“Saare jahan se accha Hindustan hamara!”

Muhammad Iqbal

We all grew up singing this song quite enthusiastically, didn’t we? We hold great pride in being Indians and are extremely proud of India. But our pride doesn’t just come from the monuments and the natural beauty that our country houses in its heart, but also for the many feats India has achieved over the years. With its constant onward march towards success, there are bound to be many facts about India that many may not be aware of.

facts about india

We present to you a list of incredible facts about India that are sure to make you brag about our country and feel prouder about being an Indian.

Also Read: 75 Milestone Moments In Indian History

Let’s go!

• Many Inventions and Discoveries come from India:

A statue of Maharshi Shushruta, "Father of surgery" and "Father of Plastic Surgery" in patanjali yogpeeth
A STATUE OF MAHARSHI SHUSHRUTA, “FATHER OF SURGERY” AND “FATHER OF PLASTIC SURGERY” IN PATANJALI YOGPEETH
Image Credit: Anuja Mukhopadhyay
Knight black chess piece on chessboard
THE GAME OF CHESS
A game of snakes and ladders
THE GAME OF SNAKES AND LADDERS
The number "Zero"
THE NUMBER “ZERO”
Value of "Pi"
VALUE OF “PI”
Trigonometry
TRIGONOMETRY
Calculus
CALCULUS
Algebra
ALGEBRA
A lady performing yoga
YOGA
Ayurveda
AYURVEDA
Shampoo
SHAMPOO

• Sanskrit – the Mother of Languages, is the Oldest Language in the World.

Sanskrit Text
SANSKRIT TEXT

• World’s Largest Family stays in Mizoram- 1 man, his 39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Ziona Chana and his family
ZIONA CHANA AND HIS FAMILY
Image Credit:
DNA India

• Asia’s Largest River Island – Majuli Island is in India (Assam)

Majuli Island
MAJULI ISLAND
Majuli Island
MAJULI ISLAND

• Diamonds were mined only in India until 1896

Cut and polished diamond
CUT AND POLISHED DIAMOND

• 70% of the World’s spices come from India

Variety of spices
VARIETY OF SPICES

• Second Largest English Speaking Country after the USA

MORE THAN 13 CRORE INDIANS SPEAK ENGLISH

• In 2014, India was declared Polio Free

Bollywood is the Most Prominent Film Producer, with over 1,100 movies every year.

Collage of Bollywood Actors
COLLAGE OF BOLLYWOOD ACTORS
Image Credit: Travel.ure

10th Largest Gold Reserve with Indian women owning up to 11% of the Total World’s Gold.

An Indian bride decked in gold jewelry
AN INDIAN BRIDE DECKED IN GOLD JEWELRY

The Third Country in the World after the USA and UK with the Most Records in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Guinness World Records
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
Image Credit: Ken Wolter

Places:

One of the World’s Oldest Surviving Cities, Varanasi, is 5,000 years old. It is “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together” as Mark Twain said. So when are you planning your Varanasi holiday?

City of Varanasi overlooking river Ganga
CITY OF VARANASI OVERLOOKING RIVER GANGA
Priests performing Ganga Aarti in Varanasi
PRIESTS PERFORMING GANGA AARTI IN VARANASI
Image Credit:
arun sambhu mishra

Last Untouched Place on Earth – The North Sentinel Island.

North Sentinel Island
NORTH SENTINEL ISLAND
Image Credit: Indian Eagle Facebook Page

• Siachen Glacier – has the World’s Highest Helipad (21,000 feet) and is the World’s Highest and Coldest battlefield (20,000 feet).

Indian soldiers at world's highest battlefield in Siachen
INDIAN SOLDIERS AT THE WORLD’S HIGHEST AND COLDEST BATTLEFIELD IN SIACHEN
Image Credit:
Hindustan News Hub
Indian Air Force helicopter in Siachen
INDIAN AIR FORCE HELICOPTER IN SIACHEN
Image Credit:
DNA India

• India is home to Skeleton Lake which is filled with skeletons. So, if you are planning your Uttarakhand holidays add in a trek to the unusual Roop Kund Lake.

