India is the second-most populated country after China and a major democratic country worldwide. Geographically, it is situated on the Asian continent. There are many fascinating things about India’s culture, land, and people.
India is a secular country. The country has many religions, like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, and many more. Despite their cultural and traditional differences, Indians coexist.
There are many festivals in different religions that are celebrated by everyone in India.
There are four types of climate experienced in India every year. Summer, spring, autumn, and winter seasons The mountain ranges of Jammu and Kashmir extend all the way to Sikkim.
In this article, I want to discuss some facts about India that you may find interesting and surprising.
Everyone knows China is the most populous country in the world. India is the second-most populated country in the world. Roughly, there are about 1.37 billion people in India. It is also estimated that by 2027, India will surpass the population of China.
After the US, India is the second country with the highest number of English-speaking people. English is spoken by approximately 125 million people.
According to the Hindu religion, cows are considered holy and sacred in India. The Indian Constitution prohibits the slaughter and sale of cows.
The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi is the largest in the world.
There are over three lakh mosques throughout the country, which means India has more mosques than any other country.
According to the Indian Constitution, there are 28 states and 8 union territories. There are 22 major languages and 720 dialects spoken in the country.
India produces more milk per capita than any other country on the planet. With 132.4 million metric tonnes of milk produced in 2014, India surpassed the European Union.
India’s ancient civilization, the Indus Valley Civilization, is 5,000 years old. Yoga originated with this civilization.
The Chail Cricket Ground at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest cricket field, at an elevation of 7,500 feet above sea level.
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most frequently visited attraction in India. It is an ivory-white marble monument on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century.
There is a slight stretch on the Leh-Kargil Himalayan road, considered the magnetic highway. The phenomenon of gravity in that area pulls the stationary vehicles upwards.
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is considered the oldest inhabited city in the world. It is believed to be a 5000-year-old city founded by Lord Shiva on the banks of the River Ganges. The city is also known as the "City of Lights," "the religious capital of India," "the city of learning," and "the holy city of India."
Nainital in Uttarakhand is called "the city of lakes": Naina Lake, Sattal Lake, Sariyatal, KhurpaTal Lake, Naukuchiatal Lake, Bhimtal Lake, KamalTal, and Garud Tal.
India was the first country to mine and produce diamonds in the 4th century B.C., which lasted for 1000 years. The first diamond was found in the Krishna River Delta.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, is the holiest in the Sikhism religion, which symbolises equality and brotherhood. The people are welcome to have meals daily without discrimination in caste, religion, or race. Every day, more than 1 lakh people receive free food from the temple.
India is the biggest spice-producing country in the world. The most popular herbs include cumin, saffron, turmeric, and chilli powder.
The only land untouched by the outside world is "North Sentinel Island." No one is allowed to go within three miles of this land. The people on this island chose to live alone and did not allow foreigners to enter. Earlier, they had violently defended insiders against outsiders.
The Loner Lake, created by a plummeting meteor 52,000 years ago, is in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
Chaturanga, a.k.a. chess, originated in ancient India. Other findings are in trigonometry, snakes and ladders, the number pi, and algebra. All of these were first introduced in India.
India has its own floating post office in Dal Lake in Srinagar, built on a houseboat.
Meghalaya, on the east side of India, gets the highest average annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres (467.4 in) recorded in Guinness World Records.
There is a village in Maharashtra where people live without doors or locks. It is considered to be a 300-year-old practice. They sleep without worry, as their belief is that Lord Shani is always there to protect them as guardians.
The Chenab Bridge in Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s tallest bridge. It is 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, built at 1,178 feet over the Chenab River.
The Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan is home to thousands of rats. Devotees consider those rats their ancestors and worship them.
Lambasingi, a village in Andhra Pradesh in India's Eastern Ghats also known as "Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh," is 1000 metres above sea level and receives a temperature of zero degrees Celsius and minor snowfall due to its elevation.
These are some of the facts about India. There are many more to go. Plan a trip to cover all these places and others for an adventurous and fantastic experience. There are still many unknown facts about India that can leave us surprised.
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