Mumbai – ” City of Dreams”, my birthplace. A city that welcomes anyone and everyone with open arms. The city has its own charm and beauty. A city that never sleeps. One can see the best nightlife here, would highly recommend exploring.
Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and the busiest city in the country.
Aren’t you excited to know more interesting facts about my favorite city Mumbai? Here we go…
THE NAME MUMBAI WAS DERIVED FROM MUMBA DEVI AND BOMBAY FROM…
From Bom Bahia, literally which means ‘The Good Bay’. Bombay was actually named by Portuguese explorer Francis Almeida. The present-day name ‘Mumbai’ is as after goddess Mumba Devi of the Koli community.
‘SUPER DENSE CRUSH LOAD’- AN OFFICIAL TERM TO DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENS DURING RUSH HOUR IN MUMBAI
Mumbai trains were designed to carry 1700 passengers. But they often carry 3 times that number, leading to such notorious crowding that railways have given peak hours a special name: the ‘Super Dense Crush Load’. Woahh…we have the nerve to get in the crowded trains! Go Mumbaikars..!!
THE NAMES OF PLACES IN MUMBAI ARE LARGELY VERY IRONIC!
The Churchgate railway station in Mumbai neither has a gate nor a church. Different places that have ironic names are; Victoria Terminus – where Queen Victoria never resided, Mahalaxmi Temple – located in haji Ali, Lohar Chawl – has no iron-smiths in the vicinity, Breach Candy – Where there’s a hospital but no candies, Bhendi Bazaar area – That has nothing to try and do with bhindis (okra)!
The world’s Largest Slum is Here!
Mumbai is so demanding that even the slums here are considered to be the largest and most expensive in India. To build a house in Dharavi may price more than a whopping 3 lakhs!
Home to India’s First Car Owner!
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, India’s apex business tycoon and founder of the Tata Group, was the first person to own a car in India in 1901.
Antilia – World’s most expensive house is in Mumbai!
Since Mumbai houses the wealthiest people in the country, it’s not surprising that it also has the world’s most expensive house – Antilia. This house belongs to the entrepreneur Mukesh Ambani, founder of the Reliance Group. I could have a view of this expensive house from my window..!! A proud Sobo girl. 😛
Mumbai is an amalgamation of seven islands
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. Were you aware you were staying on an island? It took 60 years to merge the seven islands of Mumbai into one landmass between 1784 and 1845.
Mumbai’s Juhu Aerodrome was the first airport in India
The Juhu Aerodrome in Mumbai, founded in 1928, was the first airport in India. Currently, the city’s international airport, ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’, is known to be the third-best international airport in India.
One of the renowned authors, Salman Rushdie, once quoted-
“YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY FROM BOMBAY; YOU CAN’T TAKE BOMBAY OUT OF THE BOY.”
What’s stopping you to explore this city, soak yourself in this beautiful city and experience the spirit of Mumbaikars. Enjoy lip-smacking street food. Some of the very popular street foods here are vada pav, missal pav, panipuri, keema pav, sandwiches, etc. You’ll love them all.
So See You In Mumbai..!!