India is a diverse nation with various cultures, religions, landscapes and weathers. It is well known for its colourful crafts, magnificent monuments, ancient yoga techniques, sumptuous mix of spices and bright festivals. While everyone has heard of India and its diversity, here are some lesser known yet interesting facts about this mystical land.
- India is the world’s largest democracy with a population of 1.34 people- and counting. By population it is the second largest country and by area it is the seventh largest country in the world.
- English is a widely spoken language in India and is also an official language in the country apart from apart from Hindi and 21 other official languages. India is the world’s second largest english speaking country, with a population of approximately 125 million well versed in this language.
- Indians are crazy followers of the game of cricket which was brought to them by the Britishers. All children and adults play this sport enthusiastically around the country, right from villages to the cosmopolitan cities. India houses the world’s highest cricket ground, Chail Cricket Ground, which is situated in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2444 meters.
- India shares its borders with China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Pakistan. It also has Sri Lanka and Maldives are its neighbours in the sea. Its geography includes Himalayas in the north, Thar desert in the west,tropical beaches in the southern regions and islands regions(Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep).
- The summit of Kangchenjunga is the third highest in the world and is located in the Himalayan region. The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya r receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the world.
- The rich biodiversity of India makes it rich in flora and fauna with over 65,000 species of animals and over 12000 species of plants. It has the largest number of cat species in the world. India is also home to rare species of animals like greater one-horned rhinoceros, Nilgiri tahr, black bucks, Bengal tigers and snow leopards. Animals have a special space in many Indian cultures specially cows are are considered sacred by Hindus.