Challenge your friends with these 15 Incredible Facts about India
How well do you know your country?
The land of tradition, culture and knowledge is here to bewilder with fun facts and gripping tales of history. If you think you know your country well enough, think again.
1. First and Only Floating Post Office in the world at Dal Lake, Srinagar.
2. World’s highest motorable village, Komic, at an altitude of around 15,027 feet above sea level lies in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Time to explore the divine rugged mountain beauty of Spiti valley, what say?
3. Nanda Devi Raaj Jaat is the world’s longest pilgrimage on foot, and it takes place once in every 12 years.
Devotees come to the DevBhoomi, Uttarakhand to embark upon 143 miles of arduous walking over the course of three weeks. Interestingly, Samskrit, one of the oldest language in the world, is also the official language of Uttarakhand along with Hindi.
4. The Magical Iron Pillar that has been standing tall in the complex of Qutub Minar without rusting for over 2,000 years
4. The first state in India to have 100 per cent rural electrification: Haryana
5. With 953 windows, Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without a solid foundation!
Built-in the shape of a crown, the palace has no front entrance and was designed to keep the building cool during the hot summers of Rajasthan. You might be surprised to know that every city in Rajasthan is colour-coded. For instance, Jaipur is Pink, Jodhpur is Blue, Jhalawar is Purple, and Udaipur is white.
6. Hanuwantiya, an island in Madhya Pradesh, hosts India’s only water carnival, Jal Mahotsav, every year.
Yes, that’s right, India has its own water festival! To book your stay at the scenic island click here !
7. Seraikella Chhau, the folk dance of Jharkhand evolved from an ancient martial arts technique called Parikhanda
8. Nalanda University, the first residential university in the world is located in Bihar
Established in 5th century A.D., Nalanda University was once a breeding ground of wisdom and intellect. The Nalanda library had more than nine million manuscripts. When the library was set ablaze by the army of BakhtiyarKhilji, it took more than three months for it to burn down in ashes.
9. India’s first fully organic state Sikkim is the only state with monasteries from all four schools of Buddhism
10. Welcome to world’s largest river island, Majuli in Assam
11. Asia’s biggest all-women run market, Ima Keithel is in Manipur
The 500 years old market has more than 4,000 women traders selling different wares.
12. Ziona Chana and his 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren live in a four-story house with 100 rooms in Mizoram
It’s the world’s largest family with 180 members and counting.
13. Unakoti in Tripura is said to have 9,999,999 idols
Unakoti literally translates to one less than 10 million. It’s the most unique Hindu deity Shiva’s pilgrimage.
14. The Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya
Made from rubber tree roots, these living bridges have been growing for more than 500 years. They are strong enough to hold over 50 people at one time.
15. The architectural wonder of Konark Temple, Odisha
Its main attraction is the twelve pairs of wheels located at the base of the temple. The spokes of these wheels create a sundial, which helps to calculate the exact time by looking at the shadow cast by the spokes.
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