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What you should know about Little India

Little India is a bustling neighborhood that brings the colors and spices of the subcontinent to Downtown Singapore. Named for the local Indian population, this fascinating district offers an insight into Singapore’s diverse range of communities and cultures. Visitors are invited to sample delicious freshly cooked snacks, be dazzled by the brightly colored vegetables stacked on roadside stalls, seek spiritual succor in a variety of Chinese and Indian temples, and browse for souvenirs in the famous Mustafa Center shopping mall.

Hotels in Little India

Hotels in Little India cater to all tastes and budgets, from travelers on a shoestring to those with a little more to spend. The area’s bohemian vibe and up-and-coming status are reflected in the quirky, retro décor of Wanderlust—a boutique hotel which combines luxury and design. The neighborhood is also a paradise for backpackers seeking an authentic experience where they can mingle with locals and learn more about Singapore’s unique heritage. Clean and affordable options with no unnecessary frills are plentiful. Cheap Little India hotels include the very popular Pine Hostel and Vintage Inn, which offers low-priced capsule beds.

Things to see in Little India

Serangoon Road is the main artery that cuts through the heart of Little India. Packed with dusty liquor stores, traditional tailors, and fruit and vegetable stalled, a walk along this thoroughfare will acquaint you with the area’s sights, sounds and smells. Perhaps the most famous of all is the Mustafa Center—a 24-hour mall spread across 5 floors which offers everything from clothes through electronics to money exchange. Serangoon Road also houses the area’s most famous temple. The exterior of Sri Veeramakaliamman is decorated with hundreds of colored statues and this 19th-century temple still welcomes throngs of worshippers on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Another well-known sight is the brightly colored facade of the House of Tan Teng Niah. Originally built by Chinese colonists, the building has since been decorated in bright colors by the local Indian community—making it a perfect metaphor for the district’s ethnic diversity.

Good for independent travelers

Little India makes a great base for solo travelers looking to step off the beaten track and enjoy authentic cultural experiences. Although the area is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, it has maintained its unique identity making it a fascinating stop-off for anyone who wants to explore the vibrancy that can be glimpsed behind the glamorous facades of uptown Singapore. Little India is the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere and indulge in some traditional Indian food. The range of accommodation in Little India reflects the area’s diversity, offering everything from high-end boutiques to capsule hotels for those travelling on a tight budget.

How to get to Little India

Little India can be quite hectic, so getting a taxi here may be a little complicated. The roads are busy and crowded, so taking public transport or choosing to walk are the best options for travelers. The easiest way to get into the area is by MRT train, with nearby stops including Little India, Farrer Road, and Bugis. The MRT also connects travelers to Changi Airport, one of the main points of entry into Singapore. Seletar International Airport is a further option. From here, just take a short taxi ride to Sengkang SMRT station before you travel to Little India directly by train.

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