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Interesting Facts About India We Bet You Didn’t Know

India is full of surprises and countless facts. India has an amazing variety in terms of cultures, traditions, clothes, people, religion, languages, vegetation, population, landforms, soil colours, cuisine, musical instruments, vocal music, dances. And yet there’s unity in so much diversity. Three oceans meet at the Southern tip of India, on the North are the beautiful snowy mountains, and in between these are gorgeous hill stations, plateaus, plains, tropical forests, flowing rivers, pastures, farms, tiny towns and attractive cities.

The different religious groups, subcultures and very ancient history are all great reasons to say INDIA is a great country. Its ability to allow its citizens to be what they are. India houses one of the most diverse populations on this planet, allowing them to live the way they want to live. All this makes India  “The Incredible India

“India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”  By  “Mark Twain.

Here are some amazing facts about India that will make you more proud to be an Indian.

 1) Around a 100 million years ago, India was an island.

India was once a continent. More than 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, most of what is now India was an island.

It had broken off from an ancient supercontinent referred to as Gondwanaland by paleogeographers (named after Gondwana, a forested area of central India), and was moving slowly northwards.

About 50 million years ago, dinosaurs by now extinct, the India continental plate collided with Asia, buckling the coastal area of both continents and creating the Himalayas – the world’s youngest major mountain range – and, of course, the highest.

Evidence of this ancient history is provided by fossilised sea shells that can still be found high in the mountains. The plate on which the subcontinent rests continues to press slowly northwards, and is the reason why the height of Mount Everest increases slightly every year.

Around a 100 million years ago, India was an island.

2. A floating post office.

India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.

A floating post office

3. Kumbh Mela gathering visible from space.

Biggest Gathering in Human history, The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.

Kumbh Mela

4. Record Breaker –  India is third in terms of number of records claimed every year in the world.

Indian students dressed as Mahatma Gandhi for a record attempt

India is more obsessed with breaking records than any other country. Not something that I can prove with official sources, but I am pretty sure it is true.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, India ranks third behind the USA and the UK in the number of records claimed each year.

Among the recent additions was the largest gathering of people (891) dressed like Mahatma Gandhi.

But this leaves out the large number of often bizarre and obscure record claims that never make it to the Guinness Book, but that are compiled in similar local compendiums such as the Limca Book of Records and the India Book of Records.

The records include the longest garland made of cakes of cattle dung (2 km) , for performing yoga on horseback (10 hours) , and for lighting electric bulbs by passing a wire through one’s nose and out of one’s mouth (30 sixty-watt bulbs) . Sometimes record-seekers go too far – as do their parents.

In 2007, a 15-year-old boy, under the watchful eye of his doctor parents, performed a caesarean section in a hospital in Tamil Nadu, in an attempt to be recognised as the world’s youngest surgeon. Unsurprisingly, the police and the medical authorities took a dim view of this particular attempt on a world record.

5. An Indian named Prahlad Jani has not Eaten or Drank anything in last 70 years.

Yes, it is not a joke we made up. The claim of Prahlad Jani has actually been tested when he survived through 15 days of surveillance and made it without eating or drinking anything. Science has failed to give any explanation behind the survival of this Incredible Indian.

An Indian named Prahlad Jani has not Eaten or Drank anything in last 70 years.

6. The first country to consume sugar.

India was the first country to develop extraction and purifying techniques of sugar. Many visitors from abroad learnt the refining and cultivation of sugar from us.

The first country to consume sugar

7. It is mandatory in West Bengal for cows to have Photo – IDs.

We kid you not. In some regions of West Bengal, the cow owners have to take their cows to get clicked and create a photo ID.

It is mandatory in West Bengal for cows to have Photo-IDs.

8. India and Bangladesh are connected in more ways than you think. Look at this map.

There is a third enclave border which leads to a certain part of India being in Bangladesh, which is also a part of India, which is a part of Bangladesh.  Mind-boggling, isn’t it?

India and Bangladesh are connected in more ways than you think.

9. Rabindranath Tagore also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh.

Rabindranath Tagore is credited not only for writing the Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, but the Bangladeshi national anthem, Amar Sonar Bangla, as well. He was also offered knighthood by the British but refused the honour after the Jalianwala Bagh massacre.

Rabindranath Tagore also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh

10. India was exceptional when it came to hockey in the 1920s. The British were forced to withdraw from the Olympics in 1920 to avoid a probable defeat by their colony.

