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Zaveri and Bhendi Bazaars
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A little beyond Fort in the neighborhood of Kalbadevi—a 10-minute walk northwest of Crawford Market—Bombay's crowded, century-old jewelry markets have shops filled with fabulous gold and silver in every conceivable design. The two bazaars are so intermingled at this point that it's impossible to tell where one ends and the other starts. If you notice people walking past with plastic bags full of cash, try not to stare—this is also a major hub for (certainly illegal, widely known, wholly tolerated) money laundering, completely out in the open, with no security measures in place. One of the lanes leading off Zaveri Bazaar is called Khao Galli (literally "Eat Lane") and its endless food stalls feed most of the bazaar workers daily; it's here that you'll find some of Mumbai's best—and most unusual—non-veg street food.
Mumbadevi Temple. At the Bhuleshwar (the name of a neighborhood) end of Zaveri Bazaar is the six-century-old Mumbadevi Temple, a noisy, busy structure that houses the mouthless but powerful patron goddess who is the city's namesake. Aarti, evening prayers, take place at 6:30 pm. CST & Environs, 400002. 22/2242–4974.
- Address: Sheikh Memon St., Kalbadevi CST and Environs, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400003
- Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11–7
- Location: CST and Environs
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