70+ Interesting Facts About Mumbai

Facts About Mumbai: Mumbai Formerly known as Bombay, the city is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. The population of the main city is approximately 11 million. While the suburbs adjacent to the city like Navi Mumbai and Thane together have a total population of 19 Million (19 million). As a result, it is the world's fourth-largest urban agglomeration city, according to the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects report. It is the 7th largest city in the world in terms of GDP. Mumbai is located on the Konkan (or West) coast of India, which has a natural port. Half of India's maritime cargo is handled through the port of Mumbai.

Mumbai, India's economic and recreational hub, contributes 4% to India's GDP. In addition, Mumbai contributes 5% to industrial production, 30% to maritime trade, and 20% to the financial transactions of the Indian economy. Mumbai is home to major financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Mumbai Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and many Indian companies and multinationals. The Hindi film and television industry, also known as Bollywood, has settled in this city. As the standard of living in Mumbai is higher than other states in India, people from all over India come to Mumbai in search of opportunities for advancement, which has made Mumbai a hub of diverse communities and cultures.

70+ Interesting Facts About Mumbai

Amazing Facts About Mumbai

  • The most famous in Mumbai is Vada-Pow and Bhelpudi, which is very tasty.
  • In the jamming of the English, Mumbai was, given to Chalars-II as a dowry.
  • The weather of Mumbai remains the same, for twelve months, it is a humid summer.
  • It is, said that in the year 250 BC. At the time, Mumbai was, known as Haptanesia.
  • Another name of Mumbai has been, haptenacea but this name was only till the time of 250 BC.
  • 12. The famous magazine ‘Forbes’ included Mumbai in the list of 10 billion cities in the year 2008.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi and Dahi Handi are celebrated with great pomp in the entire country only in Mumbai.
  • The Gateway of India in Mumbai was built in 1924 to welcome George Panjam and Queen Mary on their arrival in India.
  • It's not surprising that Mumbai is known to be the most populous city in India, given its population is over 22 million!
  • The richest deity of Mumbai is the King of Shri Ganesh Lal Bagh. Raja of Lal Bagh is the heart of the residents of Mumbai.
  • A well-known fact about Mumbai and railways is that the first-ever train in the country operated from Mumbai Central to Thane.
  • Mumbai is the only place in the entire country where the place is most vulnerable. 1 person lives on, average 1.1 square meters.
  • You will not know that Mumbai is one such city in India, in every corner of which there are temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches.
  • The 11 Shakti Peethas of Lord Shri Ganesha is only in Mumbai. For this reason, Shri Ganesh Visarjan is celebrated, with great fanfare.

Historical Facts About Mumbai

  • According to scientists, Mumbai endures about 86 inches of rain every year and more than, 7800 metric tons of garbage is collected in this city.
  • Mumbai is called, by many names, such as Bombay, the city of Maya, the city of dreams, the city of accidents, Bombay, is the economic capital of India.
  • On 15th July 1926 the first bus service was introduced in India, starting in Mumbai. The first ever bus route was between Afghan Church and Crawford Market.
  • As mentioned earlier, Mumbai got its name from the local patron deity, 'Mumba Devi'. Here, the name came from the two words 'Mumba' the goddess, and 'aai' meaning 'mother'.
  • While the Bandra Worli sea link in Mumbai is known for its aesthetic appeal, it is also constructed using materials to withstand the mighty sea. Now that's one STRONG link!
  • While Disneyland maybe a faraway destination, fear not! India now has its vast theme park - Imagica! It is located on the Mumbai - Pune express highway, and is a must visit!
  • The city of Mumbai alone contributes 25% of India’s entire industrial output, 40% foreign trade, a whopping 33% income tax collection, and 60% of the country’s customs duty!
  • Mumbai has the country’s most expensive buildings, such as Mukesh Ambani’s 27-floor bungalow, which is worth 1 billion. Shah Rukh Khan’s Bungalow Mannat is also very expensive.
  • As a result, the city has one of the highest numbers of dog bit cases across the country. Due to this, all hospitals in Mumbai are readily equipped with rabies related treatments.
  • 32 billionaires live in Mumbai, with a collective net worth of US$115.1B. This places the city in sixth position on the world’s list of cities with the highest number of billionaires.

