Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra and the most populous city in India. It is home to a whopping 20.5 million people and is located on the West Coast of India. The city produces about 5 % of India's GDP and is the wealthiest city in South, West and Central Asia. This fact is further enhanced by the deep natural harbor that makes the country a major shipping route for the huge country. Below are a few cool facts about Mumbai that you probably did not know about.

5 cool facts about Mumbai
5 cool facts about Mumbai

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra and the most populous city in India. It is home to a whopping 20.5 million people and is located on the West Coast of India. The city produces about 5 % of India's GDP and is the wealthiest city in South, West and Central Asia. This fact is further enhanced by the deep natural harbor that makes the country a major shipping route for the huge country. Below are a few cool facts about Mumbai that you probably did not know about.

I. It is a Transport Hub

Perhaps to demonstrate how extensive Mumbai's logistical infrastructure is, check out the list below:

1. Mumbai Suburban Railway
2. Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses
3. Mumbai Suburban Railway
4. Central Railway (CR) headquartered at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
5. Western Railway (WR) headquartered at Churchgate
6. The Mumbai Monorail and Mumbai Metro
7. National Highway 3, National Highway 4, National Highway 8, National Highway 17 and National Highway 222 of India's National Highways system
8. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (40 million passengers annually)
9. Navi Mumbai International Airport
10. Juhu Aerodrome
11. Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

That list is a roundup of the entire major transport infrastructure. I guess now you can see why Mumbai is such a huge city.

II. Built on a Group of Seven Islands

Mumbai is constructed on a landmass that was once a group of 7 islands which merged in a period of six decades starting circa 1784 AD. Today, it is a singular landmass.

III. Mumbai was paid as a Dowry

Back in 1661, the Portuguese were the rulers of the city. However, upon marriage between King Charles II of England and Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal, the Portuguese handed over the city of Bombay to England.

IV. Bombay Comes from Bom bahia

The city was formerly known as Bom bahia whic means good bay in Portuguese. The city was known as Bombay for the entire period it was under the English rule.

V. The Zero Mile of Mumbai

The 'Zero Mile of Mumbai' is recognized as the geographical center of the city. It consists of 3 regions, namely; Flora Fountain at Hutatma Chowk, the Asiatic Society Library in the Fort area and the GPO near the CST terminus.

Most analysts see India as the future super power...and this is not a farfetched idea. The country is home to about 1.1 billion people. Anybody that wants to move with future must seek to understand this Asian subcontinent. The best place to start to do this is in the City of Mumbai

 


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