60+ Interesting Facts about India

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With a population of 141.72 crores, 780 local languages, 116 monuments, 76 tourist attractions, 6.48 lakh temples, and so on, India, a country in the Asian continent, can truly be called “Incredible India” in all its senses. Bustling with different cultures, religions, and languages sheltered under the same roof, India is a sheer spectacle to everyone who visits. People living in India may already know many amazing facts about India, but there’s always a scope for learning more. Scroll to learn different interesting facts about India.  

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Top 10 Facts about India

India is more than just a representation of a tricolour flag, or unity in diversity. You may feel the same after learning the following facts about this country. 

Chess was Invented in India

It was invented in the Gupta dynasty in the 6th century. Now the game of chess is played in more than 170 countries. 

Brihadeshwara Temple is the World’s First Granite Temple

The Brihadeshwara temple is situated in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, a state in India. It is a Lord Shiva temple which dates back to 1000 years ago. 

The Taj Mahal is a Tomb

Do you think the Taj Mahal is a palace? An interesting fact about the Taj Mahal is that it is a tomb. The Taj Mahal is also one of the “Wonders of the World.” 

India is the Largest Democracy in the World

Yes, you heard that right. The largest democracy in the world is India. The government of the people, by the people, and for the people is what a Democracy is known to be. 

Kashi is the Oldest Inhabited City

Kashi, presently known as Varanasi is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. This city is said to be there for almost 2500 years. 

Ladakh has an Anti-Gravity Hill

Long bike rides in Ladakh sound perfect but do you know there is an anti-gravity hill in Ladakh? The Magnetic Hill in Ladakh on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway defies all the laws of gravity. 

Indian Himalayas have a Skeleton Lake

A high-altitude glacial lake, Roopkund also known as Skeleton Lake is in the Indian Himalayas. This is in Uttarakhand and is known for hundreds of skeletons with undiscovered origins. 

India was the only Diamond-Mining Nation till 1730

In 800 BC, India recorded accounts of diamond mining making it the only country to have diamonds till the 1730s.

India is the Second-Largest English Speaking Country

As per an article by Transly.EU, English is the second-largest English-speaking country in the world. 

Dalai Lama Operated From Dharamshala

Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhists’ exiled spiritual leader, is running his government in exile from a place in Himachal Pradesh, India, called “Dharamshala.”

Well, these were the top 10 interesting facts about India. You can read on to learn some top facts about ancient India. 

Facts About India for Kids

India is a land of diverse cultures with 29 states having different cultures and religions. There’s more to India than just this basic information about India, so let’s dive right into it. 

  1. India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. For more reference, watch the movie Mohenjo Daro. 
  1. India is the most populated country in the world with a population of  1,428,627,663. You can also use this amazing fact about India in your school assembly. 
  1. If any of your acquaintances live outside India, they must know that India’s spice and flavours are unbeatable. India is the world’s largest producer of spices

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  1. The Ganges River is well known to be a holy river of all the Hindus in India. It is spread across 2,525 km (1,569 mi). 
  1. The practice of Yoga that is followed throughout the world was first born in India and Lord Shiv is known as Adiyogi, the one who gave birth to it. 

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  1. Diwali is a widely celebrated festival throughout India with lights, gifts, and fireworks. 
  1. Snake charming or the activity of hypnotizing the snake through a flute is famous in India. Although with changes in the Wildlife Protection Acts, this practice has become illegal 
  1. The national animal of India is a tiger. This is a basic fact about India. But do you know in detail this tiger is called Bengal Tiger? 
  1. India has a great history in mathematical subjects. The birth of zero, and the birth of the number system we use, all of it was done in India. 
  1. The most interesting fact about India is that auto rickshaws AKA tuk-tuk are the widely used vehicle. 

Facts About Indian culture

Some facts about India in terms of culture might be known to you depending on your cultural beliefs. Either way, these will be eye-opening amazing facts about India. 

  1. India gave birth to certain religions like- Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Till now, all these religions are practised throughout the nation.
  1. In an interview with David Lettermen, Aishwarya Rai, an Indian actress said “We don’t have to make appointments with our parents to meet for dinner.” This dialogue signifies that in Indian culture family is put at the top priority. 
  1. The clothing culture in India is very diverse. For instance, in Punjab the Salwar Kurta holds cultural signifies, in Kerala, a white saree, and so on. 
  1. This unknown fact about India will woo you. India is the largest producer of films in the world and Bollywood is the second-oldest film industry in the world.

