a holiday in the serene and beautiful land of Kullu, its rich
and vibrant handicrafts
are something to be possessed. From a plain to a multicolored
designed kullu shawl ,
pullas (grass slippers), patti (local tweed), mufflers, pattoos
(local blanket), woolen carpets, Kullu
to complex driftwood articles and artistic metal crafts of Kullu,
each form portrays the simplicity and sophistication of the local
art and craft.
If looking out for Kullu Handlooms
outlets of Bhuttico, Bodh Shawls and Himbunkar in Kullu and Manali
towns are good places to buy.
Kullu also promotes Kashmir handicrafts. Kashmir Craft Emporium
opposite to bus stand in Manali and shops in old Manali village
are nice places to buy these handicrafts.
Tibetan markets at Manali and Kullu are famous for imported goods,
especially gift items. Tibetan shops near the Post Office in Manali
and a few in Vashishtha deal in antiques.
Fresh local juices can also be bought at the production cum sale
outlet of Lahaul Potato Society at Raison. Local pickles, juices
and dry fruits can also be tried out at the sale outlets of Himcoop
on the Mall in Manali & Mohal in Kullu.
Bookworm in Notified Area Committee Market behind Bus Stand &
near Post Office in Manali provide you with some good books on
local and world literature.
Local goldsmiths in Sultanpur market Kullu deal in traditional
which is an excellent example of the native art. Bhagasidh Jewellers
in Sultanpur, Kullu deal with local jewellery.
items can be bought on the way between Kullu and Manali. If visiting
during fruit season you may carry back succulent fruits, fresh
from the orchards.