Does anyone have any idea how much? I'm particularly interested in the size that just fits the head. Thanks!
I have bought several singing bowls in Nepal but I cannot answer your question. This is because there are so many variables to consider. These include: hand made or machine made, quality of the material - brass or some other metal; how thick and heavy; decorated with engraving or plain; the quality of the sound; where you buy; your negotiation skills.
Where to buy is important: there are a lot pf shops selling singing bowls (and other ritual objects) from the poorest quality tourist tat to much better pieces but all tend to be overpriced and good negtiating skills are requiredto get a good deal. There are other areas to buy that are better in my view. The two main places are Boudha and near to Patan Durbar Square. Around the stupa at Boudhanath there a number of shops like Thamel, the quality varies but there are a couple of places that sell very high quality rupas, works of art for export and to supply monasteries and monks' & nuns' personal shrines. These places might sell high quality bowls too. There are also good shops to the north of the Stupa aimed at locals - because fewer tourists buy there and the same applies to the shops along the main road. I think you are likely to get better value here than Thamel whatever quality kevek you are looking for. The same applies to Patan too; there are a number of shops that sell their own products from nearby workshops (Patan is the traditional metal working area0.
As for an average price, sorry I haven't a clue but good luck!
Those are great info Scoodly, thank you so much!
As stated above there are so many variables that makes it difficult to give you the price of the bowl.
The good quality hand made, head size bowl would cost upwards from $200/-
If required, I can PM you the email of a really good center situated in the inner lanes of Bhaktapur.
one shop is there at patan the shop name is golden temple singing bowls and healing center !! where you can also experience of singing bowls healing and also you can get training on singing bowl...it's in front of golden temple patan...
Though there are many varieties of singing bowl in Nepal, I usually buy 8 inch base with 6 inch tall brass made singing bowl in NRs. 1000 (approx. $10). This is the price for very good quality singing bowl. If you want to buy in other metals, they will be cheaper. Smaller size are cheaper, bigger size are little expensive. The price range varies from NRs. 300 to NRs. 2500 (ie $3 to $25). If the shopkeeper is asking more than that, think that there is something fishy about it.
Suggestion: Try not to buy in Thamel if you want a good price (Thamel is a place where prices are at least 4 times more expensive than other local market). Try to buy it in Patan (near Durbar Square) or nearby shops in Bouddha.Edited: 22 July 2017, 11:50
hi . can you guve me the email ?
I actually went shopping with a local. Unbelievable. We went to wholesalers and othwr shops. I also booked the local guide for a food tour on our first day totally off the radar eating local food we were the only foreigners lol. I would five my guide a list of what I wanted to shop for and off we went. The guide would do all the dealings. The prices I got I could not ask myself. This guide is is trustworthy and honest lovely person. I can private msg the details
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