45 Interesting Facts about India
Posted On 3. 10. 2019
- 1 EUR = 77,78 INR / 1 USD = 71,06 INR / 100INR = 33.0730 Kč (2.10.2019)
- Indian Standard Time (IST) = UTC +5.30
- International pre-dial number is +91
- The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India.
- India’s Hindu calendar has 6 seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal.
- Yoga originated in India 5000 years ago.
- It’s illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency(rupees) out of India.
- Breathing the air in Mumbai, India, for just one day is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
- The world’s biggest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children.
- Police officers in one state in India are given a slight pay upgrade for having a moustache.
- India has more mobile phones than toilets.
- Children’s Day is celebrated in India on November 14th, 9 months after Valentine’s Day.
- In West Bengal, India, cows must have a Photo ID Card.
- One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes.
- 70% of all the world’s spices come from India.
- Sex toys are illegal in India.
- India has the largest slave population in the modern world with over 14 million slaves.
- To earn enough to buy a Big Mac, the average person in India has to work almost 6 hours.
- India has more population than the entire Western Hemisphere of Earth.
- “Anal” is a language spoken in India and Burma by 23,000 people.
- In India, there is a vigilante group called the “Love Commandos” that offers protection from harassment to couples from different castes who fall in love.
- A con man in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
- The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class.
- In 1954, archaeologists excavating an 8th-century Viking settlement in Sweden found a Buddha statuette from India.
- Indian housewives hold 11% of the World’s Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.
- In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form.
- 74% of young Indians prefer an arranged marriage over a free-choice one, a 2013 survey found.
- Only about 1 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in the world.
- During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men. At least 38 Indians received the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.
- There’s an experimental township in India founded in 1968 and called Auroville, where citizens are from all over the world and there’s no money or religion.
- Farmers in India use Coca-Cola and Pepsi as cheap pesticides, according to the BBC.
- London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi.
- In some remote Indian villages, babies are dropped from the tops of temples and caught by adults below—it’s believed to bring good health.
- India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages.
- In 2016, an Indian bus driver became the first person in modern recorded history to be struck dead by a meteorite.
- The workforces of Colombia and India enjoy a leisurely 18 days off per year, making them the two countries with the most public holidays in the world.
- 93% of Indians work in informal, off-the-books jobs, and get paid in cash.
- A cow-smuggling tunnel was discovered in 2017 under the India–Pakistan border.
- Are you a vegetarian? You will fit right in here. With the majority of the population following Hinduism, around 29%-40% of the people are vegetarians.
- Second, only to the US, India has around 10% of its populace fluent in English. This statistic is expected to quadruple in the next decade.
- The Kumbh Mela is a spiritual event held once in 12 years in Northern India. In 2011, this religious gathering was so huge that it was visible in space through a satellite. It attracted over 70 million people.
- the first to have designed the world’s first bongo guitar, this instrumental guitarist from India holds a world record for having travelled 257 countries in 6 years, 6 months and 22 days. Travel goals much?
- India is the World’s Largest Importer of Arms, but have never invaded another country
- Indian’s invented chess, buttons, shampoo, cotton, the ruler, wireless communication, snakes and ladders, and diamond mining
- The are that India consists of today was once an island. However, this was a very long time ago, about 100 million years ago to be more precise, when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The ancient supercontinent is referred to as Gondwanaland. Some 50 million years ago, Gondwanaland collided with Asia. This event formed the Himalayas, where you can see the world’s tallest mountains.