Souvenir Shopping Part 1 (Self Guided), Mumbai

It would be a pity to leave Mumbai without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mumbai, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: India » Mumbai (See other walking tours in Mumbai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Inshaallah Mashaallah
  • Colaba Causeway
  • Joy Shoes
  • Popli & Sons
  • Warp ‘n’ Weft
  • LM Furtado & Co
  • Fashion Street
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Inshaallah Mashaallah

1) Inshaallah Mashaallah

What to buy here: Incense and Perfume Oils.

Flavor and fragrance have been vital features of the Indian lifestyle throughout centuries. Ancient Indian literature as the Vedas or Ayurvedic texts such as Charaka Samhita or “Gandhshastra”-(also known as the science of odor) talk about many uses and applications of essential oils, perfumes and incenses. Using flowers and herbs native to the Indian subcontinent, Indian perfume oil makers create unique fragrances combining jasmine, patchouli, rose, saffron, camphor, nutmeg or sandalwood. The oldest distillation method is commonly referred to as the “Bhbhaka method” where plants are boiled in water and the vapor generated is condensed to create the intriguing mixture of water and essential oil. Because of its lower density, the oil floats on the surface of the water and can be easily isolated. An interesting story says that queen Noorjahan the wife of emperor Shahjahn was fond of taking baths filled with rose petals. One day she noticed as the sunlight fell on her skin an oily portion on the surface of the water and when she touched and smelled like roses. She asked the scientists of the period to think of a way to collect the oily liquid so it could be worn as a perfume.

Indians use perfumes and essential oils for scenting rooms, perfuming the body, for rituals such as worshiping of gods or marriages. Inshaallah Mashaallah is the right place for your acquisition of local oils and perfumes in antediluvian bottles. Price: A bottle of rose oil (12 ml) is sold for Rs250 (~$5).

Monday-Sunday: 10:30-20:00
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Colaba Causeway

2) Colaba Causeway

What to buy here: Cotton Lampshades | Henna body art kit | Incense and Perfume Oils | Indian Jewelry | Rangoli cum diyas plate |

Henna Tattoos (also known as Mehendi) is an ancient cultural tradition, used to create exotic designs on various parts of the body. Traditionally, henna has been applied to the hands and feet of women preparing for different ceremonies and rituals. In India, the bride is the finest showpiece in the wedding ceremony and thus, she has to adorn herself accordingly. Applying henna paste is an important part of the bridal pre-party, when the bride's friends gather to celebrate together the future happy event. Intricate natural motifs such as flowers, leave and vines are painted, along with bolder geometric patters of Arabic origin. Mehendi is a completely natural, non-permanent, painless body art technique which is also fun and inexpensive. The females in your life will definitely appreciate an authentic henna body art kit and will let their imagination running while they discover for themselves the unique beauty of this ancient Indian tradition. Each kit usually contains special application cones, 1 bottle of the finest henna oil, instructions and a book full of henna designs.
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Joy Shoes

3) Joy Shoes

What to buy here: Kolhapuri Chappals.

Kolhapuri chappals (also called “Pie-taan” ) are a type of traditional leather sandals which take their name from the Kohlapur district of the state of Maharashtra. Worn all over India and abroad, these sandals have quite a history, although their exact date of origin is unknown. Kolhapuri chappals are completely handmade of leather, each featuring complex designs and decorations. A qualitative chappal is usually made of goat or cow leather, no nails being used for stitching. For decoration purposes golden cords, pom-poms or colorful silk threads are applied on top of the chappal. Traditional designs such as kachkadi, bakkalnali and pukari are some of the widest used patterns. Kohlapuri chappal-making is a hereditary craft, practiced by men and women equally.

Price: Kohlapuri chappals prices vary depending the leather quality and design ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 3,000.
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Popli & Sons

4) Popli & Sons

What to buy here: Jewelry.

