7 surprising facts about India

27 March 2017

India has a vast expanse of rugged mountain peaks, large flowing rivers, densely populated cities, and has a large Indian Ocean coastline. It’s a country that gave us Mahatma Ghandi. It’s well known for its thriving Bollywood movie industry, beautiful temples, spices, cuisine and of course it’s love for cricket. It a very fascinating country for many reasons, but there are a few things you may not have known about India.

The Bandra Worli Sealink

The 5,6km long Bandra Worli Sealink is a massive cable bridge that links Western Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. The length of cables used is roughly the same as the earth’s circumference and it has a maximum height of 126m. The bridge cuts the commute time between the two points down from 60 to 90 minutes, to roughly 10 minutes.

Shampoo from India

Shampoo comes from the word champu, a Sanskrit word, meaning to massage. The word became used in the English language from around the 18th century. Since ancient times people in India used herbs, and the extracts from herbs, as shampoo.  

India is home to the most vegetarians in the world

Between 20 and 40% of the Indian population are vegetarian, making it the largest vegetarian group in the world. Due to religious beliefs and often because of cultural and personal preferences, people choose not to eat animals and opt for vegetarian substitutes.

Three of the world’s top ten megacities are in India

It’s well known that India’s cities are very densely populated, often straining the available resources in these urban areas. India has three of the world’s megacities only one more than China. Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta are ranked in the world’s top ten largest and most densely populated cities in the world. Delhi, with its population of 22.7 million people is ranked second in the world, behind Tokyo.

Kumb Mela Festival

The Kumb Mela festival is held every 12 years and is a gathering of up to 100 million people who make the pilgrimage to the banks of the River Ganges. The ritual of bathing in the river Ganges is said to cleanse people of all of their sins. The gathering is so large that it is visible from space.

Gir Forest has just one voter

Since 2004 a polling station has been set up for each election to allow the Gir Forest’s only single voter a chance to cast his vote. The Gir Forest is a national park and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, India and is the home to a gentleman by the name of Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas. 

World’s biggest free kitchen at The Golden Temple

The Sri Harmandir Sahib, or Golden Temple, is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism and is located in Amritsar, Punjab. Each and every day it serves free vegetarian meals to between 100 000 and 300 000 people, regardless of their religion, faith or background.

Discover the amazing and exciting country of India for yourself, from all of its glorious attractions, its spiritual temples and shrines, to its fascinating culture and delicious cuisine. Contact your Flight Centre Consultant today to find out more about where to go and what to see and do in India.