Roop Kund Lake
ROOP KUND LAKE
Human skeletal remains found in Roopkund Lake
HUMAN SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND IN ROOPKUND LAKE

• Coke and Pepsi are used as pesticides in some places. Consider this as one of the crazy facts about India.

A can of Coke and Pepsi
CANS OF COKE AND PEPSI

• On your next Kerala holiday, visit a Spa for Elephants at the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre.

Elephant at Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre
ELEPHANT AT PUNNATHOOR COTTA ELEPHANT YARD REJUVENATION CENTRE
Image Credit: Kerala Tourism

• Most Visited Place in the World Golden Temple serves free meals to thousands of people.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar
THE GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR
Pilgrims eating food in the food area at the Harimandir Sahib, the Golden temple complex in Amritsar
PILGRIMS EATING FOOD IN THE FOOD AREA AT THE HARIMANDIR SAHIB, THE GOLDEN TEMPLE COMPLEX IN AMRITSAR
Image Credit: PradeepGaurs

• Howrah Bridge was built without using any nuts and bolts. It was made using a tensile alloy Tiscrom provided by Tata Steel in 1942.

Howrah Bridge
HOWRAH BRIDGE, KOLKATA

• First Granite Temple in the World -The Brihadeeshwar Temple, built in 1010 AD at Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Brihadeeshwar Temple, Thanjavur
BRIHADEESHWAR TEMPLE, THANJAVUR
Brihadeeshwar Temple, Thanjavur
BRIHADEESHWAR TEMPLE, THANJAVUR

• On your Rajasthan Trip, do visit the Temple of Rats

Karni Mata Rat Temple in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
KARNI MATA RAT TEMPLE IN BIKANER, RAJASTHAN
Image Credit:
Sun_Shine

People:

• Rabindranath Tagore was the First Indian and the First Asian to win a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Rabindranath Tagore with MK Gandhi in Shantiniketan
RABINDRANATH TAGORE WITH MAHATMA GANDHI IN SHANTINIKETAN
Image Credit: ABP Live

• Musician Benny Prasad holds the World Record for traveling to 254 countries in the world (6 years 6 months and 22 days). Feeling inspired? You can take a tour around the world too! Just book any of our International tour packages. We assure you that we will make sure your travel visa process will be hassle-free no matter which place you choose.

Musician Benny Prasad with his Guinness World Record
MUSICIAN BENNY PRASAD WITH HIS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Image Credit:
Benny Prasad

• Google, Alphabet, Microsoft, Twitter, Chanel, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and many more companies have Indian-origin CEOs.

Indian origin CEOs

• Freddie Mercury was of Indian descent and was considered the World’s First Indian Rockstar

CDs and artwork of the special edition of two solo album by Freddie Mercury.
CDS AND ARTWORK OF THE SPECIAL EDITION OF TWO SOLO ALBUMS BY FREDDIE MERCURY.
Image Credit:
Kraft74

• Sachin Tendulkar was the First Cricketer Ever to Score a Double Century in ODI Cricket. He also holds the Record for the Highest Centuries Overall, Highest Centuries in ODI, and Highest Centuries in Test Matches and is the Only Player to have More Than 30,000 runs to his name and played the Most Number of Matches.

Sachin Tendulkar
SACHIN TENDULKAR
Image Credit:
Times of India

• Vishwanathan Anand was the First Indian Grandmaster and has won the World Championships 5 times.

Viswanathan Anand
VISWANATHAN ANAND
Image Credit: NDTV

India and Space:

• First Indian Rocket was transported on a bicycle and today India has One of the Top 5 Space Programs in the World.

First Indian Rocket
FIRST INDIAN ROCKET
Image Credit:
India Times

• India is the Fourth Country in the World to have placed its flag on the moon.

• Chandrayaan-1 of ISRO Discovered Water on the Moon!

