54 Interesting Facts About India That’s Sure To Amaze You

1. Water on the moon was discovered by India

In September 2009, India’s ISRO( Indian Space Research Organisation) Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time. amazing fact

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

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The father of India’s missile program had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.

3. India’s first President only took 50% of his salary

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was appointed the President of India, he only took 50% of his salary, claiming he did not require more than that. Towards the end of his 12-year tenure, he only took 25% of his salary. The salary of the President was Rs 10,000 back then.

4. The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle

first rocket was so small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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5. India has a spa just for elephants

Elephants receive baths, massages, and even food at the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre in Kerala. Now that’s a BIG step for the country

6. India is the second-largest English-speaking country in the world.

7. There is only 3% of Indians who pay their income tax.

8. Chess is one of the oldest games and was invented in India before the 6th century AD.

9. After the United States and the UK, India is the third in terms of records claimed in Guinness Book of World Records.

10. Chai (Tea) is the national drink of India.

11. Around 100 million years ago, India was an island.

12. Taj Mahal was covered with a huge scaffold during World War 2 to make it look like a stockpile of Bamboo and misguide any enemy bombers.

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13. World’s first and oldest university was established in India named “Takshashila”.

14. The number of births in India every year is more than the total population of Australia and many other nations.

15. Plastic surgery had his roots more than 4000 years old in India.

16. It’s illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.

17. World’s Only Floating Post Office is in India on Dal-Lake in Srinagar. Perched on a houseboat, it also includes a philately museum within itself.

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18. The Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World, around 29%-40% of the people are vegetarians

19.  The Second Largest Network of Roads in the World.

20. Bandra-Worli Sea Link Has steel Wires Equal to Earth’s Circumference.

21. Benny Prasad: Fastest Man to Have Travelled Around the World in 6.5 years.

22. Uttarakhand’s Roopkund is infamous for hundreds of human skeletons found at the bottom of the lake and in the surrounding areas.

23. The Lifeline Express a.k.a the Jeevan Rekha Express is the world’s first hospital train taking its services ranging from surgeries to cancer treatment to remote villages.

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24. 26th May, Dedicated To Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Switzerland Called Science Day!

Dr. APJ abdul kalam
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25. In India, there is the only magnetic hill in India. Landmarked by a yellow notice board that spells out instructions and asks you place your car in neutral gear right on the spot marked by white paint, this one will leave you in awe as your car will begin to move uphill on its own.

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26. With over 40 Indian attractions on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site list is one of India’s 2 most beautiful cities – Ahmedabad and The Pink City, Jaipur! With Ahmedabad having traditional houses that are densely packed and an urban landscape layout that was frozen in time, this city is a much-deserved place on the list along with the Pink City’s unique landscape of pink structures that go back to the city’s historic rule. 

27. The name ‘India’ is derived from the river Indus. It is a valley around which people settled in earlier times.

28. The second-largest pool of engineers and scientists is from India.

29. Bollywood is the largest movie industry in terms of output, followed by Nollywood – the movie industry of Nigeria.

30. India is also the country in which the highest number of votes were cast for a national general election. In 2009, the country saw its 417 million people cast their votes in five phases to elect the 543 members of the 15th Lok Sabha.

31. Jyoti Kisange Amge is the world’s shortest living woman. She was born on 16 December 1993. She is 62.8 centimeters tall (2 ft 0.6 in.)

32. With 37 teeth in his mouth, Vijay Kumar V.A. from India has the most teeth in the world.

33. Indian railway employs more than a million people, making it the largest employers in the world.

34. The highest award in the country is Bharat Ratna.

35. ‘Zero’ in the number system was invented by a mathematician from India. His name was Aryabhatta.

36. Apart from the U.S. and Japan, only India has built a supercomputer indigenously.

37. The decimal system and place value system were developed in India around 100 B.C.

38. Snakes and ladders – the game, was invented in India in the 13th century by a poet saint Gyandev. The ladders represent the virtues while the snakes indicate vices. The game was designed on the basis of the concept that good deeds take you to heaven while bad deeds take you to hell.

39. India has the world’s largest attended events. The biggest of which is ‘Kumbha Mela’ of 2001 – attended by 60 million people and was seen from space.

40. The British Raj, or British rule, lasted from 1858 to 1947.

41. The Brihadeswara Temple is situated in Tamil Nadu is the first granite temple in the world. It was built in just five years during the 11th century.

42. Before the 18thcentury, India was one of the richest countries in the world.

43. The world’s highest battlefield (Siachin) is controlled by India.

44. The first mining of diamonds was done in India.

45. “Amar Sonar Bangla” the national anthem of Bangladesh is written by Rabindranath Tagore of Indian origin.

46. Adolf Hitler – the dictator – was a big fan of Major Dhyanchand. He even offered him German citizenship when India defeated Germany in 1936 in the Berlin Olympic Finals.

47. Kumbha Mela gathering visible from space The 2011 Kumbha Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.

48. The wettest inhabited place in the worldMawsynram, a village on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the world. Cherrapunji, also a part of Meghalaya, holds the record for the most rainfall in the calendar year of 1861.

49. The highest cricket ground in the world At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.

50. Shampooing is an Indian concept Shampoo that was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Great work 👍 #proudtobeindian🤘🤘

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