10 interesting facts about India that may surprise you
India is one of the most amazing countries in the world. There are many facts about India that few people know about.
This country boasts a large variety of places and cultures, strange phenomena and unusual traditions.
Here, one of the most interesting facts about India, which would be curious to know.
1. In India, more than 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous places in the world, however in India there are 31 more UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This includes forts in Rajasthan, mountain railways in Shimla, Darjeeling and Nilgiri, the Western Ghats mountain range in the south-west of the country, the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, the National Park Sundarban in Bengal, and many other national parks and reserves. And this is only a small part of the amazing places and objects of India.
India: interesting facts about the country
2. All major world religions are represented in India.
Although 80 percent of Indians are Hindu followers, a large number of large communities and all world religions live in the country. Christian communities and churches can be found in Kerala and Goa. Judaism in India is represented at Fort Kochi in Kerala.
Also in different regions of India, followers of Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and other religions coexist.
3. In India, the largest number of vegetarians in the world.
Although not all Hindus are vegetarians or all Indians are Hindu, vegetarianism is an important part of the traditional beliefs and attitudes of Hindu traditions. Approximately 20–40% of Indians are vegetarians, making India the largest vegetarian country in the world.
4. Here you can meet strange and unusual post offices.
India has the largest mail system in the world, and here you can find post offices in the most unexpected and unusual places. So in the city of Haikki in the state of Himachal Pradesh is the highest post office at an altitude of 4,440 meters. A floating post office can be found on Dal Lake in Kashmir, and in the 70s some cities were supplied with mobile camel mail.
5. Varanasi is one of the oldest resident cities in the world.
The holy city of Varanasi was first inhabited more than 3,000 years ago, and the Hindus themselves believe that the city is even older and was created more than 5,000 years ago by the deity Shiva. Varanasi is located on the holy points of the Ganges River. Many Hindus decide to die in this place, as they believe that it frees a person from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
6. India is the second largest English-speaking country in the world.
The number of people who speak English is slightly less than in the USA. English is one of the 22 official languages of India, and a subsidiary official language of government along with Hindi. Only 10% of Indians know English, and a small minority know it as their native language, but in a country with such a large population you can almost always find someone with whom you can communicate in it.
7. The Asiatic lion lives only in western India.
The Asiatic Lion, also known as the Persian Lion, once lived in the Middle East and India. Currently, it is an endangered species, and it can only be found in the state of Gujarat in the Geer Reserve.
8. The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh could become the fifth most populous country in the world.
The population of Uttar Pradesh is more than 200 million, and this is more people than in Japan, Mexico and even in Russia. In this northern state is the Taj Mahal and the city of Varanasi, as well as many other attractions, including the “dead city” Fatehpur Sikri, nature reserves, the structure of the Bar Imambara in Lucknow and others.
Sights of India
9. Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people in the world.
Kumbh Mela is a rite of Hindu pilgrimage, which is increasing every year. It is held every three years in one of the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain, but the meeting in Allahabad, which is held every 12 years, is the largest and most sacred. In 2013, the festival gathered about 100 million people.
10. India has long been a fashion center.
Since ancient times, Indian fabrics have been sold all over the world, and the country has long been known as the manufacturer of the best cotton and silk. One of the consequences of British colonialism was the impoverishment of Indian textile manufacturers.
Today, the Indian fashion industry is flourishing again, and fashion weeks are constantly held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Also in India, many traditions have been preserved, such as hand weaving and hand packing.