Little India

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Mainly on Serangoon Road, Singapore, Singapore

Little India Singapore Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Little India Feb 21, 2013
Little India is where I spent most of my stay in Singapore. It is a place with incredible variety of colors, food and interesting people. I think that everyone has a shop or at least a restaurant in this area… To say the least, you can get some seriously good Indian food, and my only problem is that I can’t eat more than few of times per day… Many Indians that work on the construction projects in surrounding areas flock here every afternoon and enjoy with friends sitting in the alleys eating and drinking. There is few temples around the area and aside of that there is not much else to see. You can get a bit cheaper electronics, some Indian textile and great food.
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Vipin says:
I know exacly what you mean. I used to eat one meal but i could think of 5 others that i wanted to eat :D
Posted on: Feb 21, 2013
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AzecR AzecR
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Little India,Singapore Jun 22, 2011
Well this is for those who are keen on getting to know about the Hindu culture in Singapore. When the word "Hindu" comes to your mind in Singapore, Little India is arguably the best place to experience the Hindu culture. Little India is located regionally around the south-east of the island and close to the city area where most major hotels operate. It is very safe to visit the place and most Indians do speak English. Therefore you would not really have a problem. Little India is one of the oldest and most preserved heritage sites of Singapore. It preserves the cultural and ethnic values of the Indian culture ever since the presence of Indians who worked as coolies,or as cheap labour back in history. At the morning, the place can be quite mildly crowded as well as in the night too. Walking through the streets of Little India is an enriching experience. You will see many Indians doing the daily work and people hustling around the crowd and roads. Sometimes you might encounter an astrologer who has a parrot with him which is quite fun. It is an old form of astrology among the Indian Hindu culture. Basically,the old astrologer would ask you to tell your name and birthday,and he will ask the parrot to pick up a card which would be then interpreted as accordingly. It is quite similar to tarot card reading:) But this is more fascinating in a sense that it involves cute parrots predicting your future!! As you walk around the exotic and cultural environment,you might want to treat yourself with the local dishes and cuisine. There are plenty and plenty of restaurants and Indian cafes which you can satisfy your appetite. A few examples of dishes are,thosai( a flat,paper-like dish which is extremely popular) or Idly( small round rice cakes) or Biryani which is coloured rice served with curry..and Biryani is so far very famous worldwide. There are also other dishes but I cant remember much and I'm an Indian too!! That is embarrassing now. Due to mass immigration of Indians from India, Little India has become a place to meet for native Indians to meet each other. Often around the night time, you will see the Indians taking a day rest after a long day and walking around the big and crowded streets,it immerses you into an experience which you might be exhilarating. One of the popular shopping centres in Little India is the Mustapha Centre. I rarely have been there before because the name Mustapha reminds me of a random bald man wearing glasses, sliding down the stairs. It is a common shopping centre for Indians and other races like Muslims,Bangladesh to shop around there. But Little India has much to offer! It is at the night time where you really experience it the most; the glittering lights,the narrow streets you walk around,the sound of Indian local songs playing at a far distance, and as you walk and cross a street,you see a few astrologers sitting on the street,with the hustling crowd,you notice and see Indian women picking their best bet on traditional Indian dresses and costumes like Saree and Punjabi suits..The variety of colours and the vast tapestry of it is amazing to see. And of course,as for perfumes, you can never get a perfume which is distinctively unique but yet has the traditional touch to it. Moreover,Little India becomes a grand place with huge celebrations during festival seasons like Diwali aka as the Festival of Lights to celebrate the Victory of Light over Darkness which hints that Good wins over Evil. During Diwali,which is most likely celebrated around September,October or November, Little India becomes a real magnificent sight to see. Many shops and stores will have huge sales and people will gather during the night to celebrate it. Apart from this,you will also find historical monuments and temples around the area,which you can visit to have a closer look about the lifestyle of a Hindu. Oh yes! Please remove your shoes when you enter the Temples. It is a custom for the Hindus to respect the place of worship. So that is my so called review. Hope people find it helpful!
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Amanda Amanda
83 reviews
Nov 07, 2004
Singapore has many different areas, but Little India was one of my personal favorites. All around you was sensory overload of bright colors, and exotic smells. Almost anything you can imagine is for sale here, from fancy sandals to incense to henna tattoos.

There is a constant bustle of activity everywhere around you; fortune tellers, spice vendors, and other visitors.Thereare anamazing assortment of options for foods to eat as well.

A few words; It's very easy to walk this whole area, but can be a little hard to get taxies away again, especially on the weekends; so don't wait until you are totally exhausted before you start trying, or you could end up a little depressed and frazzled.
The view walking through Little In…
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alone_traveler says:
Yap, when you visit Little India you totally forget that you in Singapore. It is like you in India itself. Lots of Indian Restaurants are there with lots of Indian tourist filling up the area. Getting a cab late is a real pain. Mustafa market is there which is 24/7 market which again I found pretty famous among Indian travelers.
Posted on: Feb 19, 2011
theresia85 says:
anyone who visits singapore should come to little india.. it's a good experience to see another part of singapore that is veryvery different from changi airport/orchard road.. not only more messy, but also much more lively :)
Posted on: Apr 23, 2008

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