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Shop Till You Drop at Little India

The streets of Jalan Masjid in Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s heaven. It’s like visiting a lane in one of India’s busiest bazaars (markets).

The bustling market of Jalan Masjid India is known to have existed over a century and the name is derived from the mosque that was built in 1870 for the Indian Muslim community.


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Image Courtesy: Ania Mendrek used under the Creative Commons Licence

So here’s where you can shop till you drop at Little India – a thriving neighbourhood built around the mosque. In fact, it is at a walking distance from the Petaling Street ( China Town).

At the heart of Little India is the Jalan Masjid where you will find vendors selling an array of Indian traditional clothes and other Indian outfits.

You will have to make your way to the bustling market through the traffic and you will witness the colourful shops heaped with gold, traditional medicines and the tantalising sound of glass bangles that beckon you.

As you walk past the streets you will see the bright hued sarees and other Indian attires like salwar kameez(loose fitting tunics with a long knee-length shirt/blouse) and lehengas (Long skirts) that you will be tempted to buy.

The best part is that if you’re good at bargaining, you will end up getting the items at a reasonable price.

You will also find shops that sell clay and brass pots, Indian utensils and masalas, crockery, perfumes and a lot of other Pooja and worshipping items.

shopping in Little India

Image Courtesy: Khalzuri Yazid used under the Creative Commons Licence

While shopping you will also need to take care of your hunger pangs. The neighbourhood along Jalan Masjid India is also a food lover’s paradise. During the day, the hawker stalls offer an array of scrumptious Indian snacks like samosa, gulab jamun (sweet dumpling soaked in sugar syrup) and vadai (roughly looks like a doughnut, made with yellow slit peas, ginger, curry leaves, onions and masala) and pink air bandung (syrup drink).

For those who prefer a to have a seating arrangement while having a meal there are numerous budget cafés that serve delicious roti canai (Indian bread), biriyani (rice and curry dish), nasi kandar and dhal (curried lentils).

The place draws huge crowds during the weekends and during major festive seasons such as the holy month of Ramadan where you will entreated to a delighted assortment of food. There are also a number of restaurants serving a variety of cuisine, from Malay to Indian and Mogul dishes.

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