CITY OF MIL­LIONS AND MIL­LION­AIRES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET | MUMBAI -

It’s big, bold, and though its name was changed years ago, will for­ever be known in many hearts as Bom­bay. Although it can be over­whelm­ing at first bite, Mumbai at­tracts both dream­ers and mil­lion­aire busi­ness­men. More mod­ernly known as In­dia’s Sil­i­con Val­ley, it’s In­dia’s rich­est city – home to 46,000 mil­lion­aires and 28 bil­lion­aires along with a to­tal wealth of $820 bil­lion.

But it’s not just those seek­ing tech fame and for­tune be­ing lured to Mumbai, with Mother In­dia beck­on­ing Aus­tralians to her shores. Searches for In­dia, specif­i­cally Mumbai, are up by nearly 25 per cent year-on-year in 2017, and Ex­pe­dia tips this might be the year many Aussies ex­plore the coun­try, broad­en­ing their hori­zons be­yond but­ter chicken.

“When I’m overseas I love eat­ing like the lo­cals, and you can’t leave Mumbai with­out try­ing a spicy vada pav, a tra­di­tional street food of deep-fried potato dumpling in­side a bread roll and served with chut­neys,” says Lisa Perkovic, Ex­pe­dia.com.au travel ex­pert. CE­LESTE MITCHELL

*RATES BASED ON SEARCH FOR AC­COM­MO­DA­TION FROM AU­GUST 16-17. 2018. SUB­JECT TO AVAIL­ABIL­ITY, LIM­ITS AND CHANGE WITH­OUT NO­TICE.

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