33 Unknown and Cool Facts about India with Pictures (2020)

Whenever we hear the word India, we think of the massive population, spirituality, and colorful culture.

But, India is more than that, eventually, it is a country with at least 5000-year-old history. India is the land that has attracted the world for thousands of years. India is a place with many traditions, colorful festivals, different beliefs, and stunning diversity.

In this article, we have put forth some of the unknown and cool facts about India that you must know to understand this amazing place.

Cool Facts about India

India is a magical land with different cultures, weird traditions, and wonderful people. There are a lot of interesting and unknown facts about Indian history that is hidden from the world. So, let’s see some of the unknown and the Interesting facts about India with pictures

1) The Tallest Statue in the World is in India

Statue of Unity
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Whenever we talk about the statues, we talk about the statue of liberty in the Newyork City or Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

But, do you know that “Statue of Unity” is the tallest statue in the world? I know a lot of people don’t about this. Because this statue is inaugurated only recently in 2018. 

The Statue of unity is 182 m high and it is 89 m taller than the Statue of Liberty. It is located in the state of Gujarat.

This statue depicts the great Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel who has a great contribution to the creation of modern India.

2) There are the Homes in India without the Doors or Locks

Shani Shingnapur Temple
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There is a village named Shani Shingnapur in the Maharashtra state of India. The interesting thing about this village is that every home in this village is without a door or lock.

According to the legend, lord Shani protects this village and punishes the thieves, and the people of this village have total trust in this legend.

The more surprising thing is that for the last 300 years there is not a single incident of robbery in this village. This is the reason why people in this village don’t find it necessary to make the door for their home.

Even the banks and polish stations are without doors or locks in this village!!

3) Kumbh Mela- The Largest Gathering of People on the Planet Earth

Kumbh Mela
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Kumbh Mela is the religious event of Hindus which is organized every 12 years.

Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of people on this planet. In fact, Kumbh Mela is so huge that it’s gathering can also be seen from the space.

In 2013, Kumbh Mela was organized in the Allahabad city of India and over 100 million people attended that Kumbh Mela!!

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Kumbh Mela is an important event for Hindus because in this event people can meet and learn from Sadhus. Also, it is believed that attending Kumbh Mela can wipe out the sins of our life.

4) Pola- Festival for Thanksgiving for Bulls

Pola Festival
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Pola festival is an example of how Indian culture is caring and non-violent towards all the creatures in the world. Pola Festival is celebrated every year in many states of India.

Pola festival is celebrated by the farmers to praise the hard work and contribution of the bulls to the agricultural. On this day, farmers give bathe to their bulls, decorate them, and then give them a lot of food.

5) Indian Weddings are Big, Colorful, and Memorable

Cool Facts about India
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If you want to make your wedding memorable, but still you are confused about your wedding ceremony, then you should take motivation from colorful Indian weddings!!

In Indian culture, the wedding is a very important moment. That’s why Indian Weddings are big ceremonies that last for days. You will find a lot of colors, a series of celebrations, traditional dresses, and a lot of rituals in Indian weddings.

indian weddings
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There are many different cultures in India, that’s why you will find many different types of Indian wedding ceremonies across India. There is no doubt that Indian Weddings are memorable and fascinating.

6) Sanskrit is the Oldest Language in the World

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Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world. Experts believe that Sanskrit is at least 5000 years old.

According to one study, all the languages in the world are somewhat influenced by Sanskrit. All the holy books and ancient literature of Hinduism are written in the Sanskrit language.

Also, all the knowledge about Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda is written in Sanskrit.

7) World-Famous Holi is an Indian Festival

facts about holi of india
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Holi is an Indian festival and it is very popular around the world. It is also called the festival of colors. Today, many people outside of India celebrate Holi, too. Holi is celebrated by Hindus to depict the victory of good over evil.

8) Yoga and Meditation was Originated in India

Yoga
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Today, almost every person in the world knows about Yoga and Meditation. Yoga and meditation are becoming more and more popular day by day.

Today, more and more people are adopting yoga and meditation, as part of their daily life, for better physical and mental health.

Western countries came to know about yoga and meditation in the 20th century. But, both of these techniques were originated in India almost 3000 to 5000 years ago.

In fact, the people of India are developing and practicing both of these techniques for the last thousands of years. According to ancient holy Vedas, yoga, and meditation helps to control the body and mind, and also helps to attain pure awareness.

