Top 10 Amazing Facts About India: India is a country that never fails to amaze in every aspect of life. In the words of Mark Twain, “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
1. India Moves Northward With Passing Time:
When the dinosaurs existed, around 100 million years ago, the Indian subcontinent was an island. The movement of the continental plates for 50 million years, consistently led to India colliding with Asia and in the process forming the Himalayas. The plate continues to move till date, which is one of the reasons Mount Everest’s height increases every year.
2. Largest Producer and Consumer of Mangoes:
India is the largest producer and consumer of mangoes every year. The country has more than a hundred of varieties of mangoes, of which only 30 are used for commercial use.
3. A Floating Post Office:
with 1, 55, 015 post offices, India has the largest postal networks in the world. Each post office serves 7,715 people every day. A unique post office was inaugurated in August 2011 in Dal Lake Srinagar. The post office floats on water and delivers posts on the move.
4. Kumbh Mela, the Largest Gathering in the World:
Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people in the world. In 2013, the Mela witnessed 130 million pilgrims. The gathering was so dense that it was visible from the satellites circling the earth and above India at that time.
Mark Twain said about the Mela, “It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites.”
5. Mumbai Sea Link Wires Can Circle Earth’s Circumference:
The Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai is made out of complete steel wires. It took a total of 2, 57,00, 000 hours to finish the structure. It is also estimated to weigh as much as 50,000 African elephants. The steel cables that the architectural marvel is hung up on are long enough to circle the earth’s circumference.
6. The Land of Spices:
Indians have the unique capability of adding spices to everything they eat. No wonder that the country is one of the biggest users of spices in the world. It is estimated to be a producer of 70% of spices in the whole world.
7. Highest Cricket Ground In World:
India also holds the record for the highest cricket ground in the world at 2,444 meters elevation. Located in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, the Chail Cricket Ground was built in 1893 as part of the Chail Military School.
8. Indian Kabaddi Team Won All the World Cups:
The Indian Men’s Kabaddi Team has won all the 5 World Cups conducted. Proving that women are no less, the Indian Women’s Kabaddi has also maintained an undefeated record of all the World Cups till date.
9. India Also Holds Many Records in the Science Field:
From transporting their first rocket on a cycle, India has come a long way. India holds the honor of being the country that proved the prior existence of water on the Moon. The Chandrayaan-1, using the Moon Mineralogy Mapper in September 2009, detected water on Moon for the first time.
APJ Abdul Kalam, the father of India’s Missile Programme visited Switzerland in 2006. In his honor, the country declared May 26th as Science Day.
India also recently set the record for the launch 104 satellites from ISRO at Sriharikota in a single flight.
10. India has a spa for elephants
Elephants in India have their own spa in some areas. They receive baths, massages, and even food at the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre in Kerala.