Nainital Shopping Haul (Local Handmade Products and More)

Feb 4, 2018

Hello from Nainital - The City with Beautiful Lake

This is my second trip to Nainital. Last time it was in 2011 with Mr. Boy (now my hubby) and this time with my Mom. My grandfather has used to come around this area for business, and he always told my mom that one must visit Nainital once in their lifetime. Nainital is no more as untouched as it used it back when my grandpa used to come but I decided to fulfill her dream to visit Nainital. Thankfully we visited during the non-peak season. I love Nainital far more this time than my last visit. There is hardly any crowd and rates for most tourist areas/activities is fixed.

This is a haul post. If you want a travel post, then let me know. Meanwhile, check my Instagram feed. I am spamming Instastories with pictures of the blue sky, blue-green lakes, and yummy food.

  • Candles from Nainital: Nainital is full of candle shops and wood works shops. I remember picking up some last time as well. But, this time I pulled the bigger gun and instead of fancier ones that would live their days as a showpiece item, I got proper home candles.
    • Himalayan Peach Candle (Rs 250)
    • Thyme Soy Candle (Inspired by the Thyme I saw at Botanical Garden here.) (Rs 350)
    • Turtle Candle (gift) 
    • Black Candle (Rs 40) I have never used a black colored candle! 
    • Candle with dried flowers (Rs 30): This is the most common ones here after the unique shaped ones. I got this as a souvenir of my earlier visit. I purchased something similar (in bigger size) that we used on New Year’s Eve. #Memories
    • Tin Candle Rose (Rs 30): No reason 💁

  • Herbs: At the Botanical Garden I saw Thyme, Lemongrass, and wild basil. Then, I got to know that a lot of herbs are grown here at higher altitudes. I picked Lemongrass and Thyme (Rs 80 each). This is retailed by Kilmora. (Kilmora is a brand promoted by Kumaun Grameen Udyog (KGU), a section 8 company established by Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag) in 1996; it is mandated to plow back all profit into rural development activities. Link to Kilmora.) What impressed me is that the herbs are in whole forms are not in powder or crushed form. Plus, it is far cheaper than the other brands. I already have other herbs at home otherwise I would have got some more like Oregano and Rosemary)

  • Apricot Products: I have tried Junaili apricot products and absolutely loved them. I recommend it to others always. (I even had plans to go to Rautakhet to visit their plant, but there is some construction going on.) But, when I saw another brand retailing similar products I decided to give it a try. I purchased from Aarohi. Aarohi is a 20 years old NGO working at a grassroots level to improve the life of rural communities in the mountains of Uttarakhand. Link to Aarohi)
    • Aarohi Hand Pounded Face and Body Apricot Scrub (Rs 149)
    • Aarohi Cold Pressed Apricot Oil (Rs 249 for 100ml)
    • Aarohi Handmade Premium Bath Soap Lemongrass and Nettle (Rs 99)
    • Aarohi Handmade Apricot Scrub Soap Rosemary (Rs 79)

Souveniers from Nainital Zoo

  • Miscellaneous
    • Keychains from Mall Road
    •  Honey Stick (Rs 100)
    • Decorative Tapes from Modern Book and General Store

Liked anything? I cannot wait to burn that peach candle.


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