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Shop. No.1, A.N. House, 31st Road, Lane Opp. Shoppers Stop, Off Linking Road,, Bandra (W), Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India
I often check out this curio shop that sells flip-flops, tote bags, and home goods such as picture frames and lamps. Everything has a funky, modern design and is super affordable. It’s an easy place to pick up souvenirs. —Manu Chandra Shop No. 1,...
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No. 14, Nargis Dutt Rd, Union Park, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052, India
Olive is iconic in the city. It’s been around 12 years, which is a lifetime in Bombay, and it’s the place to meet and dine in Bandra. I think it helps that we constantly reinvent ourselves with new dishes and theme nights. But I have to say that...
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Elephanta Island, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
When visiting Mumbai, a must-see is Elephanta Island. For just a few dollars, take a ferry from the Gateway of India to the island. The ferry ride takes about an hour and is an experience as well. Mumbai from the water is impressive. Once you land...
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Mani Bhavan, Hughes Rd, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007, India
Mani Bhavan is a simple old-style, two storied building in Mumbai. Whenever Mahatma Gandhi was in Mumbai between 1917 to 1934, he stayed here. It is now converted into a museum and research centre. It belonged to Shri Revashankar Jagjeevan...
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20 Janki Kutir Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
It comes as no surprise that, as the city that gave rise to Bollywood, entertainment is a huge industry in Mumbai. Open since the 1970's, the non-profit Prithvi Theater has been bringing the stage to life for decades. Specializing in professional...
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Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101, India
The Kanheri Caves come to life during India's monsoon season, when pools overflow into waterfalls and budding exotic greenery takes over Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The 109 Buddhist chambers were sculpted from an outcropping of basalt in ancient...
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Juhu Tara Rd, Uditi Tarang Housing Colony, Juhu Tara, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
Mumbai is full of hotels, so how do you know which one to choose? The main tourist sites are located in South Mumbai, which is where most tourists tend to flock. However, I recommend visitors stay in the northern suburbs. You will get a better...
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Shop No. 1, Jain Arcade, Off Linking Road, Khar Danda, Chitrakar Dhurandhar Road, 14th Road, Khar West, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052, India
If you are interested in fabric, Mangaldas Fabric Market is the place for you. Near Crawford Market, this warehouse hidden behind shop fronts will leave you breathless. Here you can find bulk fabric of every type you can imagine. Bargain well...
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Inside Vasant Arcade, Comba, Near Popular High School, Comba, Margao, Goa 403601, India
Goa is famous for it's it's raves, hippie scene, open mic nights, drum circles on the beach at sunset, dreadlocks and simple huts. Goa's best kept secret is it's Israeli delicacies...such as Jachnun. Served only on Shabbat (Saturday) mornings. The...
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North Goa, Goa, India
The family estate of one of India’s leading fashion photographers has become an under-the-radar beach escape for many of Mumbai’s Bollywood stars. The hotel’s location is kept a secret until your booking is made. The owner or a staff member meets...
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Bainguinim, Goa, India
I was exploring some of the old Portuguese churches in Old Goa when this lovely nun emerged from the forest where she had been collecting fresh peppercorns. I had been looking for spice plantations but realized that spices grow everywhere in the...
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Cola, Goa 403702, India
This secret resort is where I escape to at peak season in December to chill by the freshwater lagoon separated by a tiny sliver of sand of sand to the ocean. Waves are huge here and kayaking the river is a must.
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Spent an amazing afternoon learning about all the natural spices in the region. My first impression was that this would be more of a culinary experience, but it turned out much more focused on natural remedies to common illnesses. Be sure to ask...
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5, Ground Floor, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharashi Marg Opp. Danraj Mahal, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039, India
Refuel with citrus salad, fennel risotto with cherry tomatoes and saffron, and chocolate bread pudding at the new outpost of Indigo Delicatessen. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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Nirona, Gujarat 370001, India
Driving through Kutch in rural India, we turned into the town of Nirona on a whisper that there were some interesting crafts created there. We asked some locals who directed us to just keep walking along the dusty track. On what seemed like a road...
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Navyug, J.V.P.D, Scheme, V M Road, Vile Parle West, Nehru Nagar, Airport Area, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
Raman Patel knows a lot about silk. He works at Kala Niketan, a Mumbai-based fabric warehouse that started in the south of the city and now has four retail outlets plus exporting offshoots. The company supplies many local fashion designers, who...
