It has fascinated me forever, Chor Bazaar, near South Bombay’s crowded Bhendi Bazaar. Literally translating to ‘thieves’ market’, this is one of the most interesting places in Bombay. This flea market is essentially stocked up with antique and vintage second-hand goods. These are either purchased as home decor or are hired by producers for shoots.
The locale looks like it has been a part of an old Hindi film itself. The crumbling buildings with intricate work are now layered with dust. The lanes here are organised accordingly to all the products (and services) they offer. You will get all you want here, from spare tyres to mosiac lamps to unique Bollywood posters. Be prepared to spend a lot of quality time sifting through the numerous things and develop an appetite for a good bargain. The camera shop took a lot of my time, where I romanticised camera bellows, the TLR and the good ol’ SLR from Yashica.
And even though there is plenty to buy here, I walked around these lanes pleasing my camera.
Good to know:
– Chor Bazaar is on Mutton Street, Byculla. The nearest station is Grant Road.
– The area is quite conservative and it always helps to dress appropriately.
– Be careful of your things while walking around.
Have you been to this captivating flea market yet?
9 thoughts on “Photo Story: Chor Bazaar, Mumbai”
Wonderful. Yet to visit. Maybe some day. Thanks for sharing beautiful photos.
i remember in Mumbai there were so many gramaphones for sale! I see a couple in your pics – are there still hundreds for sale?
The vintage cigarette case is so cool! I didn’t get the chance to go to Chor Bazaar last year as I was in Mumbai for a very short time. Will try to make it next time :-)
You should, if weather persists. It’s s photographer’s delight :)
This post is no less than the virtual tour to the d’famed chor bazaar of Mumbai. Nice pictures
Thanks for stopping by. Cher Bazaar is a favourite :)
Great photos… I went there once long ago but itching to go there again.
Oh, me too! May be when the weather is a bit more tolerable :D