Tibetan Market in India


In today’s world, consumers are widely using smartphones and other electronic devices to do their online shopping. Whether it is electronics, clothing, jewelry, or groceries, they prefer getting everything under the click of a button. Although, online shopping is in great demand, shopping in marketplace is always loved and enjoyed by consumers. As soon as the days go short and night turn into cold, we need woolen clothes to keep our selves warm during the winter months. And the first place that comes to our mind to go shopping is the local market. In India, Tibetan market has more customers than any other shops during winter season.

At many places, there are very few shops that carry good winter clothing’s. As the retailers can’t gain enough profit in keeping the woolens in their shops, they prefers not to stock up during the season. As a result, no new varieties can be found in those shops. Since the Tibetan markets have taken over during winters, people enjoy shopping in Tibetan market then any commercial market. It’s a one place to shop, for all your winter clothing needs from woolen sweaters, cardigans, scarf, shawls, jackets, mittens and woolen socks, monkey caps, mufflers etc. From pure cashmere wool to pashmina, everything can be found at Tibetan market. These woolen collections at Tibetan market vary in modern styles and designs, starting at an affordable range.

Tibetan market is a refugee’s market which attracts thousands of people to visit every season. These refugees spread all over India during the winter season to sell their products. Once their stay of about four months comes to an end, they again shift to Himachal Pradesh. Tibetan’s group organizes 30+ stalls at one location to sell various items including woolens garments, decorative antique items stalls, bed sheet and bed covers stalls, and food stalls. Their stalls are encircled within the area determined by fluttering Tibetan prayer flags. Also, they come with their family and live in tents build behind the stalls. They are allotted a big area for their business but sometimes they have to shift from one place to another within the period of 15 days to a month or sometimes little more. This market can be seen at all major cities all over the country.

I have visited nearly four Tibetan markets till now, one at Udaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Baroda. Delhi’s monastery market or Tibetan market is very famous for wooly clothes which are handmade by Tibetan people. Tibetan market is located at Kashmere Gate. This place was first planned to assign to the Tibetan refugees then it was developed as a Tibetan market. Not only woolen clothes but regular designer clothes are also available here. Stalls selling different accessories, leather footwear, Tibetan artifacts, statues, paintings are also of major attraction.

The Tibetan market at Udaipur has been located at Samor Bagh since 1990. Initially, it was located at Chetak Circle. Udaipur is a tourist destination where visitors from all over the world come to holiday. Though, Udaipur has a huge market for all the stuffs, Tourists and the townsmen prefer all their winter shopping at Tibetan market which offers fashionable leather jackets, denim jackets, cardigans, overcoats, and sweaters to name a few. There is a lot of craze amongst the people for handicrafts and antique pieces. Wooden lamps and different types of miniatures especially the Buddhist Tangkhas attract people.

The first Tibetan market in Ahmedabad started in 1989 at Jamalpur. This market has frequent changes in their location. The refugee market was then located at Navrangpura, and later at Naranpura. They attract the people of Ahmedabad not just by their merchandises but also by speaking the local language with the customers. Also many of the families are well set in foreign land so these items are exported to them. Tibetan market covers an average of 5000 customers in Gujarat every day.

The Tibetan market at Vadodara offers a vast range of bed linens from woolen to cotton, artificial jewelry, wallets and handbags, footwear, and handicrafts apart from knitwear. Youngsters visit this market to buy fashionable woolens as well as clothing from jeans, shirts, t-shirts, long coats, leather jackets and hoodies, blazers, shrugs, and ponchos. You can find the softest cardigans that will keep you warm during those chilling days when you don’t want to layer on a heavy jacket. These cardigans are lightweight ranging from beautiful designs and colors to fit the modern trend.

These markets occupies large place for their stalls, residence, and parking. Market timings are usually from 9am to 9pm. A huge crowd is seen shopping during evening in most of the cities but city like Delhi has customers who visit in morning hours. The only time between October till January, Tibetan refugees earn their living. They relocate to different cities and exhibit handmade knitwear. They have a strict fixed rate policy for all the stalls, but still people try hard to bargain. Though the prices are fixed, you can always find something affordable according to your budget. Incidentally, the garments have been sourced from woolen factories in Ludhiana as well as from across the border in China. These markets are also into business in Mussoorie, Darjeeling, Bangalore, Shimla, Ooty, Kulu Manali etc. A rapid growth has been seen since the time the Tibetan’s established their business in this country. Every year, they bring in the latest fashion wear as well as hand woven woolens to keep one warm. If you want some good quality and reasonable knitwear for your entire family, do visit a Tibetan market near you.