Mumbai is the capital of the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, formally Bombay, and is the most populous city in India (with an estimated 20 million people!). Mumbai is home to Bollywood – one of the largest centres of film production in the world – and is the main commercial and economic hub in the country.
Living in Mumbai can be a shock to expatriates. There are many poor areas but also a number of more upmarket and expensive areas, providing nice amenities such as great restaurants and bars, but the house prices in these areas can be closely compared to cities such as New York!
The cultural differences can be a shock too, especially for many Western expats moving over. Many experienced Mumbai expatriates suggest doing your homework on the city, the people and the culture before moving over – it’s very crowded and noisy, often polluted and at peak times of the year it is incredibly hot!
5 Facts About Living In Mumbai
- Mumbai is home to almost 18.5 million people. Scientists project that this will increase to 28 million by the year 2020.
- Trains in Mumbai carry over 6 million each and every day – at peak times trains are known to carry up to three times their intended ‘hold load’. They call it the Super Dense Crush Load.
- Bombay was renamed ‘Mumbai’ (after an ancient Godess) in the twentieth century after it was given independence from Britain.
- Walking is often quicker than driving as traffic in the city is so congested. To ease this congestion, a new eight lane bridge is being built that will take traffic four kilometers over the sea!
- Every year, sometime between mid August and mid September, there is a 10 day Hindu festival called the Ganesh Chathurti, which brings millions of people to the streets of Mumbai.