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Chor Bazaar Tours

Chor Bazaar
One of Mumbai's largest markets, gritty and loud Chor Bazaar is packed to the brim with second-hand items, from old furniture to antique bric-a-brac. Its name translates to "thieves market" and according to a local running joke, anything you lose in Mumbai will eventually make its way here. Rest assured, though: Most of the goods aren't actually stolen.
 
The Basics
A maze of narrow streets crammed with storefronts, Chor Bazaar is an oftentimes packed market full of all sorts of items and the fast-moving wooden hand carts that transport them. Out-of-town visitors are unlikely to want to purchase huge pieces of furniture, but many smaller items here could make unusual souvenirs. Bargaining is a must, and while plenty of travelers visit independently, it’s possible to join an organized tour to help navigate the hectic market.
  
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dress conservatively, covering your legs and shoulders, as the market is located in a predominantly Muslim area.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk; wheelchair users might find getting around this market a challenge.
  • Don’t hesitate to haggle. It’s part of the Indian shopping experience and expected in this market. 
 
How to Get There
Chor Bazaar is located in South Mumbai, just north of the Bhuleshwar Market and a 15-minute walk west of the Sandhurst Road railway station. The market is easiest to get to by taxi or as part of an organized tour. By car, it's about 20 minutes from the tourist hub of Colaba or about 15 minutes from Chowpatty Beach.
 
When to Get There
Many of the shops and stalls at Chor Bazaar are open Monday through Saturday around 11–8, though Muslim-owned shops sometimes close on Fridays for prayers. It’s best to visit first thing in the day when temperatures are cooler. You’re also likely to get good bargains if you’re the first customer of the day, which is considered auspicious according to local tradition.
 
How the Market Got Its Name
While many believe that Chor Bazaar was once a resale spot for stolen goods, its unsavory name may have come from a simple misunderstanding. The market may have been called "Shor Bazaar" (noisy market), but British settlers mispronouncing its name consequently morphed it into "Chor Bazaar" (thieves’ market).
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience Chor Bazaar

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Full-Day Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Public Transport

Full-Day Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Public Transport

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Ride the famous suburban train, hop on a classic red bus, cruise around town in a typical black and yellow taxi and look on as millions of Mumbai’s working class head out in the morning. We will see a number of different markets and the world famous Dabbawallahs (the workers of India’s intricate lunch delivery system). For lunch, we’ll have a special tiffin (lunchbox) lunch delivered to us by a dabbawallah, picnicking at a nearby park. After our picnic, we’ll you an overview of religion in India (integral to the lives of most Indians) and you’ll learn about Hinduism, Islam as well as Jainism. You will admire the Haji Ali in the middle of the sea, enjoy views from Mahalaxmi Temple, get a one-of-a-kind perspective of Mumbai (and Marine Drive) from the Hanging Gardens. Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry. We know this will be an eventful day to remember!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.59
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Elephanta Cave & Mumbai Chor Bazaar, the Thieves market tour

Elephanta Cave & Mumbai Chor Bazaar, the Thieves market tour

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Just a short boat ride away from Mumbai is the UNESCO-listed Elephant Island and its rock temples. Explore the caves that are dedicated to various Hindu gods and date as far back as the 5th century. After your ride back, take a tour of the Chor Bazaar, also known as the Thieves Market, and browse for items at rock bottom prices.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$55.13
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$55.13
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Mumbai Flea Market Tour

Mumbai Flea Market Tour

Mumbai is full of fantastic markets where hawkers pedal everything from fragrant, colorful flowers to old furniture. This tour will take you to three of the most interesting. You'll start at BBD Sadar Market, known for its colorful flowers, followed by Chor Bazaar, or "thieves market," where you can pick up everything from old bricolage to Bollywood posters. Then it's off to Zaveri Bazaar known for its wide array of gems, jewelry, and fine housewares.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$75.65
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$75.65
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Mumbai Shopping Tour in Private Vehicle

Mumbai Shopping Tour in Private Vehicle

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Explore local shopping market of Mumbai. Wander around the stalls selling items like flowers, fruits, vegetables, spices, textiles, jewellery and other necessities. Stop by the famous Mumbadevi Temple, Mumbai city derives its name from the Goddess Mumbadevi. Mumbai’s best street shopping destination. Haggle like a local for antiques, clothing, and more It is the private shopping tour that can be customised to your interests. We will never force you to buy any stuff from any specific shop but we can help you or suggest you best shop as per your requirements.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$98.00
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Mumbai's local hotspots & Markets be the local

