From food to flea markets, these five themed walks are anything but pedestrian.
By Charukesi Ramadurai
Polish up your bargaining skills and prepare for some voluble haggling before embarking on ex-banker and city expert Deepa Krishnan’s walk through Chor Bazaar. As one of the largest flea markets in the country, the Thieves Market (as its name translates) is a warren of lanes lined with shops selling teak furniture, cuckoo clocks, brass and bronze utensils, painted lamps, old film posters, and more. Prepare to be tempted, but be sure to seek your guide’s advice on what’s an antique worth bargaining for and what’s just old kitsch. After your deals are done, this tour also takes you to meet some Koli fishermen, whose ancestors were the city’s original inhabitants (from US$46 per person).