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Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Yes, Hauz Khas Village is perhaps most known for its artsy vibe, boutique shops, and trendy restaurants. But before it became a lively commercial district, Hauz Kaus was (and remains) a 13th-century historical complex with a mosque,...
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Shop No 8, Gokul Regency, Thakur Complex, Kandivali East, Mumbai - 400101, New Saibaba Nagar, Hemu Colony, Bhagat Colony, Kandivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101, India
Drashta, the boutique of Mumbai-based fashion designer Drashta Sarvaiya, sells silk brocade skirts, brightly printed dresses, and beaded accessories, such as wrap belts made with semi-precious stones. This appeared in the November/December 2012...
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I happened upon this moment at a night market in Jaipur, India, which has some of the best shopping for beaded crafts, jewelry, ceramics, carpets and textiles. This jewelry stand in Johari Bazaar was crowded with women interested in the necklaces,...
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Airport Rd, Agatti, Lakshadweep 682553, India
If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful getaway, I recommend a few days here in Agatti Island, at the Agatti Island Beach Resort. Agatti Island is a small island in the Lakshadweep Island chain, and is located about 285 miles west of the...
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Oberai Mall, Unit 10 & 11, First Floor, Western Express Highway, Goregaon(E), Yashodham, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054, India
India is one of those places where you can get a suit custom made without denting your pocket. The best place to get your suits made is at one of the well established Raymond outlets. Go to the store, pick out the material, and share your...
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Kolivery Village, Vidya Nagari, Kalina, Santacruz East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400098, India
We walked from the light into what felt like an underground world of silk and chiffon, where Indian shopkeepers sat on raised platform beds and beckoned us to discover their unique worlds of color. There is sari shop after sari shop, no two alike,...
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Showroom F-24, Unit G-2, Oberoi Mall Pvt Ltd, Oberoi, Off, Western Express Hwy, Yashodham, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063, India
Jewelry is a very important aspect of Indian life. Many Indians have family jewelers who design traditional patterns most commonly used during the festive and wedding seasons. However, if you’re looking for more contemporary styles, try a modern...
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Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon, Aarey Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400065, India
Amid the hustle and bustle of Mumbai awaits Chhota Kashmir, a park and garden that serves as a retreat from city life. The park’s lake is the one of the only places in Mumbai where you can take to the water in a rowboat or a paddleboat. Bring a...
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Mumbai-Gujarat Road, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400066, India
Located within Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is an oasis of calm. To escape the city without leaving it, spend a day bird-watching in the park. Peak birding season is from November to February. Among the many species you can observe are...
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Industrial Area, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400102, India
Firangi Paani's daily happy hour is the perfect time to order beers, signature cocktails, wine, and more. Designed much like an English pub, Firangi Paani is all keg tables, leather chairs, and polished wood. There's also a decent menu, ensuring...
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2nd floor, Vithalbhai Patel Road,, Phase II, Bandra West, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India
This is a two-level bar with the best martinis in town. Bonobo is always buzzing but has a chilled-out neighborhood feel. When the weather is nice, everyone wants to hang out on the big outdoor patio. It’s my go-to party spot any night of the...
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2, Krystal Building, 206, Waterfield Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India
“When Hakkasan opened in 2011, it took the city by storm. It’s an international Chinese restaurant chain with the highest standards when it comes to food, drinks, and service. The soft-shell crabs and pork belly are musts, but it’s a pricey meal,...
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1st Floor, Pheroze Building, Above Indigo Deli, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg,, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
As manufacturing moves out of the city, industrial spaces are being repurposed. In 2011, a boutique, cafe, and flower shop called Le Mill opened in a former rice mill near the naval dockyards. Roughly half the merchandise is made in India....
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Zeba Centre, Mathuradas Mill Compound,, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013, India
Opened in 2007, Blue Frog is a theater, restaurant, club, and record label housed within an old textile mill. From a futuristic pod, you can watch live musical performances by artists such as composer and percussionist Talvin Singh. 91/(0)...
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91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East, Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027, India
The 140-year-old Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum completed a four-year restoration in 2008 that preserved its Corinthian columns and tiled staircase. The building has long been a home for rare religious statues and 16th-century maps of the...
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Plot No:602, Dr BR Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India
"Mumbai is where many cultures come together, and the food highlights this," Chelsea said of her time in Mumbai. She particularly loved the Pali Village Cafe, a hip little eatery in Bandra, [which] mixes Parisian with Italian and Indian."

