Mumbai

Mumbai

Neighboring Goa is the metropolis Mumbai that holds the much deserved 4th position in our list of top destinations in India. Mumbai — flashy yet humble and noisy yet spiritual –manages to cram extremes that leaves tourist exhilarated and engrossed. It beckons a new crowd with new malls springing up ever so frequently, despite the minimal space. Mumbai is a fast-growing city, but some things never change. The gothic tips and ornaments covering the UNESCO-listed and protected Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and the glimpse of Sunday evenings on Chowpatty Beach where people gather to enjoy paanipuri, street snacks of crunchy and tangy bhelpoori, and pavbhaaji.

The colonial past of Mumbaiis still prominent with locals filling up the Azad and Oval grounds to partake in cricket, a game adored by all. You can alternatively, spend a relaxing time,on wicker recliners on the balcony, under a ceiling fan, reading a book in the150-year old wood-paneled David Sassoon Library. Despite the buzz and noise of Mumbai, this metropolis hold plenty of room for spirituality. Hindu pilgrims flock to the serene expanse of the Babulnath Temple filled with incense plumes and the scent of marigold garlands while Muslims walk along the seafront causeway to attend their daily prayer rituals at the white marble shrine of Haji Ali.

Mumbai reflects a touch of bling and designer boutiques that dot the streets of Colaba, where top Indian designers showcase the best of their high-priced gowns and Nehru-inspired shirts. For casual clothing, shop at fashion hubs at Linking and Hill Roads in Bandra. And not to forget the Traditional street markets where you can haggle for the best deal on a gold pendant at Zaveri Bazaar or choose your favorite piece of local art in the modern-day galleries of Kala Ghoda enclave.