A Shopping Guide to Rishikesh

Laxman Jhula Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a place known for yoga, meditation, and thrilling adventure activities. While you are in Rishikesh, you are all surrounded by natural beauty and scenic landscapes. Its liveliness attracts every type of crowd to visit this place.

And once you visit a holiday destination, you tend to bring some gifts for your loved ones. There are clothes, handicrafts, utensils, precious gems, stones and artefacts, one can take as souvenirs for friends and family. Here are some popular items to shop in Rishikesh.

1. Woolen products and Winter Wear

Rishikesh is a perfect place to buy some of the finest woolen clothes. One can shop various winter wear made using high-quality Garhwali wool. You can buy woolen shawls, sweaters, cardigans, etc. Here you will also find carpets made out of yarn. The large carpet is known as Dan in the local language and the smaller version of it is called Aasan. The local people use Dan as a bedcover and the Aasan is used as seat covers. 

  • Where to buy: Garhwal Wool and Craft Shop.
  • Address: Main Market, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

2. Stone Shaligrams

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Shaligrams are considered to be holy stones that represent Hindu “Lord Vishnu”. These are generally in black, round shape, and small in size. The rocks are found in the riverbeds of the Gandaki river in Nepal. They are fossil remains of extinct sea species and ammonites. People keep them in their homes as it is believed that they spread positive energy.

  • Where to buy: Ram Jhula Market
  • Address:  2 km from Rishikesh bus stand, Ramjhula Bridge, Rishikesh

3. Rudraksha Mala, Precious, and Semi-precious stones

One popular item to buy in Rishikesh is Rudraksha Mala. There are many scientific health benefits of wearing Rudraksha. Many precious and semi-precious stones like astrological stones Rubi, Panna, etc., are also available in the shops to buy. However, there is no guarantee of the authenticity of the gemstones. So buy from certified and authentic stores, and rightfully investigate before you buy.

  • Where to buy: Gems Palace
  • Address: Bharat Sadhu Samaj, Geeta Bhawan 1, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh

4. Brass Puja items and Idols of Deities

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You can collect brass souvenirs like small brass utensils, lamps, small plates with intricate designs carved on them, incense stick holders, small pots to offer water that will attract your attention with their golden shine to the prayer space of your home. Also, you have the option to gift an auspicious idol of gods and goddesses to your friends.

  • Where to buy: Lakshman Jhula Market
  • Address: Near Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh

5. Khadi Items

You can buy a wide variety of khadi items and clothes in Rishikesh. The impact of the khadi revolution during the colonial period has continued for years. You can purchase khadi kurtas, jackets, shawls, scarfs, pants, shirts, trousers, bags, etc., from here.

  • Where to buy: Shri Gandhi Ashram Khadi Bhandar, 
  • Address: Lakshman Jhula Road. Rishikesh

6. Pickles and Squash

There are varieties of pickles available in piles in the shops of Rishikesh. Some usual and unusual pickles are available in the shops, which will twist your tongues with its tastes. Some unique pickles are also available, like bitter gourd pickles. So do give it a try. 

Uttarakhand is native to two types of fruits, Bel and Buransh. These are healthy seasonal fruits. People take them as immunity boosters. You can bring them home in bottles sold in the market of Rishikesh.

  • Where to buy: Rishikesh primary market, 
  • Address: Dehradun Road, near Govt. Hospital Rishikesh

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