We all know how India is incredible for so many amazing reasons and how it is one of its kind on the whole planet.
Now there are more unknown and unique causes for its incredibility, which we will come across in this particular piece.
This subcontinent is very distinct and it’s very fascinating how this one land mass holds so much uniqueness with such great ease.
This democratic country will surprise you in every way possible.
In this article, you will get to know about the following things India is famous for,
- Number of languages
- Indian food
- The Ayurveda
- Historical Monuments
- Largest spice-producing country
- Mathematical contributions
- Indian Railways
- Statue of Unity
- Most elevated cricket ground on the Globe
- Reverse Waterfall
- The quirky One Horned Rhinos
- World’s highest road
- The largest sundial
Let’s have a look at each of these…
1. Number of languages
Well, looking into the numbers, it is seen that India holds the highest number of languages, the number being 780. And sadly, it has already lost 250 in the past 50 years.
The number of officially spoken languages is 22. (Source)
These official languages include Hindi, Bodo, Assamese, Bengali, Dogri, Kashmiri, Kannada, Konkani, Gujarati, Maithili, Malayalam, Nepali, Meitei, Marathi, Punjabi, Odia, Sanskrit, Tamil, Sindhi, Urdu, Telegu.
There’s a distinction in every one of the languages spoken and the sweetness lies in every word.
In this country, you won’t find any national language. Hindi (in the Devanagari scripture) is considered the official language of the Indian central government, according to article 346.
2. Indian Food
The cuisine, of course, makes every country and its culture unique. And India is one of a kind when it comes to its food.
As the culture, climate, people, soil, Geography, and occupation varies in this country, the food does too.
Every part of the county is famous for its own combination of food and flavors. The cuisine comes in different colors, forms, and styles.
Starting from the northeastern part of the country, Arunachal Pradesh enjoys Thukpa, Apong, Luktar, and Pika Pila; Nagaland has Anishi, Akini, and Samathu; Manipur enjoys Kangshoi, Thongba, and Eromba; Assam has Khaar, Aloo Pitika, Duck meat curry, etc.
Moving through the eastern part is West Bengal which cherishes its Kathi roll, Daab Chingri, Kosha Mangsho, Luchi- Aloor dom, Sorshe Ilish, etc.
Now onto the south, there is Tamil Nadu enjoying Puliodarai, mutton Kola Urundai, rasam, etc, moving through the western coast, Goa consists of Xacuti, Pork vindaloo, Sanna, Prawn Bachao, etc.
Looking in the west we see Gujarat with their Dhokla, Khakra, Basundi, etc; Rajasthan with Laal mash, Ghevar, and many more.
In the north of India, we find Jammu and Kashmir having their famous Mutton Rogan Josh, Naghdu Yakhni, etc; Himachal enjoying their Siddu, Tudkiya Bhath and the list goes on with all the 29 states and the union territories.
3. The Ayurveda
The oldest and the world-famous medication system, The Ayurved, originated in the Indian subcontinent.
The term speaks for the “Knowledge of Longevity”.
To the present day, three manuscripts of Ayurveda have lived, and those are Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Bhela Samhita.
Today, this system of medication is being followed all over the globe for the treatment of different diseases, and the market of Ayurveda is now worth billions of dollars.
4. Historical monuments
In India, there are numerous magnificent historical monuments spread out over the entire nation.
Along with having a rich history, culture, and architecture, the area is also dotted with several forts, palaces, ruins from ancient civilizations, temples, and cathedrals.
The land is full of minarets, palaces, forts, museums, mausoleums, gardens, and more, which depict the ancient history, epics, cultures, religions, and life of common people.
In addition to providing a window into Indian cultural history, historical monuments are a popular tourist destination too.
These Historical Monuments are the wealth of India with other World Heritage Sites. Some of the popular historic monuments are the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Ashok Stambha, Sanchi Stupa, temples, and many others uncountable.
Thousand of Travel enthusiasts from India and foreign countries travel to these national monuments every year.
You can check out some of the Historical Monuments of Medieval India.
5. Largest spice-producing country
Up to 75 % of the global spices are produced in India making it the largest exporter. Numerous types and blends of spices are available to be used and exported.
Among all the 109 total spices as is listed by the ISO, 75 are produced by the subcontinent itself some of which are Cardamom, Chilli, Turmeric, Ginger, Pepper, Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Celery, Garlic, Fenugreek, Mace, Nutmeg, etc.
Oleoresins, spice oils, herbs, and different curry powders are plentily available.
Bhut Jolokia, which is certified as the “Hottest chili pepper in the world” by the Guinness World Records, is grown in the North Eastern side of India.
The good part is that the spices and herbs are available in any form you want.
Well, the spice count doesn’t end in just these few, there are a lot more bizarre and unique spices found in this country.
6. Mathematical contributions
We all know that the concept of zero was provided by the Indian astronomer and mathematician, Brahmagupta.
Not only that but contributions to trigonometry, algebra, negative numbers, and perhaps most importantly the system of decimals (first seen in India) were also done by Indian Mathematicians.
Rules to solve quadratic equations were also introduced by Brahmagupta. Calculus, for that matter, was also discovered 500 years earlier by Bhaskara, an Indian mathematician, than Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz did in the 17th century. (Source)
As all are aware the Indian Vedas, dated back to 1200BC, has a humongous amount of knowledge of mathematics.
Evidence is also found about the Brahmi numerals from the third century BC, which is basically the precursor to the modern numerical system used around the world today.
