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Comparison between Mumbai and Delhi

Comparison between Mumbai and Delhi

We all are well aware about Indian metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata. Do you know which one is better to live and visit and its master of obvious that every single city of India is full of Joy, Love, Culture and diverse so here is the comparison between Mumbai and Delhi.

Mumbai is financial, commercial and entertainment capital city while Delhi is political and powerhouse city of India.

Origin of Delhi Name People believes the name Delhi was derived from Dhillu, Dhili (Loose), Dhillika, Dilli, Dilu. In 1640, Mughal Empire Shah Jahan named it Shahjahanabad. According to Indian holy epic Mahabharata, initially it was huge mass of forests called ‘Kandavaprastha’ and later named as Indraparastha/ Indraprastha.

In 1927, government of India officially declared it as New Delhi.


Origin of Mumbai Name – Mumbai was Bombay before 1995 and have various names like Kakamuchee, Galajunkja, Mumba or Maha-Amba (Maha-Amba is derived from patron goddess Kuladevi/Mumbadevi), Bombaim i.e. Good Little Bay. Here are few others name comes in different time period – Mombayn (1525), Bombay(1538), Bombain (1552), Bombaym (1552), Monbaym (1554), Mombaim (1563), Mombaym(1644), Bambaye (1666), Bombaiim (1666), Bombeye (1676), Boon Bay (1690) and Bon Bahia. It is also known as Bambai in Hindi.

In 1995, government of India officially declared it as Mumbai. 


Mumbai is more diverse as compare to Delhi.

New Delhi is part of Northern India while Mumbai is Western India. Delhi has second highest millionaires and billionaires in India after Mumbai.

Calmness – Delhiites are more aggressive than Mumbaikars and patience level is quite low in Delhiites, even you can’t expect an apology from Delhiites but still Delhiites are always ready to help without any T&C. Mumbaikars don’t have time for others. In one sentence, Delhiites do morning walk and Mumbaikars always run.

Climate/Season – Delhi has 5 seasons spring (February-March), summer (April-June), monsoon (July-August), autumn (September-November) and winter (December-January).

And Mumbai has 4 seasons summer (March-May), monsoon (June-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December- February).

Culture – Mumbaikars celebrates Western and Indian festivals with full of joy. Most famous festival in Mumbai is Ganesh Chaturthi but they also celebrates Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Dussera, Moharram, Durga Puja.

Delhiites are always ready to celebrate every single festival and even they love to celebrate their weekends too.

Nightlife & Security – Delhi is not safe at night at all while Mumbai starts running in night because of no rural influence in Mumbai. Delhi has a strong Haryana & Uttar Pradesh influence. There are villages in NCR where traditionally conservative communities have lived, and these have now become mainstream residential areas. People have more money, but the same rudimentary lifestyle and thinking.

Mumbai is safe at night and mentality of people will always make you comfortable to enjoy every single moment without any disturbance from others.

Religion – The graphs is based by 2011 population counting.

Religion Delhi Mumbai
Hindus 81.68% 65.99%
Muslims 12.86% 20.65%
Buddhists 0.16% 4.85%
Jains 0.99% 4.10%
Christians 3.40% 3.27%
Sikhs 0.87% 0.58%
Others 0.04% 0.56%

 Language – Most spoken language in Delhi is Hindi (81%) followed by Punjabi (7%), Urdu (6%) and Bengali (1.5%) while Mumbai has more than 35 languages and Marathi spoken 42% followed by Gujarati (19%) and Hindi with rest hailing people from other parts of India.

Official language of Delhi and Mumbai is Hindi and Marathi respectively.

Roads/ Public transport – Roads are better in Delhi but bus transport is not very good. Delhi Metro is a godsend for long distance travels but short distance travels have to be addressed. Mumbai have meter run autos, local trains and buses but you would take a lot of time to cover distances.

Famous Places – Both city have own beauty with lots of attractive places in it. There are endless human made places in Delhi like Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Swaminarayan Akshardham, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Delhi Airport Metro Express, Lodi Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rajpath, India Gate, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Lotus Temple, Mughal Garden, ISKCON Temple, Chhatarpur Temple, Chandni Chowk Market, Red Fort (Lal Quila) , Hauz Khas Village, Connaught Place, Raj Ghat, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Jantar Mantar, Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid), Agrasen Ki Baoli, Jhandewalan Temple, Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga, Hanuman Temple / Statue, Humayun’s Mosque.

Mumbai have best places to spend your precious time with lots of natural places like Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, EsselWorld, Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Shree Siddhivinayak, Marine Drive, ISKCON Temple, Nariman Point, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mount Mary Church, Mahalakshmi Temple, Worli Sea Face, Prithvi Theatre, Haji Ali Mosque, Nerul Balaji Temple, Kharghar Hills, Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach, Mumbadevi Temple, Aksa Beach, Bandra Fort , Powai Lake, Regal Cinema and Hilly station Matheran.

Overall, we love both cities and they have their own attitude in their own style and Comparison is not a negative word at all because only comparison can make you better than others and its very important for human being. Delhi and Mumbai both are integral to India and there are different kinds of people in both the cities. There can be one or two bad instances in Delhi or Mumbai, but you have to take it like life, take it with a pinch of salt. We love both the cities and everyone can have preferences based on perceptions and this line sums it up.

“If i like the color of sun, that doesn’t mean that blue is any less beautiful”



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  • Thank you for posting that speech. I may have to blog about it too. We are a TV free family and I always love to find great rercesous like this that help explain why.

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