It is unthinkable not to be staggered by the word India. It is known for its rich blend of art and culture. Settled within the Southern Asia, India’s head is roofed by the mighty Himalayas, one hand ends on the Arabian Sea, the opposite on the Bay of Bengal, feet extends up to the Indian Ocean, heart covers the Vindhyachal Mountain and the nerves are rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, and Kaveri. Let’s explore some interesting facts about India:
1. Largest Vegan-Friendly Country In The World
Be it attributable to secular, non-secular reasons or personal selections or each, around 1/3 of Indians are vegetarians, creating it the most important vegan-friendly place in the world.
KFC & McDonald’s also have a vegetarian menu in their outlets in India.
Source: 2007 UN FAO Stats
2. Yoga has its inception in India
Invented in India, around 26,000 years ago, Yoga is believed to be flourished by the Indus-Sarasvati-civilization in Northern India around 5,000 years ago.
Source: Swamiji.com, Image: Flickr
3. India is a giant software exporter to the world
India has emerged as one of the fastest growing IT sectors in the world.
source: wikipedia, Image: Topnews.in
4. India’s earlier topography was different
A study shows that India was once a continent around 100 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the planet earth. It had burst far away from associate ancient supercontinent cited as Gondwanaland, and was moving slowly within the northward. But with continental drifting, it’ll become an island in some million years.
5. India suffers one of the awful road accident rates in the world
A bitter indisputable fact that will not surprise those who are familiar with Indian roads and traffic sense. Around 1,37,000 people died on Indian roads alone in 2013. Numerous awareness campaigns and initiatives have been taken by the government, NGO’s and media, however, the rising road accident rate appears to be unconcerned.
6. Gol Gumbaz is the biggest architectural dome in India
Gol Gumbaz is one of the masterpieces of the Islamic architecture in India, located in Bijapur, Karnataka State. It constitutes a cube, 47.5 meters (156 ft) on each side, crowned by a dome 44 m (144 ft) in external diameter.
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7. Rameshwaram Temple has Longest Corridor in the world
Located in the island town of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, is one amongst the four sacred Char Dhams and conjointly one amongst the twelve Jyotirlinga temples within the country. With 1220 meters of brilliant corridors and 1200 granite columns, this temple is unquestionably worth a visit.
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8. Gorakhpur Railway Station holds the record for the longest platform
With a huge length of 1,366.33 m (4,483 ft), Gorakhpur Railway Station holds the Guinness World Records for the longest railway platform in the world.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Indiarailinfo.in
9. India is the apex producer of fruits, sugarcane, milk and coconut on the planet
As a rich agricultural nation, India is the leading producer of fruits (41.5 metric ton), sugarcane (295.73 metric ton) and coconut (13 billion nuts).
India alone has around 1/2 of the buffaloes in the world (8.42 million) and therefore leads in the production of milk too.
10. India creeping up as an emerging economy
Indian Economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Thanks to its demographic dividend (young population), controlled dependency ratio and economic liberalization since 1991.
11. Most visited pilgrimage destination in the world!
Located within the hill city of Tirumala, Tirupati Balaji (Venkateswara Temple) in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh state is the most visited pilgrimage destination in the world. Its annual turnover is estimated to be around of Rs 2400 crore.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Satish Hanumantharao
12. Chess was fabricated in India
Derived from a Sanskrit language word “Chaturanga” which implies quad associates of military personnel is believed to be fabricated in northern India in the 6th century and due to its massive acceptance, it reached all over the world.
13. India drinks 1/2 of the world’s whiskey
Let’s give you a tipsy fact! It might be hard to believe for the planet however whiskey consumption in India is lower than many other countries though; about half of the world’s whiskey consumption happens in India which is around about 1.2 million liters.
14. World’s costliest residence is here!
This wonder house is owned by Mukesh Ambani (an Indian business tycoon and the richest person in India)- Antilia is a 27-story building in South Mumbai. Its current price is estimated around $1 billion with an area of 400,000-sq ft.
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15. World’s oldest habitable city is here!
Also called Kashi, Benares & Banaras, located on the banks of the river Ganges in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh state, is taken into account as “the ancient city” and has been considered one of the oldest habitable cities in the world.
“Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” -Mark Twain on The city of Varanasi.
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16. Shampooing was originated here!
The concept of shampooing hair originated in India, although, not with the chemical liquids but with the use of herbs.
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17. World’s 2nd Largest English Speaking Country!
More than 10% population (out of more than 125 crores) of India speaks English, which makes India world’s 2nd largest English speaking country after the USA in the world.
source: bbc.com, image: thenthisai.com
18. Kumbh Mela (Kumbh Fair) – World’s largest gathering
After every 12 years, around 100 million people (mostly Hindu) gather from all over the world to take bathe in a sacred river.
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19. Too many people…!!
20. The boat like post office
There is a post office on Dal Lake, Srinagar which floats on water, it was made in 2011. Also, India has the most number of Post Offices in the world.
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21. Diamond Country
India was the only Diamond producing country in the world until 1896.
Source: Gemological Institute of America
22. Origin of Martial Arts
Martial Arts were originated in India. Later, Buddhist missionaries spread it to rest of the Asia.
23. World’s Highest Cricket Ground is here!
Chail Cricket Ground located at the hills of Chail, Himachal Pradesh is the world’s highest Cricket ground.
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23. Magnetic Hill
In the hills of Leh, Ladakh India there is a hill where a strong magnetic force is created by the mountains. The force is so strong that it can pull the cars uphill, even the aircraft & aeroplanes passing nearby have to fly higher so as to pass this magnetic force.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: easydestination.net
24. Highest average rainfall in the world!
With 11,873 mm (467 in) of rain per annum, Mawsynram in the Meghalaya state of India is considered world’s wettest habitable place.
source: guinnessworldrecords.com, image: theatlantic.com
25. Rocket on Cycle
India’s first rocket was transported by a bicycle to Thumba Launching Station, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
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26. Kashmir Issue
There has been a dispute regarding who owns Kashmir since 1947. At Present, there is a dispute between India-Pakistan and India-China.
Pakistan has the green colored part, India has the white colored part & China has the red colored part while the shaded red colored part is the one which was gifted by Pakistan to China in 1963.
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27. Swiss declared Science day in Kalam’s honor!
When Abdul Kalam visited Switzerland on 26 May 2005, Swiss Government declared the day as National Science Day of Switzerland in his honor.
source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com, image: altoopa.files.wordpress.com