25 Eye-Opening Facts about Mumbai That You Must Know

25 Eye-Opening Facts about Mumbai That You Must Know

Dive into the dynamic city of dreams with 25 intriguing Mumbai facts that unveil the spirit, diversity, and resilience of India’s financial and entertainment capital. From the pulsating energy of Bollywood to the serene shores of Marine Drive, Mumbai is a tapestry woven with dreams, contrasts, and a dash of chaos. Join us on a virtual tour as we unravel the history of the Gateway of India, decode the dabbawala mystery, and explore the city’s fusion of tradition and modernity. Fasten your seatbelts for a ride through the captivating tales of Maximum City!

1-5 Fun Facts About Mumbai

25 Eye-Opening Facts about Mumbai That You Must Know

1. Mumbai, initially composed of seven islands, underwent land reclamation in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, resulting in the amalgamation of these islands to form the present-day city. The metropolis encompasses smaller islands like Elephanta Island, Butcher Island, and Oyster Rock, among others.

2. With a population of 12.5 million (metropolitan 22 million), Greater Mumbai ranks as the 8th largest metropolitan area globally, comparable in size to Dhaka (Bangladesh) or Beijing (China).

3. The city’s name, Mumbai, is derived from the patron goddess Mumba Devi, worshipped by the Kolis, the city’s original inhabitants.

4. The Portuguese initially called it “Bom baía” (meaning “good bay”), a term later anglicized to “Bombay” by the British during their 17th-century rule. The name officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.

5. Mumbai stands tall as India’s Financial, Commercial, and Entertainment capital. 

6-10 Interesting Facts About Mumbai

6. The term “Bollywood” doesn’t point to a physical place but rather encompasses Mumbai’s film industry, and Film City (Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari) often serves as its cinematic backdrop.

7. Mumbai has its own version of the Walk of Fame – the Walk of the Stars, gracing the Band Stand Promenade in the suburb of Bandra.

8. But if you’re in the mood for a stunning coastal view, Marine Drive, fondly known as the “Queen’s Necklace,” awaits. Palm trees, cricket clubs, fancy hotels, and Art Deco homes line this iconic esplanade.

9. The city boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, reflecting its rich cultural and historical significance. 

10. It is home to Dharavi, often regarded as the world’s largest slum, and accommodates approximately 1 million people in a densely populated area of 2.39 km2 (0.92 mi2).

11-15 Surprising Facts About Mumbai

11. Contrasting Dharavi, Mumbai is also home to the world’s most expensive private residence – Antilia. Owned by Mukesh Ambani, the 27-story skyscraper boasts opulence with a 168-car garage, high-speed elevators, a spa, a 50-seat theater, a snow room, and a ballroom. Valued at a jaw-dropping USD 1 to 2 billion, it graces Altamount Road, aptly dubbed “Billionaires’ Row.”

12. Mumbai boasts a wealthy population, with 60,600 millionaires, 243 centi-millionaires, and 30 billionaires, ranking it as the 8th city globally with the highest number of billionaires.

13. Mumbai stands as India’s largest economy and the 18th largest in the world, contributing 6.1% to the country’s GDP, comparable to the economies of Chongqing (China) or Singapore.

14. Mumbai serves as a significant financial hub, hosting the National Stock Exchange of India, Bombay Stock Exchange, and the Reserve Bank of India.

15. The renowned author Rudyard Kipling, Nobel Laureate and creator of “The Jungle Book,” was born in Mumbai in 1865.

16-20 Amazing Facts About Mumbai

25 Eye-Opening Facts about Mumbai That You Must Know

16. Cricket isn’t just a sport in Mumbai; it’s a way of life. Home to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the city boasts iconic cricket grounds like Wankhede Stadium and Brabourne Stadium.

17. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, and Sunil Gavaskar, among others, trace their cricketing roots back to the city.

18. Salman Rushdie, a celebrated writer, was born in Mumbai, known for his novel “Midnight’s Children.” He faced a fatwa (death warrant) from Iran and, in 2022, was stabbed onstage.

19. In the realm of safety, Mumbai scores a 45 on the Crime Index, akin to Denver or Brooklyn, and surprisingly safer than cities like Beirut, Milan, or Seattle. The city has quirky crime stories, like force-feeding bananas to a thief to retrieve a gold chain, add an eccentric twist.

20. The city’s resilience shines through individuals like Dadarao Bilhore. Grieving the loss of his son in a road accident caused by a pothole, Dadarao took it upon himself to fill potholes in Mumbai since 2015, using sand, gravel, and cement from construction sites. He has filled 1450 potholes to date.

21-25 Insane Facts About Mumbai

25 Eye-Opening Facts about Mumbai That You Must Know

21. In 2017, A company in Mumbai was caught illegally dumping waste in the Mumbai River when the waste turned local stray dogs blue.

22. Mumbai stands as the only city globally with a fully functioning national park hosting freely roaming large carnivores within city limits.

23. The world’s largest passenger elevator, spanning 278 square feet and accommodating 235 passengers, is located in Mumbai.

24. The Dabbawalas of Mumbai, a workforce established in 1890, efficiently deliver 200,000 tiffin boxes daily to workers, using a color-coded/symbol system designed for the illiterate. This system minimizes errors and has proven remarkably effective.

25. Unfortunately, Mumbai witnesses a sobering statistic of 8-10 average daily deaths on its railroad tracks, emphasizing the challenges and risks associated with its extensive rail network.

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