Get Rs.10,000 Instant OFF On Maldives Packages
handicrafts of Bhutan
Written by Amirthavarshini on June 3, 2020 Share on

Top 10 Things To Buy In Bhutan

Want to experience a mix of nature and tradition on your trip? Enjoy subtropical plains, sub-alpine peaks, on one hand, with handicrafts and art on the other. Undoubtedly, Bhutan is our pick for you! This Dragon land has some of the world’s tallest peaks, winding rivers, shady trees, and exquisite flowers. Bhutan also has some of the world’s most creative and talented artisans whose main role is to surprise the travellers with their stunning handicrafts. It is in this place where natural beauty and man-made beauty fights to take its precedence. This place looks like a tiny speck on the world map. But when you estimate it’s natural and cultural assets, Bhutan easily stands as one of the best.  With nature’s utmost grandeur and unspoiled virginity, added with varied art forms Bhutan is a must-visit place for all nature and art lovers.

Here are the top 10 things that you should buy on your next trip to Bhutan and bring home the souvenirs of memories.

1. Cane and Bamboo Handicrafts

Bhutan is famous for its Cane and Bamboo plantations. Most of their harvest and by-products are extracted by the craftsmen of the country in order to make beautiful handicrafts. The items made from cane and bamboo are durable and have an authentic style. You can find such shops in almost every corner of the country. These shops offer various things such as floor mats, baskets, wall-hangings, utensils, and much more. They incorporate vivid colours on these products using natural dyes. 

Where?

Lunga Handicraft, Chang Lam, Thimphu

Baskets made of bamboo
Image credits: Google Images

2. Dzi Beads- Himalayan Beads

Are you a huge fan of bracelets and necklaces made out of vibrant coloured beads? If you are not a fan yet, you will become one. Such beaded jewellery goes well with all kinds of sarees and ethnic attires. It is commonly known as the Himalayan beads or the Dzi beads. You can find different patterns and sizes such as ovals, circles, squares, waves, stripes, zig-zags, lines, dots, diamonds and much more. These beads are the most expensive beads found on the earth. It is believed that these beads are God’s own creation. People in Bhutan trust that these beads bring luck and protect you from evil spirits. Cheaper versions of these beads are sold in the local street markets.

Where?

Thimphu

3. Gold and Silver Jewelry

Gold and silver jewellery will always have a special place in everyone’s heart. One of the many handicrafts that Bhutan specializes in is the art of making gold and silver jewellery. Bhutanese locals, especially women, consider this as a pride. You can find different and varied intricate designs of jewellery. Experts and skilled craftsmen dedicate themselves in creating beautiful arm adornments, earrings, necklaces etc. 

Where?

Thimphu

Golden earring with stone work
Image credits; Google Images

4. Dappa – Handmade Wooden Bowls

You will be aware of utensils made of stainless steel, plastic and other alloys. But vessels made of natural products such as clay and wood will always be everyone’s favourite. Wooden bowls also known as dappa is one of the best things to buy in Bhutan. These traditional Bhutanese wooden bowls can be purchased almost everywhere in Bhutan. Almost every household in Bhutan uses these bowls on a daily basis.

Where?

Thinley Dhendup General Shop and Handicraft, Trashi Yangtse

5. Hand-woven Textiles

Though there are various things to buy in Bhutan, the hand-woven textiles will always top the list. Bhutan’s dress code always stands out from other countries. Their clothes are mostly made out of natural cotton, raw cotton and silk. Weaving is the prime job of most of the people residing in small villages in Bhutan. 

Where?

Thimphu, Rahi and Bidung Villages, Khoma Village, Trongsa.

Fabric woven by weavers famous in Bhutan
Image credits: Google Images

6. Colored Carved Masks

Any festival in Bhutan is incomplete without artists performing dance and stage plays wearing the colour carved masks. If you are a lover of peculiar and authentic designs, then the carved masks are one of the ideal things to buy in Bhutan. These masks can be used as home decor adornments. 

Where?

Thimphu

7. Sculptures and Buddhist Paintings

Bhutan’s beauty is incomplete without its remarkable sculptures and paintings. The Buddhist kingdom stands as an example of its intricate sculpture and painting works. These are easily available in the local markets. The artists make use of minerals and clay to make these artworks. Make your home and workspace adorable with these beautiful Bhutanese sculptures and paintings.

Where?

Choki Handicrafts, Choki Khangzang, Pedzoe Lam

Buddhist sculptures, one of the best things to buy in Bhutan
Image credits: Google Images

8. Bhutanese Handmade Paper

One of the famous things to buy in Bhutan is the Bhutanese paper, also known as Daysho. 72% of the country’s land is covered by rich forests. This paved way for the locals to make the utmost use of forest products. These papers are used for printing scriptures, legal agreements, and painting manuscripts. This paper is also used for making gift wraps, diaries, greeting cards and notebooks.

Where?

Thimphu

9. Swords, Bows, and Arrows

Witness and buy the artefacts that you have seen in your history books. Purchase mighty swords, bows, and arrows as souvenirs and give your home a touch of Bhutanese richness. These are usually sold as gifts and are quite popular among travellers. Bhutan’s national game is archery which is why these weapons are found in abundance.

Where?

Thimphu and Paro

10. Wooden Products

Bhutan’s vast forest cover has given them the boon of the abundance of wood. They trained themselves to be the best in wooden artworks. Carved wooden utensils, cabinets, mirror frames, jewel box and tables are few of the many wood products they produce. The prime quality wood found in the country makes these products worth buying. 

Where?

Thimphu and Paro

Wooden products of Bhutan
Image credits: Google Images

This colourful Buddhist nation has many monasteries populated with friendly and likeable people. There are various things to buy in Bhutan during your trip. While enjoying the natural landscapes, do not forget to explore the souvenir shops in the streets. The rich history and culture of the country come in all shapes and sizes. Pack a few of those and take back the essence of Bhutan’s rich culture made by the skilled craftsmen of the country. The colourful handicrafts will definitely adorn the showcases and walls of your home. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Bhutan right away.

Related Itineraries