Mumbai, India is a city lavish in vibrance and teeming with life. As a place in constant motion, you have to experience it for yourself if you want to grasp it in all its wonder.
1. THE HISTORY
The Gateway of India is a gorgeous archway that was built for the landing and arrival of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1924. Years later the last group of British troops also left through the colossal arch. The monument continues to draw in endless Indian and international travelers.
2. THE FOOD
Pali Bhavan—A dimly lit spot in Mumbai's Bandra is just one of the many delicious spots to indulge. The bi-level Indian restaurant gives a cool vibe with funky decor and an inventive menu that's heavy in Maharashtrian cuisine. You will definitely leave feeling well-fed.
3. THE ARCHITECTURE
Each part of the city tells a story all its own. Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's a reminder of British Raj pre-independence. The stunning landmark, built in 1888, showcases Victorian-Gothic architecture. The station is still up and running so you can head inside if you want be a witness to the madness.
4. THE COCKTAILS
KOKO—an upscale Asian bar and restaurant in the hip Kamala Mills is a sleek spot to catch a buzz. From the Tham brothers, a famous TV star mixologist and Michelin star chef, there are definitely drinks worthy of sipping on this menu. The crowd and occasional live music add to the fun, too.
5. THE HIDDEN GEMS
Nestled into Sanjay Ghandi National Park, on the outskirts of the city, are 109 Buddhist caves. The tranquil escape is open to explore and was once used by monks between the 1st century BC and 10th century AD. Wandering around the ancient grounds feels like entering a tale left untold.