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Unknown facts about Mumbai

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Planning a trip to Mumbai this winter? Think you know all about Maximum City? We bet you didn't know these unknown facts about Mumbai. Some of them will definitely leave you surprised.

1. Home to Mumbaikars… and flamingos!

Did you know that flamingos first marked their presence in the mudflats of Sewri, Mumbai, in the 1990s? Apparently, in the 1980s and 1990s, the garbage and polluted water that seeped into Sewri gave rise to algal blooms. Flamingos thrive on algae! They chanced upon this muddy, food-rich environment in the early 1990s. Since then about 15,000-20,000 lesser flamingos have been flocking here between November and June every year.

Photo of Flamingos (by Manoj Nair)

2. Israel’s entire population could fit in the Mumbai locals

Ever thought that the traffic on local trains could beat the population of a country? Well! In the case of Mumbai, it’s true. The lifeline of the city, the local trains, carry more than 7 million passengers daily, which is more than the entire population of Israel.

Photo of Mumbai local train (by Unlisted Sightings)

3. Where Bombay duck is not a duck

“Bombay duck” is not a duck at all but a fish. An acquired taste, Bombay duck or Bombil is quite a favourite with the locals.

Photo of Bombay Duck (by Charles Haynes)

4.Mumbai’s connection to Hindu mythology

This is one the unknown facts about Mumbai that will have many surprised. It is said that Bangana Tank , a serene pool near Malabar Hill, was created by Lord Ram by shooting an arrow (ban) into the ground.

Photo of Bangana Tank (by Oknitop)

5. A misspelled bazaar

Located near Chor Bazaar, “Bhendi Bazaar” in Mumbai has an interesting story behind its name. This bazaar near Crawford Market was referred to as the area “behind the bazaar” by the British. Later, locals started referring to this market with the misnomer “Bhendi Bazaar”.

Photo of Bhendi Bazaar (by Dell’s Pics)

6. A national park bang in the middle of a city

Mumbai is the only city in the world where leopards roam free within city limits! The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which divides the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai, is home to leopards, crocodiles, monkeys and deer.

Photo of a leopard at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (by Maheshshinde)

7. A city received in dowry

Mumbai, formerly known as “Bombay”, was given away as dowry by the Portuguese to the English in 1661 when the Princess of Portugal, Catherine de Braganza, married King Charles II of England.

Photo of Mumbai (by Cididity Hat)

8. A merger that took years

One of the unknown facts about Mumbai is that it was originally an archipelago comprising seven islands. These were merged over time by land reclamations and causeways into one landmass.

Photo of ariel view of Mumbai (from NASA)

9.From double decker buses to double decker flyovers

India’s first double decker flyover is to be found in Mumbai. This 7 km long arterial road connects Santa Cruz with Chembur and around 80,000 vehicles ply on this flyover everyday.

10.Tallest ATC tower in the country

India’s tallest air traffic control (ATC) tower is at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. This 83.8 m tall structure was built at a cost of INR 125 crore. It has the capacity to handle upto 46 flight operations per hour.

Photo of ATC Tower (by Yatrik Sheth)

We hope that the above list of unknown facts about Mumbai will make you travel to this charming city!

By next year, ATC Tower at Delhi Airport will be the highest ATC Tower in the country. This under construction tower has already crossed the height of 90 meters (Proposed Height 102 meters). In peak hours, Delhi's Air Traffic Controllers handle upto 72 flight operations per hour.
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