"The thing about Mumbai is you go five yards and all of human existence is revealed." - Julian Sands Mumbai is a city known for its extreme and eclectic mix of lifestyles. It's home to the epicenter of India's film industry and the world's most expensive home but also contains some of Asia's largest slums. Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and the commercial capital of India.
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India's second most populous city, home to 20 million, is also one of the densest in the world. Each day the trains carry six million people on 2,000 trips over 186 miles of track, the most passengers per mile of any railway. These trains often carry three times the number of people they were made to carry, leading to the Super Dense Crush Load at peak hours. People estimate that there is about 11 square feet of open space per person in the city.
You may have previously known Mumbai by the name Bombay, which it was called under colonial rule. In 1995 it was renamed Mumbai for a local goddess, Mumbadevi.
Read more about Mumbai:
Mumbai, commercial capital of India: Mumbai History
Geuggenheim: 10 Things Every Urbanist Should Know about Mumbai
Lonely Planet: Introducing Mumbai (Bombay)