20 Interesting Facts About Mumbai

Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay is the commercial capital of India. The city is referred to as the city that never sleeps and renowned author Salman Rushdie once quoted- “You can take the boy from Bombay; You can’t take Bombay out of the boy.” Let’s explore some interesting facts about this millennium city:mumbai

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1. Mumbai was named after a temple’s name

Mumba Devi Temple
Mumba Devi Temple, Bhuleshwar, Mumbai

Mumbai got its name from a popular goddess temple- Mumba Devi Mandir, which is situated at Bori Bunde in Mumbai.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Firoze Shakir

2. Best food suppliers in the world!

Dabbawallas loading their vehicle with dabbas (old picture)
Dabbawala loading his bicycle with dabbas

Having bicycles, thela (kind of rikshaw often use to shift goods in India) as their conveyance, the Dabbahwallas carry-out and drop food from their client’s kitchen/home in a lunch box to the customer’s work place efficiently. They have been doing it since 1890 everyday at a very punctual rate. Around 200,000 dabbas (tiffins) are delivered each day by 5,000 Dabbawalas!
The more interesting fact is that no dabbawala is an employee, he is the owner! Every Dabbawala has got equal share. Their business model is studied by MBA students under case studies to take some ideas how they work so efficiently.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

3. First train in India!


On 16 April 1853, Bombay (now Mumbai) witnessed first train movement in India. With 14 carriages & 400 passengers left Bori Bunder (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal) for Thane in Maharashtra. Bombay (now Mumbai) also witnessed India’s 1st rail bridge.
source: indiatoday.intoday.in, image: thehindu.com

4. Imagica is India’s most colossal theme park

Adlabs Imagica
Adlabs Imagica, Khopoli, Mahrashtra

Imagica located near Khopoli on the Mumbai-Pune highway is India’s biggest theme park spread over an area of 300 acres.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Indiapost


5. Mumbai was an Island before

Mumbai made with 7 islands

Yes! Mumbai was a name denoted to 7 closely located islands which were Portuguese territories till 16th century. In 1961, Portuguese gave England these 7 islands as dowry in Catherine of Braganza & Charles II marriage. Around 60 years (1784-1845) were taken to combine these 7 islands into a coastal city.
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6. Entertainment capital of India

mumbai-entertainment-capital-of-indiaOften called as Bollywood, Mumbai is the hub of Hindi film industry in India.
source: wikipedia, image: mumbaiwalkingtours.com

7. World’s most expensive house is in Mumbai

Ambani's House in Mumbai - Antilia
Antilia, Ambani’s house in Mumbai

Antilia, named after an island in Atlantic is a 27 storey wonder house owned by business tycoon and India’s richest person Mukesh Ambani. Its current price is around 1 billion.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

8. Mumbai sea link is an architectural-wonder

Bandra–Worli Sea Link
Bandra–Worli Sea Link

Mumbai sea link, officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link has length of around 5.6 kms, it is an architectural-wonder as it was made with 90,000 tonnes of cement and steel wire comparable to the girth of the earth.
Source, Image: Wikipedia


9. World’s largest slum is here!

Slum of Dharavi, MumbaiMumbai is so demanding that even the slums here are considered to be the largest and most expensive in India.
Source: therichest.com, Image: Flickr

10. India’s 1st car owner lived here!

Jamsedhji Nusserwanji Tata
Jamsedhji Nusserwanji Tata

Jamsedhji Nusserwanji Tata, India’s apex business tycoon and founder of the Tata Group was the 1st person to own a car in India in 1901.
Source: Wikipedia

11. National park is in the heart of this city

Usually wildlife parks are made on the countryside but Sanjay Gandhi National Park is located in the heart of Mumbai. Dividing western and central part of the city, this park covers around 104 sq km area with the variety of around 6300 species.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

12. Lethal railway network

Mumbai Local Train
A view of Mumbai local train

As a combination of over population, rush-hours, outdated local railway system and lack of alternatives, Mumbai suffers a huge amount of overload-rail victims.
Image: travelandleisureasia.com

13. Biggest street festival in India!

Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in Mumbai
Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in Mumbai

Ganesh Chaturthi is the most popular 10 day festival in Mumbai which brings the whole city on street.
source: wikipedia

14. Mayor of Mumbai has almost no power

You have no power here

Although mayor is considered to be the guardian of any city but here in Mumbai all authority comes under the CM of Maharashtra.
Image: hindustantimes.com

15. Lack of Toilets!


The dirty fact about Mumbai is that the city is facing a big shortage of toilets. This leads to not only inconvenience but also to unhygienic conditions.
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

16. Flamingos migrate here every winter

Flamingos migrated at Sewri, Harbour
Flamingos migrated at Sewri, Harbour

Flamingos are a pink coloured large birds having long neck usually migrate from Afro-Eurasia parts to Mumbai between October to March.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

17. Gilbert Hill is a piece of rarity

Gilbert Hill, Mumbai
Gilbert Hill, Mumbai

Located in the Andheri West, Gilbert Hill is a 200 ft hill of black basalt rock built around 66 million years ago. It’s unique because only US has a hill made of similar composition.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

18. A women built the Pune-Mumai railway line

Way back in 1863, Alice Tredwell, wife of Solomon Tredwell built the railway line from Mumbai to Pune.
Source: mumbaiproperties.com

19. The famous Jungle Book author was born in this city

One of the best sellers book ever “The Jungle Book” author Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling was born here (Bombay, British India) in 1865.
Source: Wikipedia

20. Junior magistrate’s home was the 1st post office in Mumbai

Sounds strange, but it’s a fact that 1st post office in Mumbai was opened at the junior magistrate’s home in 1832.
Source: mumbaiwalkingtours.com