Did you know that over 100 million years ago, India was an island? It crashed with the Asian continent some 50 million years ago, giving rise to the Himalayas. Isn’t it enthralling?

With over a billion people of all religions and ethnicities, India is not only the world’s second most populous country, but it also boasts some incredible statistics and accomplishments.

Here are some of India’s most intriguing facts:

1. Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities, with a history dating back over 5000 years

The sacred city of Banaras or Varanasi, which is located on the banks of the Ganges and is represented in Parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is at least 3000 years old. Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology, discovered this city 5000 years ago.

2. The breath-taking Lonar Lake in Maharashtra was formed by a meteor

This lake, roughly 52,000 years old and a 4-hour trip from Aurangabad, is Maharashtra’s best-kept secret. This astronomical wonder, as well as the temples surrounding it, should not be overlooked by tourists.

3. Magnetic Hill, a mysterious anti-gravity hill in Ladakh

This is India’s sole magnetic hill, due to its anti-gravitational impact. This one will leave you in awe as your automobile begins to go upward on its own, as indicated by a yellow notice board that spells out instructions and urges you to position your car in neutral gear just on the point designated by white paint.

4. Dal Lake in Srinagar is home to the world’s only floating post office

Not only does India have the world’s largest number of post offices, but it also has its own floating post office on Dal Lake near Srinagar. It’s perched on a houseboat and houses a philately museum.

5. Shani Shingnapur is a village with no doors

This Maharashtra town, which attracts over 40,000 believers every day thanks to a 300-year-old legend, has no doors or locks. Its inhabitants sleep soundly at night, believing Lord Shani to be the town’s protector.

6. The World’s Largest Vegetarian Population

Are you a vegan or a vegetarian? You’ll be right at home here. Vegetarianism is practised by roughly 29 percent to 40 percent of the population, who follow Hinduism.

7. Cows are the only animals with their own Bill of Rights

An Indian has two mothers from the minute he is born. One is his biological mother, and the other is Gaumata. Cows are considered holy in Hinduism, and the Constitution prohibits the sale and killing of cows.
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