Yoga is spiritual, physical, and mental discipline and practice that originated in ancient Vedic India. Youth to old-aged people inculcates healthy body and mind through Yoga.
It has become a trendsetter too and plays a vital role in the physical and mental well-being of India.
India has set up portals and platforms to help people include, practice, and enjoy yoga every day.
Each yogic posture improves, strength, and flexibility to attain and balance harmony. India has numerous yoga retreats for this spiritual practice.
These yoga ashrams and meditation centers help people to reconnect with themselves and escape the stress of day-to-day life.
International Yoga Day is observed in India in a grand way.
8. Indian railways
Railways are an integral part of the Indian economy.
Every day lakhs of people use railways as their prime mode of transport. During ancient times steam engines were used for trade and war purposes.
Times have changed and the railway sectors grew with the evolution of diesel engines. The railways have opened up new opportunities and vistas for people.
Indian railways are the pride of India. The sectors have eased communication with the people in many folds.
Tonnes of goods are transported every day via mail trains. To relieve the burden of transport, metro railways are also constructed in metropolitan cities in India which are quite relied upon by the Indian citizens.
Therefore as Indians, it is also our duty to serve the railways too by maintaining cleanliness on the Indian rails and station and avoiding littering.
9. Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity is a memorial dedicated to The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The statue stands tall representing a matter of pride for the Indian subcontinent and its history. It was created to inspire Indians through Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s patriotism and freedom struggle and to spread his vision of India.
This great patriot was responsible for uniting 562 princely states in order to build the Republic of India.
As the “Tallest Statue in the World,” the bronze statue of the founding father of the Republic of India is 182 meters tall and draws the attention of the entire world.
The monument of unity is situated in Gujrat, on the river island of Sadhu Bet, overlooking the banks of the River Narmada.
India is a land of festivals and peaceful coexistence between followers of various religions. The numerous festivals of India are a fair reflection of its voluminous culture and traditions.
There are several festivals and celebrations that are celebrated throughout the year with great pomp and show.
The country looks impressively colorful from October to January since in these months people observe a majority of festivals like Navratri, Diwali, Christmas, Guru Purnima, Chhat Puja, New Year, and Makar Sankranti.
India celebrates holidays according to state, religion, and society.
Numerous festivals are observed by the different ethnic groups in India, each one is distinct in its own way and reunites people from various backgrounds.
11. Most elevated cricket ground on the Globe
Located at an elevation of 7500 feet above sea level, the Chail Cricket ground is known to be the most elevated cricket ground, located in Himachal Pradesh.
This ground was built when the Maharaja Bhupesh Singh of Patiala made Chail its summer capital in 1893.
This is surrounded by serene lavish green forest and gives a spectacular sight of the surrounding ranges and valleys and scapes from that immense height.
12. Reverse Waterfall
This feature is quite dope, right? The phenomenon is cool too.
A reverse waterfall happens when wind and gravity play together and show their power equally.
The waterfall is located at Naneghat, near Junnar in Pune, in the state of Maharashtra.
The water moves upwards instead of flowing down and thereby imparting a miraculous spectacular view and showing the magic of nature.
13. The quirky One Horned Rhinos
From the verge of extinction, the one-horned Rhinos are brought back to 3700 in number with the help of the wildlife authorities and that is one of the prestigious and great achievements.
They are mostly found in the Northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent.
In accordance with the WWF, 91% of one-horned rhinos have lived in the Indian state of Assam mostly at the Kaziranga National Park and a few at the Pobitara wildlife sanctuary.
The rhinos feature thick grey-brown skin with pinkish folds of skin and a single horn on the snout, hence the name One Horned Rhinoceros or Unicorn Rhinos.
These features make it uniquely beautiful and quirky.
These lovely creatures hold significance since ancient times as they are found curved on the Pashupati seal and numerous terracotta figures excavated at the sites of the great Indus valley civilizations.
Still, a lot of measure and conservation techniques has to be considered and taken with progressing days.
14. World’s highest road that you can drive on
The Ladakh road, situated at a height of over 19,000ft, is the highest motorable road in the world.
It was constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at the Umling La Pass in Ladakh and has set a world record.
This road stretches for as long as 52 km and is blacktopped, connecting the important cities in the Eastern Ladakhs’ Chumar sector.
The height of this road has outdone the altitude of the Siachen Glacier(17,700 ft), Khardung La Pass(17,582 ft), the North Base camp in Tibet (Base camps of mount Everest, located at a height of 16,900 ft), the south base in Nepal (17,598 ft) along with the Bolivian road(18,953 ft).
15. The largest Sundial (Jantar Mantar)
Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was completed in 1734 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, by the then Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II.
This sundial is 27 meters tall and is so huge that its shadow moves at 1 mm/s.
Also known as the Samrat Yantra, it features instruments that are operated in each of the three chief classical celestial coordinate systems, namely: The horizon zenith local system, the equatorial system, and the ecliptic system.
This system is built meticulously and with a lot of calculations for predicting eclipse, measuring time, and location tracking of major stars as the earth rotates and revolves around the sun.
It was also used for understanding celestial altitudes, and discovering the declination of planets in addition to other cosmic movements.
19 types of astronomical ‘Yantras’ were used in its building.
To date, this is considered to be the most accurate observatory in the world.
These are some of the Amazing Things India is famous for all around the world.
Visit this land with its amazingly distinctive features, where food, culture, color, hospitality, and more importantly love speak louder than anything else.
Every part has something more to offer and a lot of newer things to discover.
I guess that’s why it is known as THE INCREDIBLE INDIA and the land justifies the title flawlessly.
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