Almost as synonymous with Singapore as Sentosa Island, the Little India of Singapore is really a sight in and of itself. Lose yourself in this world within a world through a day walking tour – guided or self-guided options abound.
The only way to get down and immerse yourself in the richness of this pocket of India is by wandering the winding alleyways and streets binding this ultra tight-knit community together.
Little India maintains a unique and hardly sanitized Indian flair in the architecture, the delectable food and the palpable culture heartbeat in the area. Take in some delectable Singaporean Indian eats especially the fish head curry. Vegetarians will lose themselves in the cuisine!
As well as architectural and culinary delights, the local markets are a lively way to immerse yourself in the pulse of Little India. Your senses will be bombarded with fragrant spices, colorful handwoven crafts and traditional wooden carvings and art.
The local markets are a far cry from the Mustafa Center, which offers the keen shopper the opportunity to shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visit Little India on a Singapore City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Check to see if you visit coincides with any of the major Indian festivals – depending on your appetite for adventure this could certainly provide a very novel highlight on your travels abroad. There is Thaipusam in January/February, Deepavali in October/November and the somewhat regular event of the weekly Sunday afternoon off.
Ultimately, the main attraction is really wandering around the area itself and taking in the unique vibe – and reminding yourself that you are still in Singapore!
- Contributed by John Reality