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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can I buy local handicrafts and souvenirs in Mumbai?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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Calling all the shopaholics! The lively city of Mumbai is your paradise if shopping is on your mind. Prepare those long shopping lists, bring out the cash and set out to explore all the fascinating surprises this city has to offer.
From splendid
leather goods to delicate jewellery, from clever fakes to original khadi, Mumbai has it all. So hit your destination, brush up on those bargaining skills and you’ve got yourself an enthralling shopping experience.

Here are a few things that you must buy when in Mumbai.

  • Leather Goods

    Spruce up your wardrobe with absolutely incredible leather jackets, adorn sturdy leather boots and walk home with a brand new leather bag. Head to Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia and you are in for a fancy makeover.
    Swarming with people,
     Dharavi is a hidden gem. The shops lining the main road are stacked with anything and everything you may need. From leather purses, belts, skirts to small knick knacks, take home a treat.
    It is suggested to stick to the shops on the main road unless you are quite well versed with the place. The shops inside the slum area are hidden in narrow lanes and you may find yourself stuck in lanes looking precisely the same. Bargaining is a must here, as there are innumerable shops ready to sell the same good at a lower price.
    Pull up your socks and venture into this bustling market for a little taste of Mumbai and some exciting shopping tours.

  • Knick Knacks

    The joys of rummaging through assorted knick knacks can only be understood by serious shoppers. When you chance upon a beautiful dress, an elegant piece of furniture or the perfect watch, it is a moment of pure happiness.
    Set out on a satisfying shopping journey at one of the most unique flea markets in India.
    Chor Bazaar or literally translated as ‘thieves market’. From antique wall clocks, mural paintings, beautiful vases to furniture in teak and rosewood.
    The market is usually extremely crowded, it is best to keep an eye on all your belongings lest you find your stuff in the next visit to the market. Make sure to wander around the market for intriguing curios and assorted little treats. Once at Chor Bazaar, you know bargaining is the key to great deals. So stack your bags with small delights and go home a happy shopper.

  • Textiles and Handicrafts

    From age old khadi work to rare handicrafts, the emporiums in Mumbai will surprise you with their wide array of products. The Khadi and Village Industries emporium in the city focuses on displaying and selling a huge range of handmade fabrics and other goods especially prepared by the rural community in the country. Head to this lovely emporium and you can splurge on pure khadi clothing. Long kurtas, scarfs, sarees, religious statues, brassware are only some of the things you’ll find here, besides a plethora of beautiful knick knacks waiting to be discovered.
    The Bombay Store also houses elegant rugs, traditional clothes, flavoured teas and delicate brass sculptures. With a fixed price at these emporiums, it is best to take back anything that allures you.

Spoilt for choice, are you? Well, head to any of these wonderful markets and pick up a little bit of Mumbai. Along with shopping, these markets offers you a wonderful insight into the culture of Mumbai. Go home with some amazing delights and memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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