What are the best places to get a sari in Mumbai?

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Rakhee Ghelani

A visit to India just isn't complete without purchasing a sari, but a sari isn't just a sari.  You can purchase one in polyester for a couple of dollars, or spend thousands on opulent silk and gold wedding saris.  Similarly there are plenty of places where you can shop for a sari in Mumbai.

For a good selection of saris that cover a range of prices, head to the central Mumbai suburb of Dadar. Around Dadar Market are many sari shops that offer a broad choice of outfits from Benares Silk (North India) to Kanchipuram Silk (South India), you can shop across the country without leaving Mumbai.  Some stores to look out for include Bharatkshetra, Dadar Emporium, Roop Sangam and Lazaree.

Kala Niketan is an insitution for sari shoppers, with outlets at Marine Lines in South Mumbai and Juhu in North Mumbai.  Here you will find a sari for any occasion, and plenty of eager staff to take you through their collection.  The experience of sitting down and being shown hundreds of saris is one that is well worth having for any tourist or purveyor of fashion.

If you are looking for something unique and budget is no object, than head to the showroom of Sabyasachi, hidden in an alleyway in Kala Ghoda.  His designs are nothing short of pure opulence, and sought after by well-to-do brides all over the country. For a selection of designer saris and outfits, you can also wander around Kemps Corner, with stores such as Amara and Kimaya that have a wide selection of not only saris, but Salwars and western clothes from modern Indian designers. 

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