India conjures up images of colors, fragrances, bustling streets, and beautiful landscapes like no other country.
Wherever you walk, your senses are assaulted from all angles, from the scent of spices drifting to stunning vistas like the Taj Mahal.
We’ll look at 50 interesting facts about this lovely Asian country.
- A post office was opened near Dal Lake, Srinagar, in August 2011. This post office isn’t like any other of the 55,000+ others; it floats.
- In 1861, the village of Mawsynram was declared the wettest place in the world, with the highest annual average rainfall.
- The Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai cost $250 million to build and took over 25,000,000 hours to complete.
- Companies with more than 100 employees are obligated by law to speak with the government before terminating someone, and they will be unable to do so if the government refuses.
- Flying a kite is forbidden under a 1934 statute that classifies kites as aircraft unless police permission is granted.
- Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, is the country’s highest point at 28,170 feet (8,586 metres).
- In India, the four tastes of sour, sweet, savory, and salty that we have in Western cooking are expanded to include hot and astringent. A very dry red wine is an example of an astringent material.
- India’s roadways may be wrapped around the globe nearly 120 times.
- Indians consume the most whiskey of any country, accounting for half of the global supplies.
- Plastic surgery may have started in India, as evidenced by documented evidence of reconstructive surgery dating back to 800BC.
- In India, the left hand is considered unclean because it is used to splash water to clean oneself after using the toilet instead of toilet paper.
- Chess is derived from the Sanskrit game chaturanga, which literally means “four army men.”
- Saffron represents sacrifice and courage in the Indian flag, while white represents truth and peace.
- The ‘wheel’ in the flag’s center is actually a Buddhist dharma chakra or wheel of life.
- The decimal system and the way of showing all possible numbers using 1-10 were invented in India about 100 B.C.
- Sachin Tendulkar, an Indian cricketer, crossed the field to play for Pakistan in 1987 when the team was short on players.
- India scored a goal in 11 seconds against Bhutan in 1999.
- The Hindu calendar has two additional seasons: monsoon, which occurs immediately before autumn, and prevernal, which occurs after winter.
- According to reports, the air in Mumbai is so dirty that one day of breathing is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
- The Bengal Tiger, India’s national animal, is a critically endangered species. There are just about 2,500 Bengal Tigers in the world.
- Despite the fact that cricket, a British invention, is India’s most popular sport, hockey is the country’s national sport.
- In a historic chapel in Bradford, England, an Indian restaurant seats over 800 customers. The Aakash, the world’s largest Indian restaurant, is located here.
- Because coke is far cheaper than commercial pesticides, it is utilized as a pesticide in several parts of India, notably Chattisgarh.
- Raziya Sultana, India’s first female ruler, was murdered in 1240 after being India’s first female ruler.
- The peacock is India’s national bird, and it was originally used for food rather than for honor.
- After a long and arduous struggle, India was granted independence from the British in August 1947.
- The Jana Gana Mana, a composition by Rabindranath Tagore, was declared India’s national anthem in 1950.
- The word “shampoo” comes from India. It comes from the Sanskrit term ‘Champu,’ which means ‘massage.’
- Of the 17 major languages spoken in India, there are 844 dialects.
- India has a land area of 1.27 million square miles, making it the world’s seventh-largest country, but it is still three times smaller than the United States.
- The Lotus Temple in Delhi features 27 massive marble petals.
- Widows, in contrast to other Indian ladies, would dress in white rather than bright materials.
- India produces over 70% of the world’s animal spices.
- India is the only country in history that has never attacked another country.
- A Bichiya is a wedding band that is worn on the toe, unlike the rest of the world.
- Even though arranged weddings are still the most popular type of marriage, India boasts the lowest divorce rate.
- After WWII, 38 Indians were awarded the Victoria Cross.
- In India, a stopped toilet caused a Jesus statue’s dripping base, which many people drank since they thought it was spiritual.
- In 2016, India established a world record by planting around 50 million trees in 24 hours.
- In 2016, a meteor struck an Indian bus driver, killing him.
- After being apprehended and swallowing a stolen chain, a Mumbai thief was forced to devour 48 bananas by police.
- Candy is derived from the Indian word khanda, which means crystallized sugar.
- The world’s most famous Indian dish, Tikka Masala, is actually a Scottish-born British innovation.
- In India, the mustache is regarded as a valued symbol of authority in some jobs, with police officers receiving more salary simply for sporting one.
- Due to difficulties with smuggling, every cow in West Bengal is required to have a photo ID.
- A polling station has been set up in a forest since 2004 for one voter, a temple priest, to cast his ballot.
- In India and Burma, almost 23,000 people speak a language known as anal or Namfu.
- Due to their lighter weight, one Indian airline only hires female hostesses to save money on fuel.
- Over 100,000 individuals in India get fed merely for showing up at a temple. Although there is no necessity, all meals are vegetarian.
- In 2017, the temperature in Odisha reached a record-breaking 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45.5 degrees Celsius); one person was seen cooking an egg in an oiled frying pan on the street with no fire or heat source other than the sun.
The cities of India are engulfed in a melting pot of religions, languages, and civilizations, which is a sight to witness for a traveler.
As you move from place to place, you can really observe the country’s development as you go higher and higher while others have so little.
You’ll find something to astonish you wherever you go in India.
Whether good or bad, the simplicity and complexity of one of the world’s most populous countries is part of its allure.
Remember to keep a close eye on your behavior and follow even the oddest of laws, or you could face some unusual punishments.