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Mumbai as a city derives its name from the popular Goddess Mumba Devi, who's Mandir is located in Bori Bunder.
The Dabbawallas of Mumbai, founded in 1890 are the best and most efficient food suppliers in the world, drawing the envy of institutions like FedEx.
Mumbai houses the first and most outdated electric rail system, established in 1925. Electricity is carried through a complex network of wires that run above the tracks.
Mumbai is the home of the Hindi Film Industry- Bollywood, which happens to be one of the largest domestic film industries in the world!
Nestled into the heart of Altamount Road, lies Antilla- a 27 storey wonder built by Indian Billionaire Mukesh Ambani for a whopping $1 Billion. The building, which is named after an island in the Atlantic is the most expensive piece of personal real estate in Asia.
In Dharavi, Mumbai houses the third largest slum in Asia, where approximately one million people live in a one-mile square radius. The area was formerly a Mangrove swamp.
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, located in the heart of Mumbai City, houses approximately 6300 species of flora and fauna. The park, which stretches across 104 square kilometers, separates the Western and Central parts of the city.
Mumbai is the seasonal home to a flamboyance of Flamingoes which appear on the Sewri-Mahul mudflats, which forms the eastern waterfront. The Flamingoes, who first appeared in the early 1990s, appear through the Mumbai winter, predominantly in the months of December, January and February.
The Mumbai Railways, which were the first railways in Asia carry approximately 6 million people everyday. That is larger than the population of Israel!
The Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), formerly known as the Victoria Terminus (VT), was the first railway station in India, running a train from Mumbai to Thane.
Approximately 3500 people in Mumbai die yearly due to illegal crossing of railway tracks. This act is usually taken with the intention to save time, and results in significant fatalities.
With more than 35,000 square meters of green area and 26,000 square meters for children to play in, The Central Park in Khargar, Navi Mumbai is the largest park in Asia and the third largest in the world.
Famous writers like Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling (author of the Jungle Book), Gregory David Roberts and Sulman Rushdie were all born in Mumbai.
The Taj Mahal Hotel, founded in 1903 by JRD Tata is India’s first five-star hotel. It is located at the feet of the Gateway of India in Colaba.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the controversial founding father of Pakistan, was born in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and lived in this city for most of his life. He attended the Gokal Das Tej Primary School before studying at the Cathedral and John Connon School.
In the Third Century BC, the Mumbai archipelago (which consists of seven islands), was a part of the Maurya Empire, being ruled by Asoka the Great. It was during his reign that the ancient Kanheri Caves were built in the mid-third century BC.
Mumbai is the birthplace of the Indian National Congress, where the first session was held from 28-31 December 1885. The Indian National Congress, now affably called the Congress Party, was the foundation political organization in our pursuit of independence from the British Colonial Masters.
The University of Mumbai, established in 1857, was one of the three oldest state universities to be opened in India. It is now one of the largest universities in the world, with respect to the number of students enrolled and colleges affiliated.
Gilbert Hill, in Andheri is a one of kind wonder in the world: it is a 200 ft monolith column of black basalt rock, and was formed when molten lava crept out of the earth, some 66 million years ago, and solidified. The only other structure like this in the world exists in Wyoming, USA.
The Hanging Gardens at Malabar Hill was built over three reservoirs which can store up to 300 lakh gallons of water. Since the gardens were set up on the slope of a hill, they were named as the Hanging Gardens. Situated over the city's main reservoir, they were built in the early 1880's. People say that the Hanging Garden was set up with the aim of covering and protecting the water of the reservoir from the polluting activities of the Towers of Silence, situated nearby.
When travelling towards Mumbai from the highway, we see a notable 35 km milestone on the outskirts of the city. Ever wondered where the 0 km milestone exists? Flora Fountain, built in 1864 to depict the Roman Goddess Flora, is the 0 km milestone for the city of Mumbai.
A great plague struck Mumbai in 1692. This was the first of the series of severe plagues that were to hit the city. It reduced the English population on the island from 800 to 80 and left 10,000 of the native population dead.
The first physician doctor to reside in the city of Mumbai was a man named Dr. Garcia d’Orta, a Portuguese man to whom an annual stipend of 85 Pounds was given.