10 Interesting Facts about India

  1. India is the world’s second-largest English speaking country: India is second only to the USA when it comes to speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the language, which is only 10% of our population. This is expected to grow by quite a margin in the coming years.
  2. The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle: The first rocket was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  3. Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam: The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.
  4. Water on the moon was discovered by India: In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
  5. The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all World Cups: India has won all 5 men’s Kabaddi World Cups held till now and have been undefeated throughout these tournaments. The Indian women’s team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date.
  6. The highest cricket ground in the world: At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.
  7. Kumbh Mela gathering visible from space: The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space
  8. A floating post office: India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011
  9. Shampooing is an Indian concept: Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage
  10. The first country to consume sugar: India was the first country to develop extraction and purifying techniques of sugar. Many visitors from abroad learnt therefining and cultivation of sugar from us.


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