Locate along the Serangoon River across Chinatown, Little India is a bustling ethnic Indian area in Singapore with lots of colorful Indian shops, restaurants, temples and mosques as well as boutique hotels. The area was originally planned for Europeans and then used by cattle herders to raise cattle. However, by the turn of the 20th century, it was completely transformed into an Indian neighborhood. Today it is one of the most vibrant districts in Singapore.
An Indian myself, Little India really made me feel like I was back in India! It was fun to see the vastly different Indian cultures and traditions all concentrated in one small area. Restaurants served everything from Tandoori chicken, a North Indian speciality, to South Indian food, and shops had an interesting mix of articles from all over India. My friend and I visited the Tekka Market, popular for food and souvenirs and also stopped at the 24 hour shopping centre called Mustafa.
All in all, it is a great place just to walk around and immerse yourself in the Indian culture. There are free walking tours staring at 10:30am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in front of the main entrance of the shopping mall, Verge.