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The day I found out if Mumbai’s streets were paved with gold at Zaveri Bazaar.
Apr 27, 2018
Last week the SVP Glitterati and all those that follow our adventures on our Instagram Stories voted for me to visit Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai. This area is home to over 700 jewellery wholesalers and shops, densely packed side by side down alleyways, streets, in tiny narrow side roads, squashed between buildings, not a spare inch of retail space in sight. Shops, stalls and alleyways are packed to the rafters and beyond with every kind of jewellery imaginable. t doesn't surprise me that 65% of all gold trading and dealing is done from this area of Mumbai. This area of Mumbai is one of the oldest parts with buildings going back to the 1800's and Zaveri Bazaar dates back over 200 years and jewellers like Tribhovandas Bhimji one of the biggest retailers in India have been there since 1864, it’s still run by the same family having been passed down from generation to generation. They turn over around $100 million dollars – big business. They were kind enough to let me take some very quick shots in there and I was very taken with a gold bracelet for £13,000 and a gold and diamond necklace for £130,000 – I left empty handed the husband will be pleased to know. The streets are lined with gold, diamonds, stones, costume and fashion jewellery and hair clip specialists as well as glasses, mugs, towels, rubber band shops, toy shops and much more, it's real Aladdins Cave. Zaveri Bazaar is located near Churchgate and other Bazaars such as the stationery market located at Abdul Rehman Street, Crawford Market for fruit, veg and spices and Mangaldas Market for fabric are all near by. It’s just amazing how much business is done importing and exporting in such small narrow spaces and because the streets are so narrow, people power is used to the max, whether it is transporting goods on their heads or by using bullock carts. How to describe this area is hard – vibrant, colourful, very busy, hardworking, noisy, squashed and incredibly hot kind of starts to sum it up. So yes, the pavements of Zaveri are paved with gold but so much more besides. I'm now off for a shower and a well deserved G&T. Want to decide where I go next? Please follow me on my Instagram stories to find out as I let you decide each week where I should visit next in the city.