Crawford Market offers one of the best shopping experiences to people who are in look out for some great deals and discounts in wholesale items of many categories. One can find this place flocked by people from all over Mumbai, Maharashtra and abroad buying things that are considered to be much cheaper than the regular market price. Tourist visiting Mumbai finishes his tour only after he pays visit to Crawford Market.
History of Crawford Market
Crawford Market is famous for its architecture. The market building was constructed in the year 1869 and named as Crawford Market. The architecture of this building is a perfect blend of Gothic and Norman architecture. The carved embellishments that are found on the top of the building and the stone fountains seen inside the market are said to have been designed by Lockwood Kipling (Famous novelist Rudyard Kipling's father).
The market is spread over an area of 24000 sq. ft roughly. Redstone is widely used in the overall construction which was specially called from Bassein. Originally during the British rule, the place was named as Crawford Market, after the first Municipal Commissioner of the City, Mr. Arthur Crawford. But after independence, the market was renamed as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai. However even after the market was renamed it remained popularly known as Crawford Market.
How to reach Crawford Market
Crawford Market is located right opposite to the Mumbai Police Headquarters in the South Mumbai. The Crawford Market or the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market is located to the north of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station. It is merely five minutes from the station. Many buses ply regularly to this market from each and every part of the city.
About Crawford Market
Earlier Crawford Market was the main wholesale market, but later on this wholesale market was shifted to Navi Mumbai. But still today it remains a wholesale market for many items like fruits, vegetable, poultry, cosmetics, dry fruits, imported items, toys, gift articles, leather items and many more though not on a very large scale.
Apart from the market building, the traders have spread outside in the entire lanes close by and thus Crawford Market has become one of the biggest markets in India.
Each lanes of this market is known for a particular thing and thus is named after. For instance there would be a Plastic Market where one would find all varieties of plastic item, and then there would be a toy market where all toys, both Indian and International would be seen all around the shops in the lane. One lane would be known for selling sports goods and other for hosiery items.
One side of the market is devoted to all the electronic items like mobile, music systems, peripherals, mobile and computer accessories and many more such things. There are many small a/c markets inside the lanes which sell retail items too other than the wholesale items. The prices are comparatively less than the other shops in Mumbai, and one can get some good bargain too.
Crawford Market is crowded during festive seasons as people flock here for buying all the festive items especially during Diwali and Christmas. The best part about this market is the variety in each category. Like for instance, one can find a good variety of fire crackers, dry fruits, chocolates, cheese, cosmetics, lights, return gifts, school bags, plastic items, kitchenware, office bags, laptop cases, eco-friendly candles, home furnishing and various other items.
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