“When the world sleeps, India will wake to life and freedom”- Jawaharlal Nehru proclaimed this on the portentous night of 14th August 1947. That was the day when India finally attained the apropos Independence that it had always desired and dreamed. India as a country is vast and has an astounding and rich diverse history in religions, culture and languages which is ubiquitous and unparalleled. India’s rich heritage is one of the oldest in the civilizations.
India is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world as it offers different facets of her personality- extravagant, elegant, eclectic and exotic to each traveller. It enriches ones vision and gives a traveller a makeover on their perception of India and sigh on its beauty, rich abundance, heritage, culture, architecture, art, music, theatre, religion and spirituality.
Indian subcontinent is a blend of many components and has a truckload of interesting facts about it, some of them are:-
Fact 1: In the last 5,000 years, India has never attacked any country with a view to colonize or simply invade it.
Fact 2: The first university of the world was set up in India in early 700 BC.
Fact 3: Ayurveda is among the earliest schools of medicine recognized throughout the world. Today, Ayurveda practice is still common in many Western countries.
Fact 4: Even though modern pictures of India usually show inadequate development and poverty, India was actually the richest nation on Earth till the era of the British in the late 17th century.
Fact 5: Algebra, calculus, and the number system all came from India.
Fact 6: India is also where the challenging and interesting game of chess was invented.
Fact 7: According to research carried out by the Gemological Institute in America, India acted as the only diamond source for the whole world till 1896.
Fact 8: India has a very large population and is second to China with regards to population size. Actually, India’s population grows at a high rate of 1.6 percent per year.
Fact 9: India is largely an agricultural country. It is the leading producer of rice, cheese, peanuts, cotton, milk, rubber, tobacco, and sugarcane. The main domestic products are textiles, and they are also a very profitable export.
Fact 10: A large population of Indians speaks various languages linked to European languages like German, English, or Greek. In fact, the Indian religion is written using Indo-European languages.
India being the 7th largest country in the world by size is unique as it has only one time-zone similar for all the 29 states and 7 union territories of the country. It is unlike the US where time-zones change while travelling from one state to another.
India has a fascinating diversity of 780 languages and some 100 not in use anymore, so it is very cool to live in a country which has a unique set of approximately 900 languages.
India has a floating post office in Dal Lake, Sringar and India as a country has the largest postal service in the world with 1,55,015 post offices.
Kumbh Mela one of the most visited events of the year had 75 million pilgrims in 2011. It was so huge that it was literally visible from the space.
India’s Hindu calendar has 6 seasons: – spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and Prevernal.
These pretty much sums about some of the truly spectacular facts of India. It has a lot of uniqueness but these seemed like the best.