It was individual and authentic. And I was treated like a family friend, not a paying guest.
India - Mumbai
Formerly called Bombay, Mumbai is the sprawling capital of the state of Maharashtra. A mega-city home to more than 20 million people - the largest city in India and the fourth largest city in the world - it is both the financial and entertainment capital of India. Its overcrowding is legendary, and the line between the physical space that rich and poor share is exceptionally blurred here; scruffy rickshaws crawl alongside chauffeured limos in the city's infamous traffic, while five-star hotels bump up against vast slums. Despite (or because of) it all, the city buzzes with a frenetic energy and, as the breakout film Slumdog Millionaire depicted, infectious hope. Mumbai is truly one of the most exciting destinations in India, offering contemporary art and high-end museums, terrific dining, historic architecture, and, of course, Bollywood productions.