Set aside a full day to see the spectacular Global Vipassana Pagoda , dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha (some of whose relics are encased within). The towering golden monument, modeled on Burma’s Shwedagon Pagoda, is made entirely of interlocking stone blocks and is the world’s largest unsupported dome structure. It has a small museum and meditation centre on site: take a 10-day course or a one-hour teaser. The pagoda is at Mumbai’s northern end: take the Western Line to Borivali, then a rickshaw to the ferry, which will bring you to the Global Pagoda entrance on Gorai island.