Linking Road Bandra is not the name of an Indian rock band (although it does sound like it). It is Mumbai’s famous shopping street that stretches from Bandra Talkies to Shanti Ashram. There is so much going on in this singular road that you just have to check it out.
There are many possible reasons why you are visiting Mumbai. Since it is India’s most commercial city, you could be here on a business trip. It is the home of major international companies and leading financial institutions such as the Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange of India, and Reserve Bank of India. Or, you could be a film critic or an avid fan of Bollywood. Bollywood is the Hindi film industry that is as famous as Hollywood here in India. Locals dream of getting permission to enter the exclusive Bollywood Film City and get to brush shoulders with famous local celebrities. Or, perhaps you are on a religious pilgrimage since Mumbai has a number of temples, mosques and churches. Whatever your reason for coming here, you still get a break after a busy day of work or touring, and that makes it a perfect time for you to do some shopping at Bandra’s Linking Road. You should check out the shops before you go back to your home city or country.
People refer to it as ‘Linking Road’ because that is what it looks like and for easier recall, but its official name is Vitthalbhai Patel Marg. Maps would most likely refer to it by this name. Its old original name was Dadabhai Navroji Road. And since it is in Mumbai, others refer to it as Linking Road Mumbai. The place is not difficult to find, really, since virtually everyone in Bandra can point you to where it is. Any auto-rickshaw can take you there.
Once there, lose yourself in the sea of clothes, souvenir items, shops, gifts, toys and trinkets. The mile-long street shop is much more organized than you might think. The stalls, kiosks and carts are easily distinguished since those selling the same items are near each other. There are so many clothes and fashion accessories on sale at staggeringly low prices. You will be surprised to see very cheap international brands as Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, Reebok, Dockers, Fila and so on, but don’t bother trying to understand how they can be so cheap — they are clever fakes. There are also cheap Chinese products everywhere. People would definitely think they are the real thing. The most popular items are ladies’ shoes and bags.
You should get hungry after an hour of shopping in a warm and humid Mumbai street. There are restaurants and food carts selling delicious and aromatic Indian chaats or snacks. You should try eating popular street snacks at Sheetal Samudra and the Double-Bull. If you crave for American food, keep walking until you find McDonald’s or KFC.
Make sure to check out Linking Road Bandra when in Mumbai. There is just one safe rule to remember — bargain hard. The prices may seem a steal already, but never settle for a price that is more than half of the original offer. You will find haggling and bargaining a fun and rewarding experience.