India: interesting about the country
In the dry climate of northern and western parts of India, water is not always publicly available, and often has to be extracted from the ground. Many stepped wells in Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat were carved and decorated like temples with zigzag steps with many tunnels and balconies that lead to the water.
One of the most beautiful stepped wells is Chand Baori near Jaipur and Ajalage outside Ahmedabad.
Meghalaya is the rainiest place in the world.
Although the arid deserts of Rajasthan in the west are better known, the northwestern state in Meghalaya is the rainiest place in the world. So, for example, the village of Mausinram receives annually 11 871 millimeters of precipitation.
Here you can see bridges made from living trees.
In the state of Meghalaya you can find amazing bridges that have been created by nature for over 500 years. Such bridges of roots and climbing stems are much stronger than wooden bridges that would quickly rot in the humid climate of Meghalai.
Padmanabhaswami Temple is the richest temple in the world.
The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the city of Trivandrum in Kerala is not only the richest Hindu temple in the world, but also the richest place of worship. In 2011, the temple’s cellars were opened for the first time in 130 years, and a treasure of gold, silver and precious metals was discovered inside, estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.
India has the largest sundial in the world.
The complex of Jantar Mantar observatories in Jaipur and Delhi, built in the 18th century, was once a place where astronomical tables were prepared and predicted the movements of the Sun, the Moon and planets with the naked eye.
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest, and is equipped with 19 architectural astronomical instruments, including the largest sundial in the world. The Delhi Observatory is smaller, but not as crowded, and you can even climb some structures.
There are more than 140 kinds of traditional Indian desserts.
Each region of India has its own distinctive desserts: petah-boiled pumpkin dessert from Agra, daulat ki chaat, made from milk foam, which is sold in Delhi only in winter, rasagolla – milk-based Bengal balls in syrup, gazhar ki halva, made from grated carrots and popular in the north, rice pudding Khir or Dzhalebi – curls of dough, soaked in syrup.
Indian desserts are very sweet, made with a lot of ghee and flavored with cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, coconut, rose water or nuts.
Khari Baoli in Delhi is the largest spice market in the world.
The market has been around for almost four centuries, and all kinds of spices, dried fruits, nuts, herbs, tea and dessert ingredients are sold here.
The Bandra Worley Sea Bridge is the longest surface bridge in the world.
The length of the steel wires of the bridge is equal to the circumference of the Earth at the equator, and its weight is equal to the weight of 50,000 African elephants.
The largest family in the world.
Ziona Chan is the head of the largest family in the world. He has 39 wives, 94 children and 39 grandchildren. They live in a 4-storey 100-room house in the village of Baktvang in the state of Mizoram.
India has 6 seasons.
According to the Hindu calendar in India, there are 6 seasons: summer, autumn, winter, spring, the monsoon season, and the run-up season of winter.