Mumbai, India

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Perhaps a stroll along Marine Drive, the broad seafront promenade, which links the skyscrapers and bustle of Nariman Point with the serene greenery of Malabar Hill, is the best introduction to the sheer variety of this fascinating city. Or climb to the top of Malabar Hill to visit the terraced Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, which overlook the Arabian Sea and the famous Towers of Silence. Then make your way to Crawford's Market (now Jyotiba Phule), which will take you back in time to Victorian days - the frieze above its entrance was designed by Rudyard Kipling's father, and Rudyard's childhood home lies right opposite. Bargain hunters should not miss the famous Chor Bazaar and the antique shops of Motton Street at its heart, where you can pick up fabulous memorabilia - and do not be afraid to bargain.