Facts About Mumbai Population

  • Mumbai is known for its fast local trains as modes of transport. But what we may not know is that the railway line connecting Mumbai to Pune was built in 1863 by Alice Tredwell, a woman!
  • Mumbai houses some of the most esteemed scientific and research institutes like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Department of Atomic Energy, and so on.
  • While Mumbai may be the wealthiest city in the country, it also houses the Asia's largest slum - Dharavi. Slums are temporary settlements with makeshift houses for the poor, homeless to live.
  • It’s hardly surprising that Mumbai is the most populous of all India’s cities, with a population of over 23 million (as of 2020). It is also currently the 6th most populous metropolis on earth.
  • As it is the Financial capital of India, Mumbai houses ten of the most important financial centres like Reserve Bank of India, Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange of India, and so on. 
  • Jamshetji Tata was the first person in India to own a car, in 1901. Born in the former Bombay Presidency (now modern day Gujarat), Tata is famously known as the founder of the Tata business empire.
  • Mumbai was initially called Bombay. The name came from a Portuguese writer who called the place "Bom Baim" that meant "good little bay". The name Mumbai was derived from the local deity 'Mumba Devi'.
  • Mumbai houses three of the most popular world heritage sites - the Elephanta Caves on the Elephanta Island, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or the Victoria Terminus, and the different Victorian and Art deco buildings.
  • Mumbai is famous as the home of Bollywood – the hub of the Hindi cinema industry. Formerly known as Bombay Cinema, it was where the country’s first ever feature film was released – the silent-film Raja Harishchandra, in 1913.

Economic Facts About Mumbai

  • Installed way back in 1925, this means that instead of there being a third rail on the ground powering the trains, the cables are overhead. This is also one of causes of deaths among passengers that sit atop overcrowded carriages.
  • The Juhu Aerodrome in Mumbai, founded in 1928, was the first airport in India. Currently, the city's international airport, 'Chhatrapati Shivaji 5International Airport', is known to be the third-best international airport in India.
  • Not many people are aware of Mumbai’s vast coastline, which features many pleasant beaches. From Marine Drive, which is beautifully embellished with the ‘queen’s necklace’, all the way to Aksa Beach, a popular beach and vacation spot.
  • We know him as the iconic writer who brought us the character of Mowgli. Rudyard Kipling, popularly known as the writer of 'The Jungle Book', was born in the city of Mumbai. This is surely one of the unknown facts about Mumbai, isn't it?
  • The Ganesh Chaturthi is the city’s most popular festival and the largest in the country, falling in late August to early September annually. Lasting for 10 days, the whole city is brought out onto the streets in a spectacular celebration.
  • Mumbai is not just a well-connected city when we talk about our country; it is also globally connected in terms of the world. Mumbai is a Global city or an Alpha World city that acts as a primary connection for the global economic network.
  • Mumbai could be known for the stark contrast between the rich and the poor. While there are several slums and 'chawls', the city also houses the highest number of billionaires and millionaires in the country, making it the wealthiest city.
  • Their management system is so unique and perfect that now Management students study them and their order in their texts. The Dabbawalas are the hardworking tiffin service network in this city, delivering tiffins on time to every person in Mumbai.
  • Mumbai is known to exist as a collective of seven islands. Originally, Bombay comprised of seven islands - Isle of Bombay, Colaba, Old Woman's Island (Little Colaba), Mahim, Mazagaon, Parel and Worli. They were united to form the metropolitan we know today.

Facts About Mumbai Slums

  • The Bandra-Worli Sea Link (officially the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link) is a bridge that links Bandra in the western suburbs of Mumbai, to Worli in the south. With a length of 5.6 kilometres, its made from 90,000 tonnes of cement and steel wire, equal to the earth’s girth.
  • The Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba, Mumbai, is India’s first ever 5-star hotel. Founded in 1903, the hotel was the first in a India to be powered by electricity, and the first in the country to have German elevators, Turkish baths, an all-day restaurant, and a discotheque.
  • Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formerly known as Victoria Terminus), and the city’s distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings. In 2008, Mumbai was named an Alpha World City.
  • A 27-story skyscraper known as Antilia is officially the world’s most expensive house, valued at nearly US $1 billion. Owned by Mukesh Ambani, founder of Reliance Group, the business tycoon moved into the 400,000 square ft mansion along with his wife and three children in 2012.
  • Mumbai is famous for several dishes and types of street food, thanks to the city’s immigrants from around the country. Some of its most beloved and popular foods include: Butter chicken, the Bombay Sandwich, Varan Bhaat, Baida Roti, Batata Vada, the Bombay Fry, and Akuri on toast.
  • Many foreign tourists to India have noted how Mumbai is a place with friendly vibes and a helpful attitude. It’s easy to see why, as Mumbaikars have endured much struggle through natural disasters and terrorist attacks, and despite this, they have never failed to lend a helping hand.
  • The exotic, brightly coloured flamingos are found in Asia and Africa, and during the migration period (October-March), you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of these beautiful birds in the Sewri and Bhamdup regions in Mumbai – perfect for birdwatchers, photographers and lovers of wildlife.
  • Mumbai was once an archipelago of seven different islands, known as Isle of Bombay, Colaba, Old Woman’s Island (or Little Colaba), Mahim, Parel, Mazagaon, and Worli. You can still see traces of the island structures, and remnants of the famous fishing communities still exist here today.
  • Mumbai is said to have been given this name by people who have lived for years while some have said that the name Bombay came from Portugal because they called it “Bom Bahia” which means “a beautiful bay. So this city got the name Mumbai because the natives of Mumbai worship Mumba Devi.

