The nerve centre of India, Mumbai is also known as the city that never sleeps.
Its a city where slums and glistening skyscrapers coexist in perfect harmony; where billionaires ditch their luxury sedans for black and yellows and where dreams are made.
Here are a few facts about Bombay/Mumbai you probably didn't know.
1. Mumbai is a city comprising of seven Islands
The seven islands of Bombay were sixteenth century Portuguese territories lying off the west coast of India. The Islands were handed over to England under this title as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza, married to Charles II in 1661. It took 60 years to merge the seven islands of Bombay into one landmass between 1784 and 1845.
2. Mumbai is the 8th most populated City in the World.
Wherever you go in the city, you see people. It only falls behind Shanghai, Karachi, Beijing, Delhi, Lagos, Istanbul and Guangzhou (In that order). The city's population according to the 2001 census is 11.98 million.
3. Mumbai has the most number of malls in India-52.
And they say Delhi has more malls. Woah? Read this guys!
4. Bombay Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) was India’s first bus service. It was started in 1905.
5. India's first train was also started in Mumbai in the year 1863.
6. Mumbai's Juhu Aerodrome was the first airport in India founded in 1928.
Its like civilization began in this city.
7. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the 3rd best international airport in the world.
Wohoo. Feel So Proud To Be a Mumbaikar now, eh?
8. The City is also home to India's first 5 star hotel- The Taj Mahal Hotel Founded in 1903.
9. It Is the Only city In India to have Skywalks.
Even B'lore also known as India's silicon valley hasn't matched this.
10. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station was India's First Railway station.
Its the city of firsts.
11. The famous Indistrialist from Mumbai, Mr. Jamshedji Tata was the first Indian to own a car.
12. Mumbai singlehandedly accounts for 40% of international cargo, 38% of international air passenger traffic, 26% of domestic traffic and 25% of domestic air passenger traffic of the whole country.
13. Mumbai's literacy rate is 85.6% (female: 82.7%, male: 90%) compared with India's overall literacy of 65.4%.
14. The Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill was built over three reservoirs which can store up to 300 lakh gallons of water
15. The name Bombay was derived from Bom Bahia (The Good Bay), a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508
16. India’s first cricket club, Orient, was founded in Bombay in 1848.
Ps. It wasn't the one in Lagaan!
17. The wooden pole in the centre of the Banganga Tank in Mumbai signifies the centre of the earth. Legend has it that Lord Ram created the tank by piercing the earth with his arrow.
18. Mumbai is home to the legendary Dabbawalas.
The famed dabbawallas of Mumbai are famous worldwide because of their efficiency, with Forbes giving them the six-sigma rating, which means that they make about one error in six million transactions. Dabbawallas are an unique Mumbai institution feted by the high and mighty like Prince Charles.
19. Mumbai is home to Dharavi- Arguably one of the the largest slums in the world.
Spread over 535 acres, Dharavi is one of the largest slums in the world and has a population of approximately 1 million. The slum has around 5000 businesses and 15 thousand single room factories. The goods manufactured here are exported throughout the world.
20. The Local Trains
The Mumbai suburban trains or locals, the lifeline of the city carry more than 7.2 million commuters’ everyday, which is more than the total population of Israel.
22. Mumbai Is On Its Way To Becoming India's First 24/7 City!
GOOD News is CM has accepted my proposal of nightlife and assured me tht necessary amendments to laws by March/August Session (sic)," says, Aditya Thackeray.
The young politician's proposal has already been cleared by the city police.
The plan for an open-all-night Mumbai was prepped two years ago by the city's corporation, which is controlled by Mr Thackeray's party.
He had earlier tweeted to say that "non-residential areas like Kala Ghoda, Nariman Point can be Special Entertainment Zones at night."
Hope you liked this one and will pass it on to all fellow Mumbaikars!