Mumbai has been tipped by travel experts Lonely Planet as one of the must-see places for travellers to visit in 2008, in a new book published worldwide this month.
"Lonely Planet Bluelist: The Best in Travel 2008" captures what’s hot in travel for the coming year, and is an annual collection of the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences from around the world.
Mumbai is featured in the ‘Go List’ section of the book - a chapter dedicated to the 30 most exciting destinations for the year ahead. The book says Mumbai is “set to reclaim the world’s attention” in 2008, with the city’s growing economic strength ensuring that Mumbai has “become noted for its sleek shopping, gourmet dining and swanky bars as much as for grand colonial architecture.”
Elsewhere in the book, Mumbai is also featured as one of the top 5 places to “lose yourself” and as one of the world’s top ten incredible metropolises.
Sam Trafford, Lonely Planet’s Commissioning Editor for South & Central Asia, said that Mumbai was chosen because “it gives an interesting glimpse of the new booming India, with a vibrant shopping, restaurant and nightlife scene catering for self-confident Mumbaikers. It’s a side of the country many travellers skip through but is well worth taking the time to seek out.”
Ms Trafford said she wanted to show international travellers that Mumbai was more than a gateway city, and “encourage travellers who fly in or out of Mumbai as part of a longer trip to linger for a while and get to know the city.”
Lonely Planet Bluelist 2008 features fun, inspirational lists of the world’s best travel experiences profiled under 30 categories -- everything from quirky places where you can sleep behind bars, to a hit list of the world’s most amazing tropical paradises, or the greatest river journeys. Under each category, the top ten options are highlighted along with stunning photos and a snappy write-up from Lonely Planet’s expert authors.
India features heavily throughout this year’s Lonely Planet Bluelist 2008: Chandi Chowk is profiled as one of the top 10 “Food Wonderlands of the World”, Golden Temple and the source of the Ganges are nominated as two of the world’s best spiritual sites. The Bring Your Own Film Festival is nominated as one of the world’s “Great Film Festivals”, and India also makes it on to the list of “Strangest Museums”, with the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets!
Another section of the book, called “Bluelist moments”, records readers’ best travel recommendations caught on camera. Three out of the ten experiences captured are in India, including predawn at the Pushkar Camel Fair, Boatmen carrying coracles at Hogenakkal, and the statue of Gomateshvara at Sravanabelagola.
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