After reading these reviews and viewing the pictures, I think it needs clearing up: Little India and Masjid India are 2 completely different places.
Little India is in Brickfields, and the main road that goes through it is Jalan Tun Sambanthan https://maps.google.com.my/maps?q=little+india+malaysia&hnear=Brickfields,+Kuala+Lumpur,+Federal+Territory+of+Kuala+Lumpur&gl=my&t=h&z=15
Masjid India is along the road Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman https://maps.google.com.my/maps?q=masjid+india&hl=en&ll=3.152139,101.696599&spn=0.010359,0.018797&sll=3.128877,101.685939&sspn=0.00518,0.009398&t=h&hq=masjid+india&z=17
This is a pretty and interesting place to talk a walk .I thought it would be larger but there were some interesting shops ,all selling traditional Indian food,clothing and jewellery. We saw some curry houses but it was too early for dinner so we passed them up. We spent about a half hour here before catching a cab to Central Market.
Head down to little india for cheap indian food. A few ringits will get you a decent feed to set you up for exploring the markets. Here there are plenty of bargains to haggle for. Go for around a third of the asking price to start with.
The Little India area is well worth a stroll. It has some lovely old shop houses, market stalls and the Masjid India - India Mosque from which the area takes its name.
We especially enjoyed visiting the Coliseum Hotel at the south end of Jalan TAR. This colonial era hotel was once frequented by Somerset Maughm. It was wondefully atmospheric inside; had an interesting British flavoured menu and although a bit run down was a joy to visit.
Little India is a small enclave to the north of Masjid Jamek. The area is a bustling enclave of colourful shops selling saris, spices, and sandalwood along with Hindu temples and Indian restaurants all to the soundtrack of Bollywood music blaring out from numerous Bollywood video shops. It's an amazing place to wander around and take in the sights and smells.
KL's 'Little India' teems with a colourful hotch-potch of people & products. The pre-war shophouses sell a profusion of authentic Indian items such as traditional costumes, Indian delicacies & beautiful crafted ornaments & accessories. Nearby, street vendors sell therapeutic massage oils, herbs & roots. Locals flock here for Malay traditional attires & headgear. Walk through the narrow alleys to hunt for unique buys.
Jalan Masjid India is a popular place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The road is named after an Indian Mosque built in the 1800s and has become part of KL's history. Some parts of the road has been turned into a pedestrianise mall with covered walk way. Many shops and arcades lie along Jalan Masjid India. Primarily, the place is associated with textile shopping, with some shops specialising in Indian sarees and garments. My main interest to this place however are some of the restaurants serving a variety of cuisine, from Malay to Indian and Mogul dishes. There are several budget hotels in this area to cater for the out of town shoppers too.
The place draw huge crowds during the weekends and before major festive seasons such as the Muslim Id celebration and the Hindu festival of Deepavali. Even if shopping is not in your mind (and blood) the place is worth visiting because of the bazaar like atmosphere of the 60s and to experience the sights, smell and sounds of a Malaysian street mall.
Little India is exciting and vibrant and the place is absolutely alive with colours! Visitors to the place will feel as if they are in a bazaar. The streets are lined with an array of goods that will capture any shopper’s eye – from colourful sarees to jewellery, food to fabrics.
Abdul Rahma was disastrous. I was afraid only to take out my camera, the place was dirty, dirty, dirty!!!, altough it seems different in the pictures (even mine). It was so dark, all the way from the station to the booths, the people that I saw scared me, we run away, almost running until the LTR station.
Little India is alive with shops, smells, people, fabrics, food and traffic of all kinds. I would certainly recommend that anyone visiting KL travel down there to just walk around and experience this hectic way of life. We stopped at an Indian cafeteria and for about 10RM (each) had enough to feed a person for a week. If you want fabric, this is certainly the place to go.
Unlike China town I found Little India to have a slice of its namesake. There are row upon row of saris at very cheap rates. I pick up a sari for $13 that would cost about $160 here. I also got a few Bollywood DVDs. There are lots of small shops behind the stall where you can find some great jewellery, cosmetics, hair ornaments and bindis. There are also all the God and Goddess related items such as colour posters, bright coloured statues and flower offerings. My only regret is I didn't have more time there and more money! You can also try the local cuisine here. There a plenty of hawkers stalls or for the not so game there are some little restaurants.
When we went to Little India by taxi (quite cheap 5RM from KLCC) but in the end it was quite pointless.
We had just been to China Town shopping in the market and grabbed a few bargains. We decided to move onto the market in Little India to find some different items to buy as pressies. The items for sale were no different and the range didn't compare to China Town.
The thing I did like was beside the market was a mosque where prayers were put out on loud speakers which gave the place quite a surreal feel to it, especially for a westerner.
Little India district is also Masjid India, so don't get confuse with the names. If you are not Indian or if you are not Muslim, you still can come visit this location at anytime with any type of dress up, except naked.
Amazing shopping area! Beautiful scarves, Pashima's, and textiles. Great prices. Muslim area so MAKE SURE you dress modestly, nothing "bad" will happen to you if you don't, but you will feel more comfortable in Long sleeves and long pants. If you are in a tank top, people just stare at you longer (they are already stareing at you hair being uncovered- so why fuel the fire.....) I saw some western women buying scarves and wrapping thier bare shoulders. It just makes for a smoother day.
A shop front, advertisement of Chop Raja, Asoka Palaikat Co. India made. The location of this shop is at address below. This area is best for Muslim shoppers looking for carpets, silks, textiles, sarees, etc. A must for tourists, good for photos.