Mumbai is a great place to shop, whether for last-minute souvenirs or essentials for the long journeys ahead. Locally produced textiles and export-surplus clothing are among the best buys, as are handicrafts from far-flung corners of the country. With the exception of the swish arcades in the five-star hotels, prices compare surprisingly well with other Indian cities. In the larger shops, rates are fixed and credit cards are often accepted; elsewhere, particularly dealing with street vendors, it pays to haggle. Uptown, the central bazaars – are better for spectating than serious shopping. The Zaveri (goldsmiths’) Bazaar opposite Crawford Market is the place to head for new gold and silver jewellery. Tea lovers should head to the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, which sells a decent range of Assam, Nilgiri and (especially) Darjeeling black and green teas.

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