Mumbai's local hotspots & Markets be the local

Tour to the most popular markets of Mumbai. Our market tour takes you to mumbai's famous Crawford Market, Mangaldas fabric & cloth market, Bhuleshwar Market and many other bazaar's in South of Mumbai. Markets and Bazaar's in Mumbai are full of organized chaos, colorfully dressed people, a religious contrast of mosques and temples, street foods, and exuberant energy of the local bazaar.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$62.00
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$62.00
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Mumbai Spice Markets and Bazaars Tour with Guide and Transport

Mumbai Spice Markets and Bazaars Tour with Guide and Transport

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India is famous for its spices, but the chaotic bazaars can be overwhelming to explore on your own. This private guided tour of Mumbai spice markets introduces you to a vital aspect of India’s culinary culture through the eyes of a local as you walk through the narrow lanes and colorful stalls of a favorite spice market. Afterward, head to a handful of eclectic bazaars that many visitors pass right by.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$71.93
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$71.93
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Mumbai City Market Tour - Local Guide Included

Mumbai City Market Tour - Local Guide Included

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Who doesn't love shopping? And when in Mumbai, there is no chance to skip these streets loaded with awesome things like artificial jewellery, colourful clothes, caps, goggles and what not! Do not miss this Mumbai shopping tour if you love to take back some of the best things for your family and friends which they can keep for life and thank you back. By availing the activity, you get to walk through Bhuleshwar Market, Mumba Devi Temple, Zaveri Bazaar, streets of Kalbadevi, Chor Bazaar, Mangaldas Market and Crawford Market at the end. You will surely be gaining great experience with the professional guide and get to explore the colourful and pulsating markets of Mumbai. Starting Point: Entrance gate of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal. End point: Crawford Market Time: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
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  • 2 hours
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$12.31
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Photography Tour of Mumbai at Dawn: With spices & thieves market & transport

Photography Tour of Mumbai at Dawn: With spices & thieves market & transport

This photographic tour of Mumbai starts at Dawn. You get to photograph the biggest newspaper distribution network, colorful fruits, vegetable and flower markets. You also get to walk past one of India’s favorite cricket ground before getting down and wet in an exclusive walk inside the worlds largest open Air Laundry. You reach just in time for breakfast and once you’ve charged your batteries, had some rest and eaten lunch - its time to walk out and explore the city again. We then move to the spices and thieves markets, covering Mumbai’s famed spice market and even more popular Chor Bazaar. You will get to photograph housewives lining up to make their quintessential spice mixes in the former and see a stall for everything under the sun at the later. After this, we end your that with a ride on Mumbai’s train to enter Mumbai’s street food hotspots. As the night comes in and the city lights up, you can get some wonderful views of the Queens necklace and other lit buildings of this city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$93.72
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Photography tour of fishing village with Spice & Thieves market + Food tour

Photography tour of fishing village with Spice & Thieves market + Food tour

This tour starts with a walk through the Worli Fishing Village, where you get to photograph the first community of Mumbai – the Kolis. You will get upclose and get a chance to walk through a fish market and click Mumbai from a 17th century fort which overlooks Mumbai’s beautiful skyline. You will get lunch at a local restaurant and after which you will walk and explore the city again. This time we move to the bold spices and thieves market tour – covering Mumbai’s famed spice market and even more popular Chor Bazaar. You will get to photograph housewives lining up to make their quintessential spice mixes in the former and see a stall for everything under the sun at the later. After this, we end your time with an evening tour that starts with a ride on Mumbai’s train to enter Mumbai’s street food hotspots. As the night comes in and the city lights up, you can get some wonderful views of the Queens necklace and other lit buildings of this city.
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  • 6 hours 7 minutes
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Full Day Customisable Private Tour of Mumbai

Full Day Customisable Private Tour of Mumbai

Explore the gorgeous city of Mumbai in your own way on this 8-hour long personalised tour. Take help from your guide to narrow down and choose the activities that go best with your interests!
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  • 8 hours
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$61.54
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$61.54
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Experience the local transport of Mumbai

Experience the local transport of Mumbai

One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Mumbai is famous for its efficient and smooth public transport. The smooth functioning of these modes over the years is commendable. Mumbai offers you a range of different public transport: the local train, the BEST bus service and the kalipilis (local taxis). One-third of the locals prefer these over private modes of transport to avoid straining traffic. The increasing pollution in the city is draining. The local train service is economically and financially very feasible. It saves time: man’s biggest competition. If one doesn’t take the city’s tour using these modes then one hasn’t seen Mumbai in its real essence. This tour comes with a guide who shares information at the required intervals. The entire tour is divided into 4 major parts and ends with a local style lunch which comes at one’s own experience. All in all, it is an enthralling experience of the local life of the city.
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  • 4 hours
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$30.31
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