Bustling restaurants and quaint Irani cafes, flea markets and designer boutiques, harried traffic and local trains—Mumbai is an inebriating mix of contrasts. The art of experiencing Mumbailies in eating, shopping and wandering through strikingly different neighbourhoods and various markets. Solo travellers can head out to explore the city's home-style seafood joints as well as the upscale temples of gastronomy. And if you're craving for company, head down to the carnivalesque Chowpatty Beach.
Safety: When travelling by train, chain and lock your luggage under your berth. Don't keep anything valuable near the window. Carry plenty of water and fruit, and don't eat anything offered by a stranger.