31 Interesting Facts About India

It is unthinkable not to be staggered by the word India. It is known for its rich blend of art and culture. Settled within 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:

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1. The Largest Vegan-Friendly Country In The World!

Vegan Power

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. The Country Of Yoga

Yoga

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. IT Capital Of The World!

IT Industry in India

India has emerged as one of the fastest growing IT sectors in the world.
source: Wikipedia, Image: Topnews.in

4. Becoming An Island!

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.
Source: BBC

5. Road Accidents Are Normal Here!

accident

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.
Source: Wikipedia

6. The Biggest Architectural Dome In India!

Gol Gumbaz

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.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

7. World’s Longest Corridor Is Here!

Rameswaram Temple
Rameswaram Temple
Corridor of Rameswaram Temple
Corridor of Rameswaram Temple

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.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

8. World’s Longest Platform Is Here!

Gorakhpur Railway Station 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. A leading Producer Of Essential Edibles

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 to the production of milk too.
Source: Wikipedia

10. World’s Fastest Growing Economy!

Indian Currency

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.
Source: Wikipedia

11. Home To World’s Most Visited Pilgrimage Destination!

Thirupati Temple

Located in 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 Rs 2400 crore.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Satish Hanumantharao

12. The Country Of Chess

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.
Source: Wikipedia

13. India Drinks 1/2 Of The World’s Whiskey!

Drinking_Habit

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.
Source: qz.com

14. Home To One Of The World’s Costliest Residences!

Ambani's House in Mumbai - Antilia

This wonderful 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 at around $1 billion with an area of 400,000-sq ft.
Source, Image: Wikipedia

15. World’s Oldest Habitable City Is Here!

Ahilya Ghat by the Ganges, Varanasi
Ahilya Ghat by the Ganges, Varanasi

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.

Source: Wikipedia, Image: Flickr

16. Shampooing Was Originated Here!

shampooing-in-india

The concept of shampooing hair originated in India, although, not with the chemical liquids but with the use of herbs.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: shopify.com

17. World’s 2nd Largest English Speaking Country!

india-second-largest-english-speaking-country-in-the-world

More than 10% of the 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. Click here to know more about Kumbh Mela.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: 4.bp.blogspot.com

19. Too Many People…!!

india-populationIndia’s population is more than the whole population of any continent outside Asia.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: plus.mynahcare.com

20. A Floating Post Office!

Floating Post Ofice, Dal Lake, Srinagar
Floating Post Ofice, Dal Lake, Srinagar

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.
Source, Image: vikasacharya.wordpress.com

21. The Diamond Country

Diamonds

India was the only Diamond producing country in the world until 1896.
Source: Gemological Institute of America

22. Origin of Martial Arts!

Martial Arts

Martial Arts were originated in India. Later, Buddhist missionaries spread it to the rest of Asia.
Source: Wikipedia

23. World’s Highest Cricket Ground!

Chail Cricket Ground, Chail, Himachal Pradesh
Chail Cricket Ground, Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Chail Cricket Ground located at the hills of Chail, Himachal Pradesh is the world’s highest Cricket ground.
Source: Iseeindia, Image: India.com

23. The Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill, Leh, Ladakh
Magnetic Hill, Leh, Ladakh

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 & airplanes passing nearby have to fly higher; so as to pass this magnetic force.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: easydestination.net

24. The Highest Average Rainfall In The World!

wettest-place-on-planet

With 11,873 mm (467 in) of rain per annum, Mawsynram in the Meghalaya state of India is considered the world’s wettest habitable place.
source: guinnessworldrecords.com, Image: theatlantic.com

 25. Rocket On Cycle!

Rocket on Cycle

India’s first rocket was transported by a bicycle to Thumba Launching Station, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
Source, Image: tkayala

26. The Kashmir Conflict

Kashmir Parts

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.
Source, Image: Quora

27. Swiss Declared Science Day In Kalam’s Honor!

switzerland-science-day-to-honor-kalam

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 

28. The Highest Post Office On Earth!

Hikkim Highest Post Office On Earth

At an elevation of 4,440m, the tiny post office in the village of Hikkim; situated in northern India’s remote Spiti Valley, is considered the world’s highest Post Office. The charm of this place is so much that travelers take pride in mailing their letters from the highest post office on Earth.
Source: bbc.com, Image: cdninstagram.com

29. Highest Motorable Road On Earth!

Highest Motorable Road On Earth

India is home to the world’s highest motorable road in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir; passing through Umling La Top at a height of over 19,300 feet. The 86-km-long strategic road through Umling La Top connects Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230 km from Leh. Earlier, the feat was with Khardung La at an altitude of 18,380 ft.
Source: livemint.com, Image: Wikimedia

30. World’s Highest Battlefield!

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Located in Northern Kashmir, the Siachen Glacier is regarded as the world’s highest battlefield. Situated at altitudes that range from 13,000-22,000ft (4,000-6,700m), the area is claimed by both India and Pakistan, and the two rival nations have thousands of soldiers stationed there. However, death mostly comes from freezing temperatures, falls into crevasses or from being swept away by avalanches.
Source: bbc.com, GIF: beingindian.com

31. Home To World’s Tallest Statue

Statue of Unity

With the height of 182 meters (597 ft), the “Statue of Unity” is an iconic landmark statue of India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a visionary leader and statesman; hailed as the “Iron Man of India.” Located in the Indian state of Gujarat; facing the Narmada Dam, the statue is considered the world’s tallest statue.
Source: .statueofunity.in, Image: businessworld.in