Earlier this month, I went for a short summer vacation with my parents to one of my favorite places in the world, Darjeeling. There were some alarming news items regarding land slides and deaths in Darjeeling but we brave souls paid no heed and marched on. I was joined by fellow bloggers and friends Poorna and Shikha and we had a gala time. Darjeeling has lovely food and when you have a food blogger in the midst, you know you will be going to the right places. We had the best cheese momos at Kunga, the best cheese pies and liquor chocolates at Glenary’s, the best breakfast and hot chocolate at Keventer’s and the best Darjeeling tea at Nathmulls. Apart from food, Darjeeling is also famous for something else. Jewelry. To be specific, Nepali and Tibetan jewelry and we three girls kinda went crazy shopping.
One of the best shops for jewelry and curios is the 100 yr old Habeeb Mullick, located on the Chowrasta Mall. A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without visiting that shop and it is stacked with curios, artifacts and jewelry. Go in there just to look and you will end up coming back with at least 3-4 pieces if not more. While there are other shops selling very good stuff, I did not really have a lot of time to explore. I just went to Habib Mullick and Nepal Curio House, another treasure trove of Nepali curios, antiques and jewelry. I did not go completely crazy and buy a ton of stuff but I didn’t do too badly either 🙂 .
Here are some pictures of what I bought. You will find a lot of coral, turquoise and lapiz lazuli in Tibetan and Nepali jewelry and practically all the designs are closely linked to Buddhism. In case you are curious, the painting is of Tara, a female Bodhisattva. The silver cylindrical pendant is engraved with eight auspicious symbols popular in Buddhist Tibet and the turquoise ring has a vajra that moves and it is supposed to calm one down in difficult times. Not everything here is silver and exorbitantly priced. Couple of pieces are in German silver and quite cheap. Let me know which ones you liked 🙂