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Mumbai: The City that Never Sleeps

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.

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Jodhpur: The Blue City

Jodhpur is a city where Brahmin-blue houses stand cheek-by-jowl with 21st century architecture. The Blue City is literally Blue! It’s filled with glittering, winding, medieval streets, which do not lead you where you expect to go. The scent of roses and incense hangs in the air, with bazaars selling everything from bangles to saris to temple decorations to trumpets. Most tourists visit Jodhpur to take in its imposing forts and picturesque lakes. But whether you’re here to shop, stare, or soak in the atmosphere, you won’t leave Jodhpur without the city having made an impression on you. Top things to do in JodhpurExplore Mehrangarh Fort The mighty and wondrous Mehrangarh Fort tops our list. Use Trabug’s audio tour and spend the rest of your day exploring one of the largest forts in India. The sprawling complex includes many royal apartments, charming rooms, and delightful balconies, but one of these is special. Take a peep inside Phool Mahal – the Palace of Flowers. It is believed that this was a room dedicated solely to the pleasure of the Maharajas – where they watched dancing girls perform, enjoyed the rich art of their paintings, and had a royally good time. For adventurous tourists, the Flying Fox activity is a must. A zipline tour that sends you flying around Mehrangarh Fort’s moats and ramparts, the Flying Fox attracts customers from all walks of life, including, it seems, Boris Johnson, London’s erstwhile mayor and current British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.