9) Rishikesh- The World Center for Spirituality, Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda

rishikesh of india
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Rishikesh is the holy city that is located in the state of Uttarakhand of India. Rishikesh is a very popular city and it is one of the top-visited destinations by foreign tourists in India.

You can see the rich culture,  spiritual environment, and sacred Ganga river in this city. People visit the Rishikesh for spiritual motivation. There are a lot of Ashramas for Yoga and meditation in Rishikesh.

rishikesh city
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Also, you can experience the healing power of Ayurveda in the Rishikesh.

10) Varanasi is one of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Cities

varanasi at night
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You may have heard the name of this city as this is very popular and the most important city for the Hindus. Varanasi is also known by the names Banaras and Kashi. India is a land of ancient myths and legends like Ireland.

varanasi city
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According to legends, this city was founded by Lord shiva 5000 years ago and experts believe that Varanasi is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

ganga river
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Varanasi is also very famous among foreign tourists. Many foreign tourists come here to get spiritual motivation or to experience spirituality.

11) Unbelievable Stone Carvings of the Konark Sun Temple

konark temple india
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Konark Sun Temple is another example of India’s rich and prosperous history. Konark is an amazing example of a beautiful stone carving. This temple is located in the Puri district of the state of Odisha. This temple was built in the 13th century and it is dedicated to the Sun.

12) India’s Bollywood is the Largest Film Industry in the World

Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world as per the number of films produced per year.

In 2017, Bollywood produced over 2000 films, but still very few people in western countries know about Bollywood. But, in recent years Bollywood is becoming popular in Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, and Gulf countries.

13) Sentinel Island- The last uncontacted island in the world

indian sentinel island
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Sentinel island is in the Indian ocean and it is the last uncontacted part of the world.

The people who live on this island are called Sentinelese and they came on this island about 50,000 years ago. Sentinelese doesn’t like outsiders and they attack anyone who tries to enter their island.

That’s why the Indian government has prohibited outsiders to go closer to this island.

14) India’s Golden Temple Feeds 100000 people every day

golden temple
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Golden Temple is a spiritual site for Sikhism. It is located in the Amritsar city of Punjab state. This Golden Temple feeds 100000 people every day.

15) India is a Birthplace for Four Major Religions

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India is a place where Hinduism started and then Hinduism spread in the entire subcontinent. But, do you know that India is the birthplace for Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, too?

Experts believe that Hinduism started somewhere about 5000 years ago from the Indus valley, that’s why it is the oldest religion in the world. Buddhism is about 2500 years old. Whereas Sikhism is 500 years old. All these religions are based on non-violence and love.

For thousands of years, people following these four religions are living peacefully with each other in India and that’s why there are so many good things about India. This is one of the reasons why Indian culture is so rich, diverse, and tolerant.

16) The World’s First University was started in India

takshashila university india
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The world’s first university was established in Takshila about 2700 years ago.

At that time, Takshila was very popular for higher education in entire Asia and at least 10,000 students used to study in Takshila. In this ancient University, subjects like Astronomy, Medicine, Philosophy, Commerce, Dance, and Vedas were taught by teachers.

According to the experts, students from Persia, Syria, China, and India used to study in Takshila.

17) Indian Diaspora is the Biggest in the World

Now, lets discuss, some of the interesting facts about Indians. If you want to meet Indians, then probably you don’t need to go to India. Because you will find Indians in almost every country in the world.

According to one study done by the UN Population Division, the Indian diaspora is the largest in the world. According to this study, there are more than 15 million Indians living outside of India.

Gulf countries and the United States of America are the top destinations for the Indian diaspora. Another interesting fact about India is that not only the Indian diaspora is the biggest in the world but, also the most successful in the world.

18) India is the Second-Largest English Speaking Country in the World

english language in india
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A lot of people don’t know that English is a widely spoken language in India.

10% of India’s population can speak English. In other words, there are over 125 million people in India who can speak English which makes India the second-largest English-speaking country in the world.

In fact, there are some places in India where people cant understands Hindi but can speak fluent English.

The number of people who can speak and write in English is increasing rapidly in India and in the next decade, India would have four times more English-speaking population than today.

19) India has the Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World

vegetarian food in india
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India has the highest proportion of vegetarians in the world. About 38% of India’s population is vegetarian and you must remember that India is a country with 1 billion people.