In the 1928 Olympics, India managed to secure an impressive number of goals (102), conceding only 3.

India was exceptional when it came to hockey in the 1920s. The British were forced to withdraw from the Olympics in 1920 to avoid a probable defeat by their colony

11. The biggest family in the world is from India.

Ziona Chana from Mizoram has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren, who live together as one big happy family in the same house!

Ziona Chana from Mizoram has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren

12.  Here’s another reason to be in awe of A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

When he was the President of India, he actually posted a question on terrorism on Yahoo answers, trying to figure out what people think about possible solutions to the widespread issue! What’s more, he got answers from the likes of  Dr. Kiran Bedi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Leander Paes.

When APJ Abdul Kalam was the President of India, he actually posted a question on terrorism on Yahoo answers

13.  The Tirupati Balaji temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple both, receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.

The Tirupati Balaji temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple both, receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.

14.  Takshila is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC.

Takshila is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC.

15. The human calculator.

Shakuntla Devi was given this title after she demonstrated the calculation of two 13 digit numbers: 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 which were picked at random. She answered correctly within 28 seconds.

The human calculator

16.  Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India.

The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference.

 Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India.

17. Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equal to the earth’s circumference.

It took a total of 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and also weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.

4. Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equal to the earth's circumference

18. The highest cricket ground in the world.

At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.

The highest cricket ground in the world

19. The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all World Cups.

India has won all 5 men’s Kabaddi World Cups held till now and have been undefeated throughout these tournaments. The Indian women’s team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date.

The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all World Cups

20. Snakes and Ladders originated in India.

Earlier known as Moksha Patamu, the game was initially invented as a moral lesson aboutkarma to be taught to children. It was later commercialized and has become one of the most popular board games in the world.

25. Snakes and Ladders originated in India

21. Water on the moon was discovered by India.

In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.

Water on the moon was discovered by India

22. Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam.

The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.

Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam

 

 

23. Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley are both of Indian descent.

Freddie Mercury, the legendary singer of the rock band ‘Queen’ was born a Parsi with the name Farrokh Bulsara while the famous Oscar winning Hollywood star Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji.

Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley are both of Indian descent

24. India’s first President only took 50% of his salary.

When Dr Rajendra Prasad was appointed the President of India, he only took 50% of his salary, claiming he did not require more than that. Towards the end of his 12-year tenure he only took 25% of his salary. The salary of the President was Rs 10,000 back then.

India's first President only took 50% of his salary

25. The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle.

The first rocket was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle

26. India is the world’s second-largest English speaking country.

India is second only to the USA when it comes to speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the language, which is only 10% of our population. This is expected to grow by quite a margin in the coming years.

India is the world's second-largest English speaking country

27. Diamonds were first mined in India.

Initially, diamonds were only found in the alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta. Until diamonds were found in Brazil during the 18th century, India led the world in diamond production.

Diamonds were first mined in India

28. The world’s largest producer of milk.

India recently overtook the European Union with production reaching over 132.4m tonnes in 2014.

The world's largest producer of milk

29. Adolph Hitler Was Big Fan of Major Dhyanchand

Infamouns dictator Hitler was a huge fan of Major Dhyanchand. In fact after 1936 Burlin Olympic Finals, where India thrashed Germany by 8-1 Hitler summoned Dhyanchand and offered him German Citizenship. Of course legendary Hockey Wizard politely refused it.

Adolph Hitler Was Big Fan of Major Dhyanchand

30. Most Vegetarian Friendly Country in World

India is the most vegetarian friendly country in the world. India’s 25-25 percent population is vegetarian which is highest in the world.

vegetarian-friendly-india

31. Concept of Shampoo was Invented in India

Shampoo is derived from Champu a sanskrit word. The concept was invented in India by using herbs for strengthen of hair. Later it was used by West country and they invented shampoo liquid.

Concept of shampoo

32. Wettest Place in the World

Mawsynram, a village in Meghalaya is the wettest place in the world where human lives. Every year the village record highest average rainfall in the world.

Mawsynram, a village in Meghalaya is the wettest place in the world where human lives. Every year the village record highest average rainfall in the world.

33. Polling Booth for Single Person

It happens Only in India, literally. Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas who lives in Banej in Gir Forest is the only voter there. Still a full fledged polling booth is established in every election only for him.

Mahant-Bharatdas-Darshandas

34.   Indian housewives hold 11% of the World’s gold. That is more than the reserves of USA, IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.

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