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10 Surprising Facts About India You Didn’t Know

India is the most diverse and an amazing country in the world. Many of us know that, but if you don’t, here we have chalked out some of the mind facts that you need to know about India. Let us take you through some lesser known facts about the country that may blow even the most knowledgeable minds away.

  • Though India is a country of multiple regional and local languages but in terms of English speaking countries in the world, it ranks number 2, yes, India is the second largest English-speaking country in the world, 10% of Indians can speak English which is about 125 million people.
  • India’s population (1,282,390,303 in 2015) is equivalent to 17.5% of the total world population.
  • The largest religious gathering on earth is seen at Kumbh Mela. Believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is thought that 30 million Hindu pilgrims gathered to bathe during the festival in 2013.
  • Takshila is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC.
  • Today, India has the world’s largest school in terms of students, the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than 45 thousand students!
  • The word ‘shampoo’ is derived from Sanskrit word Champu which simply means, massaging.
  • You won’t be surprised to know that India is the largest producer of tea in the world, after China.
  • Freddie Mercury and Ben Kingsley are both of Indian descent.
  • India is the only country that managed to reach Mars in the first attempt.
  • The board game, Snakes, and Ladders originated in India.

India, the land of vibrant colors, is rich in history, culture, and heritage. Romain Rolland, the famous French philosopher says, ‘If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dreams of existence, it is India.’ India’s contributions to the world are endless, yet there are many interesting facts to discover. Come visit the land of opportunities and wonders and study in India.