Published: October 200848 HOURS
Mumbai Destination Guide
Mumbai's National Gallery of Modern Art pairs innovative architecture with art.
"Photo: National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai"
Mumbai's National Gallery of Modern Art pairs innovative architecture with art.
Photo by Michael Rubenstein

Tradition and trendiness meet in this bustling Indian city.

Mumbai contains both the world's first billion-dollar home (located in the tony neighborhood of Malabar Hill) and one of Asia's largest slums. And this paradoxical city by the sea, already 18 million strong, keeps growing: A major airport restoration is in progress; the Bandra-Worli sea-link bridge is set to open in early 2009 to relieve the city's tremendous traffic problems. "The best reason to visit Mumbai," says Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, "is to see how a city can survive, and thrive, against every rational expectation."

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