20 Interesting Facts About 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." These are not my words. It was given by great Mark Twain. Here you can see 20 intresting Indian facts to support his statement.

A floating post office

Do you know one thing? Bharath has the largest postal network in the globe with over 1, 55,015 post offices. So, single post office serves an average population of 7,175 peoples. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. In India there is a floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar which was inaugurated in August 2011.

Kumbh Mela Gathering

In the year 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so humongous that the crowd was clearly noticeable from space.

The wettest inhabited place in the world

There is a village called Mawsynram, on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the all God's creatures (earth). Cherrapunji, also a part of Meghalaya, clamps the record for the maximum rainfall in the calendar year of 1861.

Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equivalent to the earth's perimeter

Bandra Worli Sealink, Mumbai took a total of 2, 57, 00, 000 man hours for completion and also evaluates as much as 50,000 African elephants. This is a great example of true engineering and architectural genius.

Tamil is the oldest surviving language in the world

Tamil is the mother language of TamilNadu, a south Indian state. Tamil language is more than 12,000 years old and its literature is vast and varied. Tamil is one of the oldest surviving classical languages in the earth. Just 14 years ago, a survey concluded that, there were 1,863 newspapers published in Tamil language proving the language is still used today. Tamil also has the official status of Srilanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Africa, and Andaman Nichobar Islands etc. TamilNadu is culturally, traditionally very glorious in India.

The highest cricket ground in the world

At a height of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the uppermost in the world. It was constructed in the year 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.

Shampooing is an Indian concept

Shampoo was first invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbals. The word 'shampoo' is derived from Sanskrit word Champu, which means massage.

The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all World Cups

Kabaddi is originated from TamilNadu, India has won all 5 men's Kabaddi World Cups held till now and have been unconquered all over these tournaments. The Indian women's team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date. This is very interesting sport which is very famous all over the world.

Water on the moon was discovered by India

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

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

Abdul Kalam is one of the world eminent missiles and atom scientist. He was born in TamilNadu. The father of India's missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day

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

This is an interesting fact that, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was appointed the President of India, for that time, he only took 50% of his salary, requesting he did not need more than that. Towards the end of his 12-year occupancy he only took 25% of his salary. The salary of the President was Rs 10,000 back then. Great man!

The first rocket in India was transported on a bicycle

Another interesting fact is the first rocket was so bright and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala a south Indian state. So funny!

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

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

Largest number of vegetarians in the world

India is spiritual country. So, many peoples are vegetarian, or both. It is full of personal choices. Nearly 30 to 40% of Indians are vegetarians, which means 50 crores of peoples out of 125 crore in Indian population. So it makes the largest vegetarian-friendly country in the world.

The world's largest producer of milk

India is the world’s largest producer of milk recently overtook the European Union with production reaching over 132.4m tonnes in the year 2014.

The first country to consume and refine sugar

India was the first nation to develop extraction and purifying techniques of sugar (Beneficiation and Pellitisation process). Many visitors from foreign learnt the refining and cultivation of sugar from India.

Father of Indian Mathematics

Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar was born in 22 December 1887 in Kumbakonam, state of TamilNadu. He was an Indian mathematician and autodidact he does not have any formal training in pure mathematics. He made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Ramanujan primarily developed his own mathematical research in loneliness; it was quickly recognized by Indian mathematicians. When his skills became ostensible to the wider mathematical community, centered in Europe at the time, he began a renowned partnership with the English mathematician G. H. Hardy. He rediscovered previously known theorems in addition to producing new work. During his short life, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3900 results (mostly identities and equations). He stated results that were both original and highly unconventional, such as the Ramanujan prime and the Ramanujan theta function, and these have stimulated a massive amount of further research. The Ramanujan Journal, an international publication, was launched to publish work in all areas of mathematics influenced by his work.

Rabindranath Tagore also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh

Rabindranath Tagore is recognized not only for writing the Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, but he wrote Bangladeshi national anthem, that is Amar Sonar Bangla, as well. He was also offered knighthood by the British but refused the honor after the Jalianwala Bagh massacre. And also declared that Indian national anthem is best national anthem in the earth.

Diamonds were first mined in India

Originally, diamonds were only found in the alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta India. Till that, diamonds were found in Brazil through the 18th century, India headed the world in diamond production.

Snakes and Ladders originated in India

Earlier this game was known as Moksha Patamu, the game was originally invented as a moral lesson about karma to be taught to children. It was later commercialized and has become one of the most widespread board games in the earth.