Tall skyscrapers, frenzied partying, architectural brilliance, and the never-ending Mumbai monsoon…that’s Mumbai for you! Mumbai is India’s commercial capital, its entertainment capital, and is famously known as the city that never sleeps. Mumbai is India’s busiest and most-populous city, with the 2011 Census of India estimating that 12 million call it home. Gateway of India This magnificent monument was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in Mumbai in 1911. It now welcomes tourists from all over the world, and stands tall in front of the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. You can also take a carriage-ride around the area in quaint contraptions known as Victorias – horse-drawn carriages named for Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch. Though your Trabug smartphone can easily help you take a selfie or two, local photographers will be happy to click a picture for just 30 Indian rupees (USD 0.45). A weekend getaway to the nearby Elephanta Caves is a great option. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Caves consist of some stunning Hindu and Buddhist religious sculptures, some of which are estimated to be nearly 1200 years old. Explore your spiritual side The city of Mumbai is also home to two extremely popular places of worship – the Siddhivinayak Temple, and the Haji Ali Dargah.
The face of modern India, Chandigarh, was a dream of Jawahar Lal Nehru (the first Prime Minister of India)—brought to life by the famous French architect, Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is a rare example of modernization co-existing with nature. One of India’s greenest cities, known internationally for it’s architecture and urban design—Chandigarh is also known as “The City Beautiful”. In 2015, an article published by the BBC praised it as an “ideal city”. Capitol ComplexChandigarh’s Capitol Complex, an example of the city’s striking architecture, was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 'Capitol Complex in Chandigarh' “Capitol Complex” Rock GardenA sculpture park built completely of industrial and home waste—the “Rock Garden” in Chandigarh is a very popular attraction.