Thursday, 12 October 2017

50 Cities of the World #28 Bombay

Lets get our bags ready and visit an other City of the World.

Today we go to Bombay.

And yes, that is a name no longer in use, since 1995 the city is known as Mumbai. Around here we call it both ways and we all get it. It's in India.

You can see a large street in the card picture with few people around. But I cannot picture India with so few people and so large streets.

Accordingly with Wikipedia Bombay "It is the most populous city in India with an estimated city population of 18.4 million".

So...can you picture that!?

Here in Portugal we go between 10/11 million people in the whole country!

This are numbers I cannot imagine...

The card back talks about where the city is located, to the SE end of the island giving the city a terrific spot to have a crowded harbour.

Accordingly with Wiki again, the city is like a group of "seven islands" and you know, if you get ships coming and going with trade business is only normal that the city "has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India". I bet all these millionaires and billionaires have their richness came from other businesses, but maybe the harbour was a great start to it. Including getting those trade lines with West Europe long time ago.

The Bombay city has such a rich history that I'd be here writing a huge post before I could talk about all things.

So I leave you with a link to a specific part of the city's history that are connected to Portugal: History of Bombay under Portuguese rule (1534–1661)

You can also check the city wiki page here


  1. 18.4 million? There's around 7 million people living in the Bay Area (which covers 9 counties and over 100 cities) and it seems way too crowded. Can't imagine 18.4 million in one city.

    1. I don't know if you watched the famous Slumdog Millionaire from 2008. That was a good image of how crowded it can be (and the film did show some crud images but it also made it acceptable to western countries..)

      India is huge!