With a rich and complex history and culture, Mumbai is a city full of things to explore. Here are ten facts about the city of dreams you might not know.
The largest park in the world is located in this city
Covering an area of 104 square kilometers, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is the largest park in the world within the city limits. This jungle park is home to a species of tigers, a 2000-year-old Buddhist cave, two large lakes and more! The greenery here partly helps to reduce the pollution of the city of Mumbai, which is why it is called the lung of the city.
That is when a standard train is to carry 200 people but has to carry 500 people or when there are about 16 people squeezing each other per square meter.
Impressive train network
Mumbai’s impressive local train network welcomes around 6 million passengers a day – the equivalent of the entire population of Israel! In addition, trains on the city’s West and Central lines make more than 2,000 trips along the 300 km, carrying more passengers per kilometer than any other railway network on earth.
India’s first 5-star hotel
The Taj Mahal in Colaba is India’s first 5-star hotel. Established in 1903, this hotel is the first in India to have electricity, Turkish baths and German elevators, among others. It also houses India’s first all-day restaurant, as well as the country’s first discotheque.
The largest park in Asia
The Central Park in Khargar, Navi Mumbai is said to be the largest park in Asia and the third largest in the world. While some parts of the park are still under construction, some have been completed including theme parks, jogging tracks, water sports, cricket and soccer fields, botanical gardens and theaters, and many more.