It is difficult to picture an Indian woman without a piece of jewelry adorning her. India is a country of color, light, glitter. Not only the affluent class wears ornaments, all Indians are equally passionate about this beauty caught in the sparkle of a precious stone, in the unique curve of a golden bracelet or silver bangle. Rubies, emeralds, amethysts, sapphires, turquoises and even corals are used abundantly, although most popular of all is of course gold, a symbol of status and good fortune. The jewelry-making art has especially flourished in the Mughal period, although India's entire history is a faithful witness of the skills of the Indian jewelers. A special attention received the tradition of wedding jewelry, designed to accentuate the beauty of the bride and the solemnity of the ceremony. During the wedding rituals, the bride must wear an ivory bangle, received as a gift from her family. Other jewelry arts such as Meenakari, Kundan, Jadau and Navratna are also popular, often times believed to protect the person who wear them, bring good luck and prosperity.

Buy gemstone jewelries, India's favorite, and give them to someone truly special. It's a great way of being remembered by.

Price: Bargaining is a must when purchasing jewelry, but expect prices to run from Rs 250 upwards.

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
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Warp ‘n’ Weft

5) Warp ‘n’ Weft

What to buy here: Salwar Kameez & Sari (Women's Silk Garments).

Mumbai is one of India's fashion capitals. Therefore, a wide range of garments to adorn the female body are made & sold here. Even though a more western style has been recently adopted by many Indians, traditional clothes such as sari or salwar kameez never go out of fashion. And truly, what can be more beautiful than a woman wearing an elegant silk sari? A sari is a large piece of unstitched cloth which can be draped over the body in various ways and fashions. The most common style however (and Indian movies are faithful proofs) is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist from one end, then draped over the shoulder. Saris are usually worn over a petticoat (ghagra). Introduced by the Muslims, the shalwar kameez is another popular attire for Indian women. This two piece dress consists of the shalwar (loose trousers) and the kameez (long, loose shirt). Shalwar kameez must be worn with a scarf called dupatta, meant to cover the head. Looking for ideas how to wear your Sari or Salwar Kameez? Grab a Bollywood movie and enjoy the fashion show, as many Indian actresses love to wear this flattering outfit and make unexpected combinations of traditional Indian garments and Western fashion statement pieces.

Price: Generally, prices start at Rs 500, but vary depending on the store and design.
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LM Furtado & Co

6) LM Furtado & Co

What to buy here: Musical Instruments.

Traditional India cannot be pictured without accompanying songs and dances. Celebrating life is a part of the Indian identity and its diversity. It is no accident why Indian movies are so much centered on expressing joy and sorrow by dancing and singing on the magic music of the sitars, tablas, ghungroos and khartaals. Of course, the main varieties of instruments in use are string instruments, although due credit is given to wind instruments, percussion and rhythm instruments. Part of the dancer's attire, ghungroos are small brass bells connected together on a leather pad or strap and then tied to the feet of the dancers, allowing complex footwork to be heard by large audiences. Widely used in devotional songs, the khartal is an ancient instrument made out of two similar shaped wooden pieces with metal jingles mounted on its frame to produce sound when struck and shook together. Sitar however, is one of the most popular classical instruments. This string instrument has a body divided in two pieces: the long neck crafted from toon or teakwood and the resonator carved from a well-sized gourd. Sitar is played with a mizrab (wire plectrum) and produces high-pitched, but lush and warm sounds. Purchase a marvelous sitar for your music-savvy loved ones in Mumbai's best place for local and imported musical instruments – LM Furtado & Co.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00-18:30; Saturday: 10:00-17:30
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Fashion Street

7) Fashion Street (must see)

Mumbai's Fashion Street is located in the south of the city near Azad Maidan. Around 100 clothes and fashion accessory stores are located here. Here you can find everything from Indian sarees to modern chic clothes, as well as shops that sell shoes and accessories, all of good quality and at low prices.

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It would be a pity to leave Mumbai without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Mumbai, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles

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