20 Interesting Facts About India

  1. The Tirupati Balaji temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple both, receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.
  2. Every 12 years, a religious gathering called the Kumbh Mela occurs in India. It is the world’s largest gathering of people. The gathering is so large that the Kumbh Mela is visible from the space.
  3. Takshila is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC.
  4. The first Granite Temple of the world, the Brihadeswara Temple is situated in Tamil Nadu. It was built during the 11th century, in only five years.
  5. India is the world’s largest democracy, with 1.2 billion people.
  6. 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.
  7. India is the world’s largest producer of dried beans, such as kidney beans and chickpeas. It also leads the world in banana exports; Brazil is second.
  8. The Bengal tiger is India’s national animal. It was once ubiquitous throughout the country, but now there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left.
  9. The national fruit of India is the mango. The national bird is the peacock, which was initially bred for food
  10. Dancing is one of India’s most highly developed arts and was an integral part of worship in the inner shrines of every temple. It is notable for its expressive hand movements.
  11. India produces 70% of the world’s spices.
  12. The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class.
  13. More people in India have access to a phone than they do to a toilet.
  14. New Delhi’s air is the most polluted in the world.
  15. India has the lowest meat consumption per person in the world.
  16. Cows are considered sacred and as such can be found wandering freely throughout the country
  17. Many wives in India will not say their husbands name out loud as it is disrespectful
  18. Bollywood came about from Bombay, using the B as the name. The city was later renamed to Mumbai
  19. Black is out when it comes to Funerals. In India, white is the colour of choice.
  20. First Mining of Diamond was Done in India
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