India is a fascinating country with stunning natural beauty, cultural treasures, historical attractions, spiritual wonders, delectable cuisines and much more. The seventh largest and second most populous country on earth has an endless number of exciting things to do and see for its travelers. If you are someone yet to visit this fascinating country in Asia, you should know the following 47 interesting facts about India to increase your interest to visit in the near future.
1-10 Interesting Facts About India
1. The True Meaning of “Hindu.”
The term “Hindu” is not mentioned (not even once) in Bhagavad Gita, Ramayan, Mahabharata. Foreigners used the name “Indus” about the river of that same name. Eventually, it became “Hindu” and the term became a religion.
2. Number 2 English Speaking Country in the World
India has multiple languages and dialects (local and regional). But that fact does not deter 10 percent of the Indian population to master the English language. That small percentage makes up 125 million English speaking Indian people. This number is responsible for making India the number 2 English speaking country in the world. This surely is one of the amazing facts about India.
3. Number 3 in Claiming World Records
Next to the United States and the United Kingdom, India is the third country in the world when it comes to claiming yearly records from the Guinness Book of World Records.
4. Mahatma Gandhi the Unofficial Father of the Nation
Contrary to what many believe, Mahatma Gandhi was not officially acknowledged by the Government of India as the Father of the Nation. Though Gandhi has been widely described by Indians as such, he never had that as his official title. It is one of the facts about India that many Indians don’t know.
5. Five Years Imprisonment for Adultery
If a man is found guilty of committing adultery (having a sexual relationship with a married woman without the husband’s consent), he will be sentenced to five years imprisonment. The woman, however, will not be liable for anything. The main reason why such a law exists is due to the intention of keeping the “purity of bloodline” of the children and avoiding burdening of the husband with supporting and providing for the children born out of the adulterous union. This strange law has to be one of the fun facts about India.
6. 3 Percent Tax Paying Indians
India has a population of 1.2 Billion and one of the interesting facts about India is only 3% pay income tax. There are good explanations for that. One, to pay income tax people who work in agricultural paying income tax. Second, two-thirds of the population are living in rural areas. Third, a large part of India’s economy is informal and unorganized labor, making it difficult for tax collection. It has regularly been argued, though, that the financial problems of India would be solved easily if the tax hole will be efficiently filled.
7. Lightweight Rocket
India’s first ever rocket was so lightweight that a bicycle was enough to transport it for launching at the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
8. The Kumbh Mela Festival
The Kumbh Mela is a religious gathering held every 12 years. In 2013, this festival recorded 30 million Hindu pilgrims, making it the largest religious gathering in the world. This is one of the lesser known interesting facts about India.
9. Spa for Elephants
One of the fun facts about India is that the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre gives elaborate and pampering spa treatments to elephants every year. The elephant yard in Kerala, India is attached to the Guruvayurappan Hindu temple, and it can host up to 59 elephants. No complaints can be heard from the elephants as they happily laze in water as people scrub their massive bodies.
10. Floating Post Office of India
The floating postal agency in Dal Lake was inaugurated on August 22nd of 2011 by Mr. Sacgin Pilot (Minister of State for Communications and IT and Mr. Omar Abdullah (Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir). India Post came up with this innovation to provide tourists with a star when they visit the lake.