Top 10 Surprising Facts About India You Might Not Know

Top 10 Surprising Facts About India You Might Not Know

India is incredible. We all know that right? But today we are gonna go through some amazing facts about our country that makes it even more incredible.

So let’s get started.

1.Kumbh Mela gathering visible from space

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

2.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.

Water on the moon was discovered by India

In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.

3.India has over 300,000 mosques and over 2 million Hindu temples

Get ready to be awed and amazed by all the stunning architecture India has to offer. About 15% of India’s population is Muslim. The mosques across the country range from small village buildings to immense famous ones, like the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad or the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

The same can be said about India’s Hindu temples, which surpass two million to serve the 79.8% of India’s Hindu population.

4.Home of a mysterious skeleton lake

Located in the Himalayas at about 16,470 feet, the glacial Lake Roopkund has become famous for the human skeletons found in the lake and surrounding areas.

It is thought that the skeletons are the remains of people from the 9th century who perished during a severe hail storm.

5.Most Indians eat with only their fingers

It’s customary in India to eat food with your fingers, including rice, sauces, meats, and vegetables. Some people argue that to truly enjoy an authentic Indian curry, it’s a requirement to eat the dish with your hands. 

6.India has the highest population of vegetarians

It’s estimated that between 15% and 30% of India’s population follow a strict vegetarian diet, while many others will only consume fish and no land animals.

7.The Taj Mahal is slowly changing color

Perhaps the most iconic landmark in India, the majestic white walls of the Taj Mahal are something almost every traveler dreams of seeing.

However, due to pollution and contaminants in the air, the marble walls are slowly transforming from white into a yellow color.

8.India is the world’s second-largest English speaking country

India is second only to the USA when it comes to speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the language, which is only 10% of our population. This is expected to grow by quite a margin in the coming years.

9.India was the first country to mine diamonds

From the 4th century BC for around 1,000 years, India was the only source of diamonds in the world. The original diamonds were found in the Krishna River Delta.

In the 18th century, more diamond deposits were discovered in Brazil, and soon after, in South Africa, adding to the market of diamonds.

10.There are a lot of holidays

In 2019, India recorded 26 official holidays, including Independence Day, Deepavali, Holi, and Christmas.

The wide range of celebrations comes from the fact that so many different cultural groups are blended in the Indian population, leading to a plethora of holidays and festivals.

That is it for today. We have an endless number of reasons that make our India incredible. 

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