India is the absolute center of world heritage and has been jotted on the world map for ages. It is understood that very human civilization started in the South Asian parts of the world, and it is for that very reason that there are so many people of so many different cultures residing in a country like India. In fact, India is the most culturally and lingually diverse country, even more so than the USA. There are so many fascinating facts about India that we will be providing you with in a nutshell.
Fascinating Facts about India – Interesting
Pollution is a very serious concern in many urban and even rural areas of India. The blame for that mostly goes to the mishandled population that just keeps on growing and growing. The pollution problem in India is so immense that 14 out of the 20 most populated cities in the world are from India. Delhi is, in fact, the most polluted city in the world and not Beijing like most people would believe. Another one of fascinating facts about India is that breathing in the air of Mumbai for one day is equivalent to smoking 5 packs of cigarettes.
9. Kumbh’s Festival
Kumbh’s festival, locally known as ‘Kumbh ka Mela,’ is the largest human gathering in the entire world. It is held every 3 years and is rotating between four different cities; Ujjain, Haridwar, Nashik, and Allahabad. The biggest gathering is reported to be in Allahabad every 12 years, and it has reported exceeding the 100 million mark in the previous two gatherings. The 55-day festival is so big that it is not uncommon for parents to be separated from their children or vice-a-versa.
8. The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is one of the 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites that are currently operating in Indian state. Compared to that, USA – which is so much bigger than India regarding land – has only 23. Taj Mahal was disguised as a scaffold during the WW2 to make it appear as a stockpile of Bamboos to the enemy fighter pilots. It was disguised again in the 1971 war against Pakistan.
That is one of a fascinating facts about Indian state that its most famous world heritage site, a modern wonder, was repeatedly sold by a conman to unsuspecting parties. He managed to sell some other famous world heritage sites and even the Indian parliament itself. He was sentenced to 113 years in Jail, which he last escaped at the age of 84; a total of 9 times.
7. Braille Markings on Bills
India, like some other countries, practices the custom of producing currency with braille markings on top. It is done so that blind people can feel the bill they are holding in their hands. Apart from India, this method is practiced by Mexico, Russia, UK, Israel, Canada and a few others.
6. Richest men on the Planet
India may be notorious because of its poverty, but the diversity of its culture and the status of people also mean that there are people that have buttloads of money. One of a fascinating facts about India is that the 25 richest men in India have the combined net worth of $174.8 billion, which is more than Uruguay, Bulgaria and Croatia’s GDP combined.
Mukesh Ambani is the richest man in Indian country with a net worth of 20.8 billion dollars. He also owns the most expensive home in the world that he built in Mumbai for 1.2 billion dollars. It is a 27-story building with hanging gardens and three helipads along with several other amenities, staff, and luxuries that people like us can’t even fathom.
5. The Big Population
It is estimated that by 2050, India’s population will amass to 1.6 billion, which will be equal to China’s and USA’s population combined. Even if you don’t go that far and only look at the current population of this nation, which is approaching 1.3 billion; it is more than the population of the entire western hemisphere. Yes, we are talking about whole two continents; South America and North America.
4. Rich and Generous Temples
Many Indian temples are very rich because of the donations made to them in the name of their gods, and many of them offer refuge and food to the poor in return. The Golden Temple in Indian state is famous for feeding over a 100,000 people every day, regardless of what religion or class they belong to. The food is served in the form of a ‘Langar’. These temples can afford to serve each day because of their amazing reserves. Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala is marked as the richest temple in the world. Their vaults were opened for the very first time in 2011 for over 130 years, and it was full of silver, gold and other precious stones and gems; all of which amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars.
3. Slaving traditions and poverty
Even though the world is almost rid of its official slaving traditions, some parts of India still has large numbers of slaves. Current estimates of total slaves in India are well over 14 million people. World Bank estimates that 24% of Indians are below the poverty line, which is purchasing power below $1.25 per day. One of a fascinating facts about India is that 320 million people are below the poverty line, more than the entire population of USA. An average Indian has to work more than six hours to earn enough to afford a big mac.
2. Big Families
India is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and it is the second largest populated country. As such, it is a no-brainer that there are going to be big families in India. The biggest family in the world is in India with a man having 39 wives and 94 children. The biggest family of doctors is also in India where one family of Rajasthan boasts 31 doctors.
India is the center of world’s spices and herbs. One of a fascinating facts about India is that 70% of all the spices in the world are cultivated here. It also has the world’s largest spice market; Khari Baoli; which is located in Old Delhi.
There are so many fascinating facts about India and what we have provided you with may just be the icing on a humongous cake of facts.