain expeditions.