Interesting Facts

  • In ancient India, the kings kept more than a 100 wives at the same time.
  • Till 1986, India was the only place in the world where Diamonds were found.
  • The largest employer in the world is the ‘Indian Railways’ under which over a million people are employed at present.
  • It took 11years to build the ‘Taj Mahal’ which is one of the most astonishing symbols of love erected by human. It also is the most photographed monument of the world.
  • India is home to the world's largest pilgrimage destination called the Vishnu Temple. The temple is located in the city of Tirupati. About an average of 30,000 people visit this temple donating about 6 million US dollars, everyday.
  • In 2001, 60 million people attended the Kumbh Mela, a fair that takes place once in every 12 years, breaking the record for the world’s biggest gathering. The mass of people was photographed from space by a satellite.
  • Cows in India are like the statue of liberty, as they are the living symbol they can moo, chew or poo anywhere.
  • The Indian flag has three horizontal bands of color: saffron for courage and sacrifice, white for truth and peace, and green for faith, fertility, and chivalry. An emblem of a wheel spinning used to be in the center of the white band, but when India gained independence, a Buddhist dharma chakra, or wheel of life, replaced the spinning wheel.
  • With 150,000 post offices, India has the largest postal network in the world. However, it is not unusual for a letter to take two weeks to travel just 30 miles.
  • Marigold flowers are used as decoration for Hindu marriages and are a symbol of good fortune and happiness.
  • India has the world’s third largest road network at 1.9 million miles.
  • All of India is under a single time zone.
  • India is the world’s largest producer of tea, more popularly known as chai becomes the most preferred beverage in the country.
  • To prevent builders from ever replicating the ‘Taj Mahal’ their hands were cut off.
  • When the first independent prime minister of India, pacifist Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), was featured in Vogue, his distinctive close fitting, single-breasted jacket briefly became an important fashion statement for the Mod movement in the West. Named after him as the Nehru jacket, the prime minister’s coat was popularized by the Beatles.