Interesting facts about India

At present, the population of India exceeds 1 billion 300 million inhabitants, according to this indicator, the country is second only to China. Although India's urban population has grown in recent decades, about 70 percent of Indians live in rural areas. Over the past 100 years, the population of India has increased 6 times. The state of Uttar Pradesh alone is home to over 200 million people. This is one and a half times more than in all of Russia.

15 Interesting Facts About India

  1. Almost 40 percent of the country's inhabitants are vegetarians. Although Hinduism does not prohibit the consumption of meat, moderation is recommended in eating.
  2. A cow is a sacred animal, therefore, cows are given special respect, they walk freely even on the streets of large cities, and in some states of India one can even end up behind bars for killing a cow.
  3. The largest cities in India are Mumbai (before 1995 - Bombay) and Delhi. In Mumbai, the population density per square kilometer exceeds 20, 000. At the same time, there are much more men in the city than women. This is explained by the fact that men from all over the country come here to work.
  4. India is one of the centers of world cinema, about 1, 000 films are produced annually in the country. And the number of sold cinema tickets exceeds 3 billion, more than in any other country in the world. On average, there are 5-6 songs in every Indian film.
  5. The Cherrapunji Valley, located on the border of India and Bangladesh, is one of the rainiest places on our planet. The average annual rainfall is 11, 000 mm. The very name of the valley, translated from the Kashmir language, means "barren". For almost half a year, there are continuous downpours here, which are replaced by a long drought.
  6. Ziona Chana lives in the Indian state of Mizoram. He has 39 wives. In addition, the family has 94 children and 39 grandchildren. Despite the fact that a large family has a four-story house, 9-10 people live in each room. Chan's family eats up to 100 kilograms of rice a day. Ziona's father had 7 wives and 29 children.
  7. Indian currency - rupees - is prohibited from exporting from the country. An exception is made only for a few countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In addition, Indian banknotes carry a wide variety of dangerous bacteria that cause tuberculosis, pneumonia, meningitis and even sexually transmitted diseases. If the local population has developed at least some kind of immunity, then banknotes pose a serious danger to tourists.
  8. Until the 17th century, India was considered the richest country in the world. The countless riches of this country attracted Europeans here. Interestingly, Columbus had absolutely no intention of discovering America. The main goal of his expedition is to find the shortest route in India across the Atlantic Ocean. The navigator himself was sure that he had reached the shores of India.
  9. A game called chaturanga was popular in India over one and a half thousand years ago. In the 7th century AD, it became popular with the Arabs, who called it "shatranj". Gradually, the game spread throughout the world, with minor changes. It is about chess, one of the most famous games in the world. 2007 - 2013 Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand bore the title of world chess champion.
  10. The most popular sport in India is cricket. The national team of this country became the world champion in 1983. Cricket appeared here thanks to the British, because India was a British colony for many years. Since 1900, Indian athletes have regularly participated in the Olympic Games. The Indians achieved the greatest success in field hockey, where they managed to win gold 8 times.
  11. For centuries, the population of India has been divided into castes. In the early thirties of the last century, there were up to 3, 000 of them. Belonging to a particular caste determined the position of a person in society. Despite the fact that the Constitution of India in 1950 legalized the equality of representatives of all castes, vestiges of the past persist to the present day. Representatives of the untouchable caste had to do the dirtiest and hardest jobs. They were forbidden even to step on the shadow of those who belonged to the higher castes.
  12. Indian cinema is often referred to as Bollywood, although in reality it is only one of the film companies in India. Indian cinema is full of heartwarming stories next to which even Santa Barbara rests, as well as songs and dances, in it good always triumphs over evil. In India, more than 1000 films are made annually for the domestic market, the gross of which is billions of dollars.
  13. Only two-thirds of the Indian population can read and write. Moreover, among women, the literacy rate is only 45 percent. Despite this, there are more than 500 higher educational institutions in the country, and many of them are not inferior in the quality of education to European universities. But not everyone can pay for the tuition (about $ 15, 000 a year).
  14. Bribery in India flourishes nationally. India's Anti-Corruption Society has printed national 0 rupee banknotes urging Indians to bribe extorting officials only in such denominations.
  15. Although India is the seventh largest country in the world, there are no time zones. The entire state lives at the same time. There are no summer and winter time transitions. And most of the country's residents do not even wear watches, because they do not see the need for it. And they do not understand why it is necessary to spend a lot of money on watches of well-known companies.