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27 Amazeballs Facts About Mumbai That You Legit Had No Idea About

The home to the world's most expensive house, as well as to Asia's most expensive slum.

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8. The erstwhile ‘Bombay’, which is actually a set of seven islands, was not part of the British Empire but was given as a dowry by the Portuguese when Princess Braganza married Charles II of England.

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11. The "Zero Mile of Mumbai" is recognized as the geographical center of the city. It consists of three landmarks, namely Flora Fountain at Hutatma Chowk, the Asiatic Society Library in the Fort area, and the GPO near the CST terminus.

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18. Forbes magazine awarded the Dabbawalah network with its highest rating, Sigma Six—a rating that is shared with corporate giants like General Electric and Motorola, and which signifies less than one error per one million transactions.

19. The Asiatic Society Library houses one of the two original manuscripts of The Divine Comedy by Dante, written in 14th century. Italian dictator, Mussolini, even attempted to have it returned to Italy for £1 million during his reign.

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22. The Juhu Aerodrome was the first airport of India, the Taj Mahal Hotel, founded in 1903, is India’s first five-star hotel and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is the first railway terminal in India.

23. Bombay was actually named by Portuguese explorer Francis Almeida after Bom Bahia, literally meaning ‘The Good Bay’. The present-day name ‘Mumbai’ is named after goddess Mumba Devi of the Koli community.

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