Despite the chaos and perplexity, Mumbai, also known as Bombay, one of the most crowded places in the world with over 20 million metropolitan population, gives you a unique experience of relaxing and vibrant atmosphere. As the largest commercial and financial center of India, Mumbai offers a smooth blend of modernity and rich traditions. It is the very place where rich and poor, religious and non-religious, fashionable and traditional live together peacefully and respectfully. About 6 million tourists per year travel to this city for various reasons, most importantly the historic landmarks, spectacular nature, rich culture, and exclusive festivals, not to mention the food.
Mumbai inhabited by Koli fishermen was seized by Portuguese in 1534 and handed to the English in the early 17th century until it gained independence in 1947. Portuguese called the city ‘Bom Bahia’ which means ‘the good bay’. The booming of the cotton trade and opening of the Suez Canal made the city a key port and commercial hub of India.
Mumbai, as the principal port on the southwestern coast of India, is surrounded on three sides by the Arabian sea and one side by Ulhas river, which is the main cause of seasonal floods. The metropolitan area consists of two main districts: Mumbai city district and a relatively larger one, Mumbai suburban district. Millions of people transit between these areas during the day for work and other purposes.
The extensive Suburban Rail Network, also famously known as “locals”, with three main lines takes you to every corner of the metropolitan area, especially the main international airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, as well as key tourist locations. It is worth mentioning that there is a cheap second-class ticket and a slightly more expensive first-class one. However, the former is not advised due to the overwhelming congestion instigated by daily local commuters particularly during rush hours; 8:30 to 10:30 am and 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
Getting around the city, despite the heavy traffic, can not be easier by taking ubiquitous yellow-and-black taxis, which are small but cheap, as well as three-wheelers, called “rickshaw”, which are not as safe and also limited to enter certain areas including downtown. It is highly alerted to ask for a meter-based ride to avoid any scam.
- Are Mumbai and Bombay the same city?
Before 1995, Mumbai was known as Bombay, and in fact these two names are one city.
- Are Mumbai local trains running?
Mumbai trains continue to operate and only changes in their passenger reception capacity have been made.
- Are Mumbai lakes full?
Due to the recent heavy rains, the two major lakes of Mumbai, Tulsi and Vihar, are completely full and the ecosystem around them looks great.
- Are Mumbai slums safe?
Dharavi is better than other slums, But in the other case, you see a much worse situation. Obviously, there is pick pocketing and poverty in this neighborhood, but you should note that respect is a law here and you will not be allowed to photograph people without their permission.
- Can The city police be trusted?
There are various narrations in this regard, but some locals believe that the Mumbai police are biased in their investigation and do not always take the side of truth. However, we recommend that you in this city be 100% law abiding and do not create a legal problem for yourself.
- Can Mumbai be hit by tsunami?
According to research, this city is not at risk of any tsunami and we have only three active faults in the onshore part of the city that could pose an earthquake risk.
- Does Mumbai smell?
Unfortunately, you will not see very pleasant scenes in the streets of this city, and parts of it smell unpleasant. Of course, if you go to the affluent parts of the city, there is no more unpleasant odor and we have better conditions.
- Does Mumbai have metro?
Yes, the city has several metro lines, but these days, you need to be more careful in crowded environments.