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40 Facts About India You Certainly Didn't Know Before

Vacation in India | 12 comments Last update on 05/09/2019

India is enchanting, fascinating and shocking at the same time. The country has a thousand faces. That is also the reason why many people cannot decide whether to love or hate India. One thing is certain, however: India is a country of extremes. Today I'm going to introduce you to some of these extremes.

1. With 1.6 million employees, the Indian railways are the largest employer in the world.

2. 11 million travelers travel on Indian trains every day.

3. The word shampoo comes from a Hindi word (in sanscript champu) and means massage.

4. The Hindu festival Kumbh Mela is the largest event in the world with 100 million visitors.

5. The Hindu calendar in India has six seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and early spring.

6. It is forbidden to export Indian currency.

7. If you breathe the air for a day in Mumbai, that equates to the same exposure as smoking 100 cigarettes.

8. The typical Hollywood stereotype of an Indian with a full beard and a turban goes back to the Sikhs, who make up only 2% of the Indian population.

9. Two million children die of malnutrition in India every year.

10. Before the colonial rule of the British there was no unified state of India.

11. There are approximately 330,000 gods in Hinduism.

12. The left hand is considered unclean in India because it is mostly used as a substitute for toilet paper.

13. According to studies, around 12 million girls have been aborted in the past 20 years.

14. The largest family in the world lives in India: a man had 94 children with 39 women.

15. There are more cell phones than toilets in India.

16. In the center of Amritsar there is the first vegetarian McDonalds branch in the world.

17. In India, Children's Day is celebrated on November 14th, nine months after Valentine's Day.

18. In West Bengal, cows must have a photo ID.

19. A woman dies every hour in India because the husband can hope for another dowry if he remarries.

20. 70% of all spices in the world come from India.

21. Every Sunday and public holiday, the one palace in Mysore is illuminated with 80,000 lightbulbs.

22. Sex toys are banned in India.

23. India has the largest number of slaves in the world: there are said to be 14 million slaves here. A study by the Australian NGO Walk Free Foundation assumes there are 30 million slaves worldwide.

24. With the average Indian income, it takes about six hours to work to afford a Bic Mac.

25. "Anal" is a language spoken by 23,000 people in India and Myanmar.

26. An Indian airline only employs female stewardesses because they weigh less and save US $ 500,000 a year.

27. The oldest national park in India was named after the poacher Jim Corbett.

28. In the Golden Temple of Amritsar, around 80,000 people are fed free of charge every day.

29. In Sweden archaeologists discovered an Indian Buddha statue from the 8th century when excavating a Viking settlement in 1954.

30. 11% of the world's gold deposits are in Indian households. That is more than the gold reserves from the International Monetary Fund, Germany, the USA and Switzerland combined.

31. Global warming resolved a conflict between India and Bangladesh. The two countries fought over an island that has now disappeared into the sea.

32. India is the country with the most mosques.

33. India has 15 times more inhabitants than Germany.

34. The Indian police have initiated proceedings against a Pakistani man for failing to purchase a valid driver's license in a terrorist attack in Mumbai.

35. According to official figures, one woman is raped every 15 minutes in India. The number of unreported cases is likely to be considerably higher, as rape in marriages, for example, does not count as a criminal offense.

36. Today's ruined city of Hampi is said to have had the same size as Rome around 1500.

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37. In Ladakh in northern India there is a hill where the magnetism is so strong that parked cars move and the flight path of airplanes is affected.

38. In the state of Madhya Pradesh, Indian police officers receive a small additional salary for growing a mustache.

39. Every evening India and Pakistan hold a coordinated border closing ceremony on the Wagah border, during which the archenemies raise their flags to the applause of hundreds of compatriots.

40. The 14 year old boy Arshid Ali Khan is revered as the reincarnation of the Hindu god Hanuman because he was born with a tail about 18 cm long.


Which fact do you find particularly shocking? Did you already know any of these India facts? Or do you know anything unusual that we should add here? We look forward to your comment!