So, you can say that India is home to over 380 million vegetarians. The reason behind this is the Indian culture. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism teach non-violence and love for all the creatures in the world, and that’s why people following these religions prefer only vegetarian food.

20) India is the Largest Democracy in the World with over 1 Billion People

indian elections
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India has the second-largest population in the world. But, it is also the largest democracy in the world. India is the only democracy in the world with a population of over 1 billion. In 2019, India went through the largest election in the history of mankind.

In the 2019 election, there were 911 million people who were eligible to vote, this number is more than Europe’s total population of 741 million.

This huge election was made possible with the help of 1 million polling stations and 5 million polling personnel.

21) India has 22 official languages

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India is a huge country and it is a country full of diversity. People from different cultures and religions live in India. That’s why India is a country where thousands of languages are spoken.

Hence, there are 22 official languages in India. Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, these are some of the major official languages of India.

22) India is the Fastest-Growing Economy in Asia and the world

indian economy
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Currently, India is the fastest-growing economy in Asia and the world. Already, India is the fifth-largest economy in the world in terms of the nominal GDP of 3 trillion dollars.

In 2030, India would be the third-largest economy in the world. IT industry, Auto industry, and Pharmaceutical industry, these are some of the biggest industries in India.

23) India is the Country of Youngsters

India is the second country in the world with a population of over one billion people. But, what more interesting than the population of India is the demography of India’s population.

65% of India’s population is below the age of 35 and about 50% of India’s population is below the age of 25!!

This is the reason why India has a very bright future and the reason why it is growing so fast. India has huge manpower and that’s why the Indian government is trying hard to use this huge population of youngsters for the progress of the nation.

24) The World Famous Taj Mahal

taj mahal
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I know everyone knows about the Taj Mahal. But, the Taj Mahal has become a symbol of India and this article would be incomplete if I do not talk about it.

Taj Mahal is an incredible mausoleum built with white marble. It is situated in the Agra city of the Uttar Pradesh state. It was built on the order of the Indian emperor in the memory of his wife.

Today, the Taj Mahal is the symbol of love and it is the main attraction for foreign tourists in India.

25) Indian Railway Transports over 25 million Passengers Daily

indian railways
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India has a very big railway network in the world. The railway is the most comfortable and affordable way to travel for Indian people.

India has 13,400 passenger trains, and the Indian railway transports over 25 million people every day which is equal to the total population of Australia.

26) India made a World Record by Planting 50 million Trees in 24 Hours

On 11th July 2016, India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours. All of this work done by the volunteers. 800000 volunteers from the Uttar Pradesh state had participated in this project.

27) Chess was Originated in India

chess
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Chess was invented in India. It was invented about 1500 years ago in North India and then with time it spread in the entire world.

28) World-famous Indian Food

indian food
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India is also called as a land of spices. India alone produces 70% of the total spices produced in the world.

Indian food is very popular in the world. Many people like Indian food due to the use of spices.

It is very popular in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States of America. Due to India’s vastness and diversity, you will find a lot of food recipes in India.

29) Indian Ocean is Named after India

The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the entire world. Indian ocean got its name from the name of India. In fact, India is the only country in the world that has an ocean named after it.

30) India has the Second-Largest Army in the World

indian army
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India has a 1.3 million-strong army and it is the second-largest army in the world behind China. Indian army is a very professional army and it controls the Siachen that is the highest battlefield in the world.

31) India got its name from the name of the River

India got its name from the river named Indus. This is because of the Indian civilization which is at least 5000 years old, and it started at the banks of the Indus river.

That’s why Indian civilization is also called as the Indus valley civilization. Indus is one of the longest rivers in Asia and it flows through India, Pakistan, and China.

32) India is the only County with the Lions and Tigers

indian bengali tiger
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IIndia is the only country in the world where both tigers and lions live.

It is very interesting that apart from India, there is no country in the world with both tigers and lions. Tigers are found everywhere in India whereas lions are found in the Gujrat state of India.

33) India discovered the Water on the Moon

Chandrayan-1
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Chandrayaan-1 which is India’s first lunar mission discovered water on the moon on 25th September 2009. India launched its first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 on 22 October 2008.

Also, on 5 November 2013, India launched Mangalyan, which is orbiting Mars since 2014.

Chetan Patil is a Mechanical Engineer and a part-time blogger. He likes to read, learn, and share interesting facts about this world. He enjoys writing about astronomy and history.
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