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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2017

HAPPENINGS INDIA mumbai

HAPPENINGS INDIA mumbai SPOTLIGHT Caving In For a change of pace from Mumbai’s exhilarating energy, it is worthwhile to escape to a plethora of deep, ancient and mysterious caves not far from the city. The Elephanta caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on an island 11 kilometres away from Mumbai and reachable via a charming boat journey. Easily reached as well are the Kanheri caves on the outskirts of the city and hidden in lush green hills which clearly traces the development of Buddhism in Western India. Finally, there are the Shaiva caves at Borivali known as Mandapeshvara. Explore the awe-inspiring formations that have stood the test of time and offer a tranquil break from the city. maharashtratourism.gov.in Designer Dining Eat in bi-level style in a space designed by Kapil Gupta, one of India’s leading architects, Tote on the Turf is set amidst a lush canopy of 100-year-old trees with a stunning backdrop of historic buildings and the green of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course. Integrating cuttingedge design techniques with traditional elements, making Tote an award-winning venture in architecture, design and hospitality. And there’s Neel, the specialty Indian restaurant on the ground level of Tote, whose focus pays homage to the rich and evolved cuisine of old Nawabi families from Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kashmir. The blend of authentic flavours, textures and colours of the dining space indeed creates a sensational culinary experience. thetote.in Fashionable Favourites Mumbai can clearly be designated as India’s most fashionable metropolis and visitors have a wide range of retail options in order to bring home something exotic, colourful and distinctive. In addition to browsing markets and roadside stalls just where are the coolest spots in the city? Bungalow 8, housed in an austere concrete mansion, is a three-floor lifestyle shop containing a wide range of Asian homeware and fashion. Wellknown for its desirable menswear it also has its own in-house fashion line, The Bungalow. Le Mill is a former rice mill from the 1930s in the docklands and in addition to fashion houses a florist and café. Bombay Electric, just around the corner from the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, features fashion from up-andcoming Indian designers, jewellery and even retro Bollywood posters. bungaloweight.com, lemilldindia.com, bombayelectric.in 110 Fah Thai