Geographical Facts About Mumbai

  • Mumbai may be called the City of Dreams, but it is also the Financial capital of India because of the stock market centres. It is the Commercial capital of India because of its vast global reach, and it is the Entertainment capital of India because of Bollywood - the Hindi cinema industry.
  • On 16th April 1853 India’s first train commenced operation. was announced and opened to the public, and has become a hugely essential means of public transportation ever since. The Mumbai Local Train network is the busiest railway system in the world, carrying 2.2 billion passengers each year.
  • The metropolis is well-known for it’s stark contrast between the rich and poor, both often living side-by-side. While there are several large slums and ‘chawls’, The city also houses the highest number of millionaires and billionaires in the country, making it the richest city by average estimates.
  • Central Park in Khargar, a region of the modern Navi Mumbai district, is believed to be the largest park in Asia, and the third largest in the world. As well as jogging tracks, botanical gardens and amphitheatres, the park also features fun fairs, cricket grounds, football grounds, water sports venues, and more.
  • It took six decades to merge the 7 islands of Bombay into one landmass, starting in 1784 and completed in 1845. Through enormous 19th century landfill projects, British engineers combined the seven islands around Bombay into one landmass. The city eventually became a crucial port, and one of the world’s largest cotton markets.
  • The metropolis is so densely populated that finding an empty space (or even privacy) is nearly impossible. Mumbai is one of the busiest, gridlocked, and highly populated cities on earth, and is the most cramped city on the planet – there is less space per person than in New York, Mexico City, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and yes, even Tokyo!
  • One thing that other people find incredible about this city is the Mumbaikars (Mumbai residents) themselves. They’ve survived days of collapsing infrastructure, floods and repeated terrorist attacks, only to return to work the next day. This is something rarely seen in most countries, and it continues to puzzle other people to this day.
  • Around 3,500 people die from train-related accidents each year in Mumbai alone – thats the equivalent of about 10 people per day! There are a number of factors – mainly, passengers falling or being pushed off carriages travelling too fast, or overcrowded, and people fatally injured whilst crossing railway tracks. There are pedestrian overpasses at every station, but many passengers chose to save a few minutes by crossing the tracks instead!
  • A network spanning over 465 kilometres, Mumbai’s trains carry almost 7 million passengers a day. The city’s railways also have one of the highest passenger densities in the world. During rush hours (that’s hours, not hour), each train carriage is rammed with around 500 people, yet they were only designed to carry 188 people. Thats roughly 14-16 people per square metre – double the recommended figure. The rail staff have coined a term for this phenomenon: Super-Dense Crush Load.
  • The Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is the largest park in the world (located within the limits of a city). Covering an area of 104 km2 (40 sq miles), this dense forested park is a protected area and is home 2,000 year-old Buddhist caves, two enormous lakes, a resident tiger population, and more. Other awesome creatures here include leopards, monkeys, deer, crocodiles and snakes. The park’s lush green forests even out Mumbai’s air pollution, which is why it’s known as the ‘lungs of the city’.
  • Authors Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) and Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) were born in Mumbai, as were Gregory David Roberts, Rohinton Mistry (contemporary writer), Homi Bhabha (founder of science research centres in India), and Persis Khambatta (first Indian woman to win international beauty pageants as well as Hollywood actor). The Kipling Bungalow, where the author was born, is one of the main attractions in the city for literature fans worldwide, it still stands on a campus at the JJ School of Art in Mumbai.
  • The famous century-old network of Dabbawalas is a lunchbox delivery system, unique only to Mumbai. Since most office-workers prefer home-cooked food, the network came up with a perfect solution: over 5000+ dabbawallas split into 200 teams of 25 people each, manage everything from pick-up to delivery, by themselves. The enormous complex network is so well maintained with a near-perfect success rate, that Forbes magazine has awarded the network with its highest rating, Sigma Six – a rating shared with corporate giants like General Electric and Motorola, which signifies less than one error per one million transactions.
  • When the port was claimed by the Portuguese Empire, they saw it as a natural water bay and as such, named it ‘Bom Bhaia’ which translates as ‘good bay’. In 1661, King Charles II of England married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza and as part of her dowry, Charles received the ports of Tangier and the Seven Islands of Bombay (which he leased to the British East India Company). For over 300 years the city was known as Bombay, until 1995 when the ruling regional political party Shiv Sena changed the name to Mumbai. They felt the name Bombay was a symbol of British colonialism, so in order to reflect the Maratha heritage and pay tribute to the local deity goddess Mubadevi, they settled upon the name of Mumbai. The Mumbadevi temple is situated in Bhuleshwar.

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