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36-B, Turner Road, Opp. Crossword Store, TPS III, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India
I grew up in Delhi shopping at this chain for high-quality Western and Indian cotton clothes, and I still gravitate to it. Unlike most of the stores in Bandra, which aim to be trendy, Fabindia has stuck to its conviction of simplicity when it...
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J-44, Block J, Lajpat Nagar II, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
Home Saaz is an Indian version of Bed, Bath and Beyond. The modern space offers large showrooms and solutions for interior decor. Although many items are contemporary and westernized, the real gems are the bedspreads, duvet covers, tablecloths,...
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22, Janpath Bhawan,Janpath, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Many locals believe that no trip to Janpath is complete without a visit to DePaul's. The hazelnut-flavored cold coffee is served in a glass bottle with a straw. Nothing fancy, but delightfully refreshing and creamy—especially during hot summers....
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ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Bukhara is an icon in Delhi. The award-winning restaurant is almost always full, as the guests are always full on kabobs and giant naans (flatbread). Bukhara's specialty is tandoor-cooked cuisine prepared in a traditional clay oven. Try the...
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2f, 32, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Anokhi has sold clothes and linens with contemporary block-print designs since 1970. 32 Khan Market, New Delhi, 91/(0) 11-2460-3423; 2nd Floor KK Square, C-11, Prithviraj Rd., C-Scheme, Jaipur, 91/(0) 14- 1400-7244; plus 21 other locations across...
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A-1, Hamilton House, Next to Starbucks Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
FabIndia offers handwoven printed linens and furnishings. N-Block Market, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi, 91/(0) 11-4669-3725; plus more locations in India and in five other countries. fabindia.com. Find modern block-printed clothing and homewares...
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Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi 110070, India
This is bar none the best store for colorful Indian clothing and textiles that I've found yet in Delhi, and as a bonus, they are an ethical shop that pairs quality dyes and fabrics with excellent business practices. Often the beautiful Indian...
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P-7/90, Block P, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
With branches all over India, Nalli is one of the best sari shops you can get to. I've never seen a tourist in one of them. If you're a casual sari-wearer (and I'm not sure you can be because those things are hard to fold!) you'd be better off...
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8, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Cannought Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
A visitor to New Delhi can spend hours walking through stalls and vendors seeking something special to remember their trip to the city. Save yourself some time and visit People Tree in Connaught Circus first. This is the ideal shop for those...
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House No. 1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Baga, Goa 403509, India
This French bistro is only open during season is in the hot spot in town.
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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Meena Bazaar carries an extensive collection of traditional attire, including lehengas, sarees, kurtis, and suits. Shopping here is a sensory experience - the textures, beads, colors and embellishments reflect both customary and contemporary...
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Baba Kharak Singh Marg,, Connaught Place, Hanuman Road Area, Raja Bazar Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
There is nothing fancy or flashy about this popular garment shop in Connaught Place - and that is just how the locals like it. Its unassuming exterior leads to a space filled with woven and fashion textiles. The outlet, established in 1956,...
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Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Janpath is a bustling marketplace that houses both government-approved shops and open-air stalls. Plan to visit soon after arriving in Delhi to grab a few local and traditional clothing items. Of course, there are hundreds of options: countless...
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Johri Bazar, Gangori Bazar, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302003, India
Johri is Hindi for jeweler, and you’ll find plenty of examples at this Indian bazaar. Rajasthani brides visit before their big day for the Crayola spectrum of saris. Pick up impossibly soft pashminas and silver-threaded sandals, too. No wedding...
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Subhash Chowk Station road malakhera, Alwar, Rajasthan 301406, India
Neelkanth, meaning the blue-throated reincarnation of Lord Shiva, is located inside Sariska National Park, about 45 mins from Amanbagh (http://www.amanresorts.com/amanbagh/home.aspx). It situated on a plateau high in the hills and the drive up...
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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606, India
For such an amazing place, Khajuraho was surprisingly tourist free. We went early to avoid the heat of the day, and found just a handful of devotees walking the temple grounds. Oh, and don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for the kama sutra...
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Lake Chūzenji, Chugushi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1661, Japan
The Chuzenji Temple in Oku-nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was originally founded in 784 by a Buddhist monk known as Shodo-shonin and is located on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, which is approximately 1,300 meters above sea level. In the middle of the...