Must see shopping in West Bengal

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    Nathmulls Tea Room

    The Darjeeling area produces arguably the world's finest teas and Nathmulls is one of the best retailers, with more than 50 varieties. Expect to pay ₹200…

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    Shonibarer Haat

    This open-air market sees local artisans and others selling, among other things, highly colourful textiles, bright tribal jewellery and attractive dhokra …

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    Hayden Hall

    Sells Tibetan-style yak-wool carpets (₹10,800 for a 6ft by 3ft carpet) as part of its charitable work with mothers from poor Darjeeling-area families, and…

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    Tanzil

    Tanzil stocks a very good range of diverse, mainly tribal, crafts and art from all over India. It's on the main road towards the northern end of town,…

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    Bichitra

    This shop has a particularly high-quality and attractive range of pottery and textiles.

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    Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre

    This centre makes gorgeous Tibetan carpets to order, if you don’t mind waiting about six months for one to be made. Choose from the catalogue and staff…

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    Das Studios

    Digital photo accessories, photo printing and instant passport photos (six for ₹100). The reprinted early-20th-century photographs of Darjeeling and…

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    Dorjee Himalayan Artefacts

    This tiny Aladdin’s cave is crammed full of Himalayan knick-knacks, some antique, some made yesterday, from Tibetan gau (amulets) to cast Buddhas and…

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    Lark’s Provisions

    This is the best place to pick up Edam-like local cheese (per kilogram ₹600), produced in Kalimpong since the Jesuits established a dairy here in the 19th…

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    Life & Leaf Fair Trade Shop

    Supports local artisans and environmental projects through the sale of organic honey and tea from local small farmers, plus local handmade paper products,…

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    Rope

    This shop stocks some a few international brands alongside decent Chinese knock-offs, including backpacks, jackets, stoves and hiking trainers. The fakes…

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    Haat Bazaar

    On Wednesdays and especially Saturdays, this normally quietish bazaar roars to life with a plethora of merchandise ranging from vegetables and beans to…

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    Design Asia

    Design Asia boutique at Mitali Homestay features a range of beautiful silk and cotton clothes and textiles, mostly locally woven and all designed by owner…

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    Bhutan Tibet Arts

    Has a small thangka collection, sourced from Bhutan and India. Expect to pay around ₹7000 for a decent thangka, and up to ₹300,000 for a rare vintage…

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    Rink Mall

    A fairly bland mall housing the Inox Cinema, a branch of Café Coffee Day, Domino's Pizza, Big Bazaar supermarket and a specialty Nathmull's Tea Boutique.

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    Kashi Nath & Sons

    This, and the stationery shop next door, have a modest collection of Himalayan titles, plus some international bestselling novels and nonfiction titles.