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Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar is a large flea market located in Mumbai city in the west Indian state of Maharashtra.

The word chor means thief (in Marathi and Hindi languages, which are spoken in the region) - Chor Bazaar iscurrently said to be one of the largest flea markets in India, and has also become one of the popular tourist attractions of Mumbai.

History

Chor Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Mumbai, and dates back to over 150 years, from before the era of British rule in India.

Some say that that this market was known as 'Shor Bazaar' when it was established - which translates to 'noisy market'. But the British, during their reign in India, apparently constantly mispronounced “Shor” as “Chor” and the market eventually came to be known as 'Chor Bazaar'.

The word chor means thief in Marathi and Hindi, and this market eventually became popular for dealing in goods that were stolen or lost. There is even a popular saying from old times that, if you lose anything in Mumbai you might find it in Chor Bazaar and can buy it back. Today, the place has become more of a second-hand goods and flea market rather than that of stolen goods.

Layout and Additional Info

Chor Bazaar sells a variety of second-hand goods sell mostly second-hand goods, ranging from electronics and furniture to smaller things like clothes, jewellery, books, and a lot more! It is also known for antique and vintage items.

The market street consists of hundreds of second-hand goods shops. There is even one called “Mini Market” that sells old Bollywood posters and collectives for the Bollywood fans.

Haggling or bargaining is encouraged in the shops here and is even considered mandatory by shoppers, ads the prices of goods are not “fixed”. 

How to Reach

Chor Bazaar is located near Bhendi Bazaar in Grant Road in South Mumbai. Mumbai city can be reached by air, rail or road.

Chor Bazaar is located around 20km away from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport, and can be reached within an hour by road from here; the market is located around 4km away from Mumbai’s main train terminal - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and can be reached within 20 minutes from here by road.