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Travel by Smartphone: Mumbai, India

The boom in smartphone apps has made a lot of things easier—but what about travel? To find out, James Vlahos heads to the beautifully overwhelming, mazelike megalopolis of Mumbai, India, with nothing more than a half-packed carry-on, a phone, and a wide-open schedule.

ACTIVITIES
Gateway of India
Apollo Bunder, across from the Taj Mahal Palace, free

Chor Bazaar
Mutton St., Mandvi, open Saturday–Thursday, free

Elephanta Island
Round-trip ferry tickets ($5) are sold in stalls by the Gateway of India. Boats leave about every half hour 9 a.m.–2 p.m., admission $6

National Centre for the Performing Arts
Southern tip of Marine Dr., 011-91/22-6622-3737, ncpamumbai.com, free admission to the Piramal Art Gallery

Kamala Nehru Park
Atop Malabar Hill, across from Hanging Gardens, open until sunset, free

NIGHTLIFE
Harbour Bar
The Taj Mahal Palace, 011-91/22-6665-3366 ext. 3275, tajhotels.com, martini from $12

Blue Frog
D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, bluefrog.co.in, cover from $3

ADVENTURES BY APP

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