Tired of visiting markets that sell garments only for girls? Visit Tibetan Market (not to be confused with Manju Ka Tila), located on the Ring Road — a hub for trendy men’s garments and footwears. Popularly known as Monastery, this market is just a 10-minute walk from the Kashmere Gate ISBT. Apart from shopping, you can eat Chinese and Tibetan cuisines here, and also pay a visit to the monastery, located inside the premises.
The decades-old market is a main source of livelihood for many Tibetan refugees based in the locality. It is a shopping haven for young men, who are usually cash-strapped. When you cross the nondescript gate, you will be welcomed by an array of shops, selling various items for men. From classic white shirts to trendy polo T-shirts, to fake branded denims, the market has it all. You can take your pick from fakes of Polo, Puma, Nike, Levis, Lee and many more, all priced between Rs 150-850. Before you take out your wallet, make sure you have bargained well.
The market is lined up with restaurants serving Chinese and Tibetan food. Open Air Restaurant is a must-visit eatery for every vegeterian. Try their chilly garlic chowmein (Rs 50) and ginger veg momos (Rs 60). Zomsa restaurant is also a big hit among shoppers. We liked their deep-fried paneer and cheese momos (Rs 80).
The Ladakh Buddhist Vihar monastery was established in 1962, and is the perfect place to spend some quiet moments, away from the din of the city. The statue of Buddha, and the constant chanting of Buddhist prayers will certainly put your mind at peace.
Do remember to visit the nearby monastery — Ladakh Buddhist Vihar — open throughout the day. You can sit here and read or pray as long as you want.
Nearest Metro station: Kashmere Gate on the Yellow line.