Images released by NASA showing traces of ice on Moon
IMAGES RELEASED BY NASA SHOW TRACES OF ICE ON THE MOON
Image Credit:
NDTV
Launch of Chandrayaan-1
LAUNCH OF CHANDRAYAAN-1
Image Credit:
India TV News

• ISRO set a World Record of 104 satellites launched in orbit in a Single Mission.

ISRO launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO LAUNCHED A RECORD 104 SATELLITES ON A SINGLE ROCKET FROM SRIHARIKOTA IN ANDHRA PRADESH.
Image Credit:
NDTV

• The Only Nation to Complete Mars Mission in the First Attempt (India’s Mars orbiter – Mangalyaan was made at the Lowest Cost Worldwide).

India's Mars Orbiter Mission - Mangalyaan
INDIA’S MANGALYAAN
Image Credit:
DNA

All the Superlatives:

• Cruise along the World’s Highest Motorable Road, Umling La Pass at 19,300 ft on your Ladakh holidays.

Uming La Pass
UMLING LA PASS
Image Credit: The Hindu

• Planning your Jaipur holidays? Visit the World’s Largest Sundial which is 90 feet high and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The world's largest stone sundial that can give the local time to an accuracy of 2 seconds.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST STONE SUNDIAL THAT CAN GIVE THE LOCAL TIME WITH AN ACCURACY OF 2 SECONDS.
Image Credit: Mukesh Kumar Jwala

• Largest number of Post Offices in the World, including the World’s Highest Post Office (Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh-14,567 feet) and a Floating Post Office (Dal Lake, Sri Nagar).

World's Highest Office, Hikkim, Himachal Pradesh
WORLD’S HIGHEST POST OFFICE, HIKKIM, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Image Credit: Oscar Espinosa
Floating Post Office, Dal Lake
FLOATING POST OFFICE, DAL LAKE, SRINAGAR
Image Credit: India Times

• Nalanda was the World’s First Residential University.

Ruins of Nalanda
RUINS OF NALANDA
Ruins OF Nalanda
RUINS OF NALANDA

• Wettest Inhabited Place on the Planet – Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 11,873 mm of rain yearly and should definitely be in your Meghalaya holiday itinerary.

Foggy mountains of Mansynram
FOGGY MOUNTAINS OF MANSYNRAM

• World’s Highest Bridge – Bailey Bridge (18,379 feet) was constructed by the Indian Army in 1982 in Ladakh.

Bailey Bridge
BAILEY BRIDGE
Image Credit: HPCL Facebook Page

• World’s Highest Railway Bridge – Chenab Railway Bridge (1,532 feet).

Chenab Rail Bridge
CHENAB RAILWAY BRIDGE
Image Credit:
NDTV

• Indian National Kabaddi Team has won all 3 Kabaddi World Cups.

Indian Kabaddi Team with the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup trophy
INDIAN KABADDI TEAM WITH 2016 KABADDI WORLD CUP TROPHY
Image Credit:
CricTracker

• World’s Tallest Statue – The Statue of Unity (600 feet).

Statue of Unity
STATUE OF UNITY
Image Credit: chetan001

• Largest Producer Of:

Milk, Cashew Nuts, Coconut, Turmeric, and Black Pepper.
MILK, CASHEW NUTS, COCONUT, TURMERIC, AND BLACK PEPPER

• Second Largest Producer Of:

Inland Fish, Rice, Tea, Sugar, Wheat, and Groundnut.
INLAND FISH, RICE, TEA, SUGAR, WHEAT, AND GROUNDNUT  

India is indeed incredible! Just pick any Indian destination from our India tour packages and see for yourself just how majestic and amazing our country is.

Also Read: 20 places in India that feels International

Be it past or present, India has left its mark all over the world’s timeline and plans to do so in the future as well! And we can’t wait to play a part in our country’s upcoming achievements!

Also Read: 13 Travel Destinations Where the Indian Rupee Makes You Feel Richer

Know any proud facts about India, surprising facts about India, or other OMG facts about India that we missed? Drop a comment and let us know your favourite facts about India!

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