INTERESTING FACTS THAT MAKE YOU LOVE INDIA
Gradually, with proper research on the interesting facts that make you love India, I have realized even the very intelligent people are unaware of India’s big achievements. India has been authorized to plenty of creations that hold significance in the present life. Be it the creation of the act of medical procedure, stem cell banks, or the idea of zero and so on and we have just been there and done it since the era of the sages.
With over a billion people from all kinds of religions and ethnicities, India is not only the second most populated country, but it also has in store some mind-blowing facts and achievements under its belt.
1. World’s Only Floating Post Office In Dal Lake In Srinagar
You might have heard of floating gardens and Houseboats. But the Famous Dal Lake in Kashmir has a floating Post office. It’s the only floating post office in the entire world.
.Situated on a huge houseboat, this post office also houses a philately museum and a shop that sells postage stamps among other things.
.The post office lives beyond its reputation of being a floating one as locals like it for its efficient and hassle-free services.
.This post office has been converted into an India Post Payments Bank, apart from being a regular Post Office, where locals deposit their earnings.
.According to an official “Since postal banking service was extended, we have received an overwhelming response. Local businessmen deposit their savings every alternate day with us”.
.This 200-year-old floating post office was started in the British era and still continues to deliver letters and couriers to the people living on the lake.
2. World’s Highest Rail Bridge In Jammu
According to a report by TOI, one of the most interesting facts that make you love India is, the Indian engineers. They created history on April 5 completing the arch of the world’s highest railway bridge on Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir. It is 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower in France. The completion of the blast-proof arch now paves the way for expediting the direct rail link to the Valley from the rest of India.
.The Railway Ministry said that the 5.6-meter last piece of metal (closure segment) was fitted at the highest point of the arch. It joined the two arms of the arch that currently stretch towards each other from both banks of the Chenab.
.The bridge is designed to withstand high wind speeds of up to 266 km/hour and earthquake forces of the highest intensity.
.Approximately 584 km of welding was done to join the different parts of the structure, which is to the tune of the distance between Jammu Tawi to New Delhi.
.Officials said this was the most challenging project the railways had ever undertaken. The iconic bridge will soar 359 meters above the bed of the river and will be 30 meters higher than the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. Railway officials termed this as historic one.
.Facing grave challenges, engineers and workers are toiling overtime to meet the last extended deadline set for completion of the world’s highest railway bridge connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country. The 272 km railway line is being undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs 28,000 crore by the Northern Railway.
3. Kumbh Mela From Space
The term Kumbh comes from the mythic pot (kumbha) of elixir produced by the churning of the milky ocean by the gods and demons. It is celebrated four times over the span of 12 years at four places in India.
Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest Hindu festivals which is celebrated every three years. It’s a pilgrimage where devotees take in a holy dip in the hope of washing away their past sins. The Kumbh Mela has the largest gathering as lakhs of devotees come from all over the country.
It’s believed that the festival of Kumbh Mela is around 2000 years old. The first written account of the Kumbh Mela was found in the account of the Chinese traveler Xuanzang, who visited India during the rule of king Harshavardhana. Nasa has produced a picture from space wherein this Mela can be seen
4. Shampooing Is An Indian Concept
One important and most interesting facts that make you love India is Shampoo, which was invented in India, with the method by use of herbs. A variety of herbs and their extracts were used as shampoos since ancient times. Those were not commercial ones. The word ‘shampoo’ itself has been derived from the Sanskrit, cleansing with hair and body massage (champu) which means massage. When the early colonial traders returned to Europe, they introduced the newly learnt habits, including hair treatment which they called shampoo.
5. World’s Highest Cricket Ground In India
Chail Cricket Ground in India is the highest cricket ground in the world. It is encircled by huge and enormous deodar trees. Built-in the year 1893, this ground is also used as a polo ground. At the height of around 2,144m, it rests 7500 feet above sea level and is known as one of the famous cricket stadiums in India. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India, this cricket ground is in the beautiful hill station of Chail.
Tourists who visit here enjoy a splendid view of Sutlej Valley, Shimla, and Kasauli at night from here. This ground is also used as the school playground by Chail Military School. There is a well-maintained basketball court and the same cricket ground also has goal posts that are used for playing football.
The world’s highest cricket stadium is all set to be constructed in Sissu in the Lahaul Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It will stand 10,000 feet above sea level next to the newly constructed Atal tunnel.
6. Mysterious Anti-Gravity hills in Ladakh And Gujrat, Magnetic Hills
There are a couple of places on earth that is absolved from the effects of gravitational force. How would you feel if your vehicle starts moving uphill on its own at the speed of 20 km/h and without the use of handbrakes?
Surprisingly, you can see your vehicle or any object creeping uphill even though you set it into neutral. Visit a place known as Tulsishyam in Gujarat to witness a strange occurrence.
Tulsishyam is a place situated on the border of Amreli district and Junagadh district, in the Gir forest national park in Gujarat. It is famous for the 3,000-year-old Krishna temple and houses a hot water spring known for its healing powers
One such sight attraction is Magnetic Hill, the place where gravity again takes a backseat. Lying at a distance of around 30 km from Leh, the Magnetic Hill is marked by a yellow signboard that reads “The Phenomenon That Defies Gravity”. It also instructs you to park your vehicles in the box marked with a white point on the road, which is known as the Magnetic Road. When parked at the indicated spot, vehicles begin moving forward at a speed of almost 20km/h.
Magnetic Hill lies on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar National Highway in the Trans-Himalayan region. To the east of the Magnetic Hill flows the Sindhu River, making the surroundings a photographer’s delight.
7. Bandra Worli Sea Link Has Steal Wires Equal To Earth Circumference
It took a total of 2,57,00,000 man-hours for completion and also weighs as many as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.
8. The Human Calculator
Shakuntla Devi has all the right to be on the list of the interesting facts that make you love India. She was given this title after she demonstrated the calculation of two 13 digit numbers: 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 which were picked at random. She answered correctly within 28 seconds.
I can not confine the greatness of Indian culture, tradition, and achievements in one such article. There is so much to say and write about it, which I will try to cover in my upcoming writeups.