No wonder, Shopping is one of the favourite activities of people who visit Chitral! As it is a cheap place to shop for interesting and unusual items; particularly the handicrafts made by locals and the delicious range of dry fruits it offers. Main Shahi Bazaar in Chitral is a large and busy covered market and is a good place to pick up souvenirs, particularly Chitrali caps (Khapol), waistcoats (Waskat) , long Coats (Chugha) and embroidered shawls.
Beautiful hand woven and hand embroidered traditional handicraft items produced by female artisans are also commonly available in the Bazar. One of the unique and beautiful traditional handcrafts is locally made Patti. The most famous pati come from Mogh, a village in Chitral, which has become a trademark for Chitral.
Main Shahi Bazaar is a good place to try local products such as nuts, dried and fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, herbs, and bread. There are numerous shops and everything is available at a very reasonable price. Apparently Chitral is the region which is abundant in fruits so shops also offer a wide variety of dried fruits like walnuts, apricots, figs, almonds etc.
Fruits like apricots, apples, pears, peach, grapes, mulberry etc from Chitral contain many minerals, and are not processed with chemicals and contain no preservatives.
Similarly, local honey is produced in accordance with the organic principles, which means that the pollen has come from the flowers, which are free from pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and herbicidal residues.
Though sellers bargain in Chitral’s bazaars but one must learn few basic words like bo shukriya (thank you), ma brar (my brother) and jaam (ok) As you will keep hearing the word jaam jaam ☺
Chitral is noted for producing precious stones, some of which have been used in significant collections across the world, the easiest way to purchase gems is through a legitimate jewelry store. Rugs, Carpets, Gemstones and Jewellery from Chitral as well as Afghanistan are also available.