India, a country located in South Asia. With the population of over 1 billion people, India is the second-most populated country and one of the most influential and powerful country in the world. India is the seventh-largest country by area, and the biggest democratic country in the world.
India’s vast diversity and cultural heritage is famous all over the world. But there are some lesser known and unheard facts about India you probably don’t know yet.
Here are some most interesting and surprising facts about India.
#41. The second largest English-speaking nation is India. Yes, you heard it right. After America, India is the only country in which nearly 10% of its population that is 125 million(12.5 crore) speaks English. After America and India, third comes the Pakistan in the list. Isn’t it surprising?
#40. Rajma(kidney bean) is not an Indian dish. It first came to India from Mexico and slowly, it became a part of Indian cuisine.
#39. Did you know? India’s first-ever rocket was transported on a bicycle and the first satellite on a bullock cart. And look now, the present unbelievable furtherance of India in space programs and other fields.
#38. Samosa is not an Indian dish. Yes, you read it right. It was actually originated in Egypt. Surprising?? Did you know? If you are a Indian then definitely its gonna surprise you.
#37. It is illegal for a child in India to leave or neglect their parents after their retirement. Another amazing fact about India to its incredibleness. Incredible India!
#36. A meteor formed a astounding Lonar Lake in Maharashtra also called as Lonar Crater. The lake was created by a plummeting meteor about 52,000 years ago.
#35. The world’s first and oldest university was established in Takshila in 700 BC was once part of ancient India. In present, it is in Pakistan, after the partition of 1947.
#34. India has floating post office in Srinagar. Also India has the most number of post offices.
#33. The daily number of people travelling in the Indian Railways is equal to the population of Australia. Connecting more than 7,172 stations, it carries over 23 million passengers in 12,617 trains.
#32. There’s a day dedicated to former President of India Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Switzerland. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited Switzerland on may 26th 2006, and that day is declared as the Science Day of Switzerland.
#31. The birth place of four religion is in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population. Isn’t it amazing? Incredible India.
#30. Did you know that India was once an island? About 50 million years ago, it collided with the Asian continent and thus led to the formation of The Great Himalayas. Surprising, isn’t it?
#29. India introduced shampoo to the world. “Shampoo” is a word came from the Hindi word, “champo”. The first ever shampoo was used by local peoples in India. Dried Indian gooseberry mixed with many other herbs was used to wash hair, and called champo. This recipe is still used in the country today.
#28. It is called that India was one of the richest countries till the time of British colonial rule in the early 17th Century.
#27. India has a village named Snapdeal.com. Shiv Nagar village in Muzaffarnagar, U.P. renamed to ‘Snapdeal.com Nagar’ after snapdeal.com, an e-commerce company, made 15 hand-pumps in the village so that the villagers wouldn’t have to walk for miles to collect water.
#26. Indian airline company, “Go Air”, only hires female flight attendants because on average, they are 15-20 kilos lighter than men. So they save up to US $5 million per year in fuel. I bet, you are surprised?
#25. The concept of plastic surgery was mainly invented in India. Sushruta, an ancient physician known today as the “Father of Indian Medicine” and “Father of Plastic Surgery”. He made the huge contribution to medical science in the field of plastic and cataract surgery back in the 6th century.
#24. India is the only country with a bill of rights for cows. Cows are believed to be holy in Hinduism, and the Indian Constitution has a set of rules that prevents the sale and slaughter of cows. From the moment a Hindu is born, he has two mothers. One, his birth mother and second, Gaumata(Gau- cow, mata- mother). Now, isn’t it amazes you?
#23. India has never invaded any country in the history of years.
#22. The production cost of Indian currency 1 Rupee coin is estimated to be around Rupee 1.11. The cost of Rupee 2 coin is Rupee 1.28 and for Rupee 5 coin it is Rupee 3.69. The new Rupee 10 currency coins cost is Rupee 5.54.
#21. When many cultures were only forest dwellers and nomadics over 5000 years ago, Indians established first ever civilization, Indus Valley Civilization(Harappan Culture) in Sindhu Valley.
#20. The game of Snake & Ladders as well as Chess was invented in India.
#19. The jewellery of Indian housewives holds 11% of the world’s gold.
#18. Diamonds were first mined in India. It is believed that until 1896, India was the one and only source of diamonds in the world.
#17. One of the most commonly used things in today’s life- USB, was invented by an Indian-American computer architect Ajay V. Bhatt. Also the Pentium Chip was invented by an Indian named Vinod Dham. He is called as the father of the Pentium Chip.
#16. India has the largest number of vegetarian peoples in the world. It is because of religious beliefs and practices or personal choices or both, nearly 20-40% of Indians are vegetarians, making it the largest vegetarian-friendly country in the world.
#15. The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 50 thousand people a day. Amazing, isn’t it?
#14. India is the one and only country to have an entire ocean named after it, that is none other than the Indian Ocean. Isn’t it amazing fact?
#13. India is the fourth country after the US, Russia and China which have developed Anti-satellite weapons(ASAT), these are space weapons designed to destroy or incapacitate satellites in space for strategic military purposes.
#12. After every 12 years, a religious gathering called the “Kumbh Mela” is held in India. It is the world’s largest gathering of people. In 2011, this religious gathering was so massive that it was visible from space. It attracted over 70 million people. Wohhhh!!
#11. Mawsynram village in India is the place that records the highest rainfall on the Earth. In 1986, it received 26,000 millimetres of rainfall and earned the title of the “wettest place on earth”.
#10. The branch of mathematics, Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus was originated in India.
#9. True to the cultural norms, only about 1 out of 100 marriages in India end in divorce, the lowest rate of divorce in the world.
#8. The record of having the biggest family in the world is from India. A man named Ziona Chana from Mizoram has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren, who live together as one big happy family in the same house.
#7. Currently, India is the only country to have both wild lions and tigers in their natural habitats.
#6. Did you know? India is the largest movies producing country. Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood and other regional cinema industries together produce more movies than any nation in the world.
#5. Did you know? Martial Arts were first created in India in the early 5th century AD, and later spread in Asian Subcontinent by Buddhist missionaries.
#4. Hindi language is not the national language of India. In actual, there are more than 20 official languages across various states of India and Hindi is one of them.
#3. Do you know? KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds introduced their vegetarian menu just for the Indian populace. Power of Indian Populace!
#2. How many of you all think that Hockey is the national game of India? No, Hockey is not the national game of India. Shocked? In fact, India does not have a national game.
#1. India is the first and only country in the world who succeeded in putting a research into Mars’ orbit in the very first attempt, easily and decisively. What’s amazing is that, it is the most cheapest and cost effective Mars Mission to have ever been undertaken. The “MOM”(Mars Orbiter Mission), cost only $74 million. The recent Hollywood space adventure movie “Gravity” cost about a $100 million to make. Wowww! Proud for Indians. Isn’t it great?
Phooey!!! We guess, that’s a lot of amazing facts about India that surely amazes you. Do let us know in the comment section, what you think of the amazing facts about India and if you have more to add.