The commercial capital of India, Mumbai needs no introduction when it comes to glamour and nightlife. Mumbai is known as a city that never sleeps like literally! A true Mumbaikar will boast of his/her knowledge of the city. But here are some unknown facts about the city that are surely going to amaze you. It doesn’t matter if you are a local or not, these facts about the city of entertainment should be known and shared with others. After all, sharing is caring and there cannot be a better thing to share than sharing some knowledge.
Mumbai was once an archipelago of 7 islands
During the British empire in India, Mumbai was an archipelago i.e. group of islands, 7 to be exact that comprised of Isle of Bombay, Mahim, Mazagaon, Colaba, Old Woman’s Island (Little Colaba), Parel and Worli. It took almost 60 years to unite Bombay into a single land mass. Shocking right?
Bombay was renamed to Mumbai, but why?
Now you might know that Bombay was renamed to Mumbai, but we bet that you don’t know the reason behind it right? Before British, Mumbai fell in the hands of Portuguese who saw the city as a natural water bay and named it “Bom Bhaia”. Later on, when Princess Braganza was married off to Charles II of England, Bombay was given as a dowry to England. The name Bombay was changed to Mumbai officially in 1995 when Shiv Sena decided to end the legacy of British colonialism and pay tribute to the local goddess Mumbadevi.
Mumbai has the best food suppliers in the world
Dabbawallas, a century-old food delivery system are the best food suppliers in the world. Riding on the bicycles, these Dabbawallas carry and drop food from their client to the customer without efficiently. Roughly around 200,000 Dabbas (Tiffins) are delivered daily by 5,000 Dabbawallas! Amazing right? No, there is more. Interestingly, every Dabbawala is an owner and earns an equal share in the profit! They are famous to the extent that their business model is studied by MBA students at Harvard as a case study.
The first ever five-star hotel in India was built in Mumbai
Believe it or not, but the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai was the first ever 5-Star Hotel built in India. Thanks to the courtesy of Jamshedji Tata, the founder of the Taj Mahal Hotel, we get to see and experience the hospitality of this iconic hotel near the Gateway of India.
Mumbai is home to India’s biggest theme park
Located near Khopoli on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, Adlabs Imagica is India’s biggest theme park. The entertainment park spread over an area of 300 acres is no doubt a big site to enjoy a fun time with family.