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  1. We are sure you might have heard an interesting fact about India that Indians’ hospitality is unbeatable. There’s a phrase that best describes our hospitality, “Atithi Devo Bhava.”
  1. More number of Indians, as compared to other nationalities, like to have vegetarian food. For eg, 20-39% of Indians are vegetarians as compared to 13% of Israelis. One of the reasons may be that it is a part of their culture. Therefore, some of your friends might not be eating the chicken on Tuesdays. 
  1. Namaste! This is the phrase Indians use to greet people with closed hands and bowed heads. 
  1. Although India is a country with 28 states and different languages, the official languages are English and Hindi. 
  1. The most popular sport in India is cricket, which at the early stages of schooling is called gilli danda. 
  1. The famous quote we use, “Unity in Diversity, was coined by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, in his book “Discovery of India.”

10 Historical Facts About India

Till now we have completed basic facts, cultural facts, and kids’ facts, and now, we move to ancient facts about India. 

  1. The storytelling which is a major part of Indian culture can be traced to Indian folks- Ramayana and Mahabharata. To date, it is reenacted at different functions. 
  1. The term guru that we use for our teachers finds its relevance in the ancient Indian Gurukuls. Moreover, teachers academically help students, but the interesting hidden fact is that a guru can morally and academically benefit students. 
  1. The above historical fact brings us to yet another fact. The best and most common way to greet a guru is by joining hands in the namaste position and then touching the feet.   
  1. A social hierarchy given to us at the time of birth, like Brahmin, Shudra, etc, was born in ancient Indian times. However lately, the relevance of such caste systems is vanishing. 

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  1. The balance between mind, body, and soul is called Yoga. This is lately getting westernized with more people practising it, was established by Adiyogi. 
  1. The medical segment Ayurveda was a gift of India to the world. It is an ancient Indian system of medicine. 
  1. India was a land of powerful empires and you can still witness some of the monuments made in ancient India. Some powerful dynasties were the Mughal Empire, Mauryan Empire, etc. 
  1. India is very well known for its spices. This interesting fact about India is mentioned above, but what isn’t known to people is that there was a trade route in ancient India specifically for the spice trade. This trade route was called the Silk Route. 
  2. We all had a Hindi syllabus where we learned about the Kalidas, a famous poet. Well! This is a basic fact about India that everyone should know. He emerged as a famous poet in ancient India. 
  1. Sangam Literature, the era of love, war, and cultural poems in Tamil flourished in this period. 

Geography Facts about India

We have covered the interesting fact about the population of India previously. Let’s hop to more proud facts about India and roll our sleeves more. 

  1. The northern part of India is covered with the mighty Himalayas, Deccan India is covered with plateaus, and the south is covered in peninsular areas. 
  1. Do you know in terms of land, India is the 7th largest country in the world? The total area is 3.287 million km² which all 28 states come.  

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  1. The Himalayas are actually the youngest fold mountain range in the entire world. The word Himalaya means “abode of snow”. 
  1. India has 8 major river systems in India, with more than 400 rivers in total. They are Indus, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Tapi, Godavari, Krishna and Mahanadi.
  1. India has a very long coastline, and it is 516.6 km bordering the mainland and the islands with the Indian Ocean on the South, the Bay of Bengal in the East, and the Arabian Sea on the West.
  1. This Indian fact brings us to the next interesting fact about India. Out of 28 states in India, nine states are coastal states. 

The coastal states of India are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Odisha

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  1. The Thar Desert is the most widely populated desert in the world, with a population density of 83 people per km. Moreover, about 40% of Rajasthan’s population resides in the Thar desert. 
  1. An interesting and proud fact about India is that it is home to 33% of the world’s plant species. It is estimated that India has around 18,000 species of flowering plants and 50,000 species of plants
  1. The Indian Ocean plays an important role in the trade and commerce of the nation. Therefore, India’s location is considered strategic. 
  1. India falls in the Southeast Asian continent. Well, this might not be an unknown fact to you but do you know the Indian landmass has a focal area between East and West Asia? 

Fascinating General Knowledge Facts About India

With top general knowledge facts about India, we come to the end of this article. 

  1. India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic and is best known to be the world’s largest democracy
  1. India’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in six quarters at 8.4%. The reasons are private consumption and upbeat manufacturing and construction activity. 
  1. As per the 2020 Global Innovation Index report, India is a thriving technology industry.  
  1. India has more than 50% of its population of age group 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35. Therefore, India is a youth population. 
  1. The Hindi Cinema, Bollywood is not confined to just India, it has a massive following among Western audiences. 
  1. Do you know the first highest box office-performing movie in the overseas market was Aradhana, in 1969 at $14,290,000? 
  1. Musical extravaganza was not a Hollywood concept people! It was India’s cinema, Bollywood that invented it. 
  1. The first university in the world was in Takshila, a part of India, in 700 BC. 
  1. The decimal system that the world uses presently, was an invention based in India. 
  1. The state in South India, Kerala is famous for its backwater. Next time you visit this amazing place, visit the backwaters
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