Mumbai should be visited once by every tourist while traveling to India. This is one of the largest and major cities of India and also be known as the city that never sleeps. Here are facts about Mumbai that you cannot skip.
1. Name of the city
Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay, Bombay was given to the British as dowry when a Portuguese princess married an English prince. Mumbai was named after patron goddess of the earliest known inhabitants of Mumbai - Mumba Devi, the Koli fishing folk.
It’s also meaning "mother" in the Marathi language, which is the mother tongue of the Koli people and the official language of Maharashtra. However, other sources disagree that Mumbai's name was derived from the goddess Mumba.
(according to Wikipedia)
Mumbai was formed from 7 separate Islands. A land reclamation project was undertaken in early 1800’s, and a single land mass resulted from the efforts. That single piece of land is now known as Mumbai or Bombay.
Although now connected, the islands that formed ‘Bombay’ are Isle of Bombay, Colaba, Old Woman's Island (Little Colaba), Mahim, Mazagaon, Parel and Worli. It took over 5 centuries to unite them together to form an emotion called ‘Bombay’. These were famous fishing centers and some of these communities are still active.
3. The city that never sleep
A lot of people know that the city of Mumbai never sleeps. The people of Mumbai works the maximum number of hours per year in the world.
Mumbai may work the hardest in the world, but the city is also known to party harder, when bars and nightclubs decide to shut shop for the night, the revelry simply moves onto the streets. No matter what you like or what your taste in music is like, you say it and you have it all.
4. The world’s tallest residential building
World One is a supertall residential skyscraper on hold in Mumbai, India. Due to the sheer size of the population in Mumbai and scarcity of space, the city has ventured out to expand vertically. World One Tower by the Lodha Group is going to become the tallest residential building in the world with a height of 1450 ft.
5. The national park in the middle of the city
A 104-square-kilometer park within a metropolitan area, dividing the western and central suburbs, forcing millions of people who travel between them, to go around the park.
The awesome creatures here include Leopard, Chital, Chinkaras, Nilgais, Bengal Fox, Black-faced Langurs, Hyenas, and many others. Mumbai is the only city in the world to have a fully functioning national park with freely roaming large carnivores, within city limits.
6. Overpacking international mail
India’s postal service has an unbelievable system that ensures consumer’s items are packaged so securely that the goods can survive an asteroid attack.
Apart from filling out customs forms, the process involves visiting a "package specialist" at certain major post offices in the city, a man who sews your parcel in a cloth sack, sometimes sealing it with a wax stamp. The entire process could take more than an hour.
Of course, you have to pay more to use a courier service if you don’t have the time and want to skip the whole medieval process.
7. World’s most expensive house
Antilia, owned by Mukesh Ambani, is cited as the world’s most expensive house, valued over $1-2 billion. It is considered by some to be the tallest single-family house in the world. Because it includes space for a staff of 600, others reserve that honor for a house meant to be occupied only by a single family
8. The craziest number of trains and passengers in Mumbai
Every day in Mumbai, more than 200 trains make over 2,000 trips along 300 kilometers of track.
Mumbai’s trains alone carry six million people per day—equivalent to the entire population of Israel.
The trains in Mumbai are extremely safe—the city has one of the best safety records in all of India. On the Western line, not a single crash has occurred in living memory.
Mumbai trains carry 200,000 custom-made lunches every day, delivered around the city by 5,000 white-garbed couriers called dabbahwallahs. Perhaps the world’s only large-scale delivery system that works without any documents, most dabbahwallahs can’t read and instead use an efficient coding system of colours, numbers, and letters.
(according to National Geographic)
The best way experience Mumbai's high-spirited attitude bundled with an overriding fervor is to prepare your eVisa for India and exploring for yourself. Maybe you will find some interest facts by yourself in India too.
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