Monday, 14 July 2014

incredible india

Here are some amazing facts about India that can easily be identified:

Fastest train in India New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India. The all air-conditioned superfast train clocks a maximum speed of 150km/h on the Faridabad-Agra section. It also has the highest commercial speed - 89.87 km/h- and covers the 704 km New Delhi - Bhopal stretch in 7 hours 50 minutes. 

 Longest, shortest run by a train Vivek Express from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari travels a distance of 4273 km, making it the longest run in terms of total time and distance in Indian Railways. Shortest run: Scheduled services between Nagpur and Ajni stations situated just 3km from each other – primarily meant for crew to travel from Nagpur station to the workshop at Ajni. 

Longest non-stop travel/ Trains with most stops Trivandrum - H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express travels the 528km stretch between Vadodara and Kota non-stop. In second place is the Mumbai Rajdhani Express that travels nonstop between New Delhi and Kota. The record for maximum number of stops by an Express/Mail train is held by Howrah - Amritsar Express 115 halts, followed by Delhi - Howrah Janata Express 109 halts and Jammu Tawi - Sealdah Express 99 halts.
  Longest, shortest station namesShortest names: Ib, near Jharsuguda in Odisha and Od, near Anand in Gujarat. Longest name: Venkatanarasimharajuvariipeta on the Arakkonam-Renigunta section near Chennai. 

Least punctual train Guwahati-Trivandrum Express is said to be the most unreliable long-distance train in the country. The charted journey time is 65 hours and 5 minutes, but the average delay on a trip is about 10-12 hours. 

Two stations at same location Srirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra which are both at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track. 

It is believed that in the next 3 years, up to 25% of the world's population living in New York will be Indians.
As per Goldman Sachs, India's GDP per capita will multiply 4 times from 2007 to 2020.
According to the recent study, the price of properties in big cities of India like, Mumbai and Delhi has more than doubled in the past 18 months.

Since 2006, the technology hub of India called Bangalore has increased its office supply 6 times and now has more Grade-A offices than Singapore.

The outsourced IT services to India amount towards a $47 billion dollar industry which is almost half of the total outsourced IT services.

India has spent $50 billion dollars on arms and other defense related material over the last decade making it the world's 2nd largest importer of arms.

India is one of the biggest movie market and is bigger than America and Canada put together. India sold around 3.2 billion movie tickets in 2010.

In Sanskrit, one of the national languages in India, the country is called Bharat.
The country’s name comes from the Indus River. The earliest civilizations in India were concentrated in the valleys around the Indus.
India is home to the world’s largest university. Located in Takshila, the university was founded in 700 B.C.
Religion is a central part of Indian culture. Jews began living in India in 200 B.C. and Christians settled there in 52 A.D. Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism all count India as a birthplace. Further, there are more mosques in India – approximately 300,000 – than the entire Muslim world combined.
India has never invaded a country.
Before Britain colonized the country in the 17th century, India was one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
India is the most populous country in the world to have a democratic government.
The world’s largest employer is India’s national rail system. That company employs over one million people.
India was the world’s only source of diamonds until 1896, when diamonds were discovered in Africa.
 India is about 1/3 the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of 1,166,079,217. India is the seventh largest country in the world, at 1.27 million square miles.

 India is the largest democracy in the world.

The Kumbh Mela (or Grand Pitcher Festival) is a huge Hindu religious festival that takes place in India every 12 years. In 2001, 60 million people attended, breaking the record for the world’s biggest gathering. The mass of people was photographed from space by a satellite.

 Many Indians find toilet paper repellent and consider it cleaner to splash water with the left hand in the appropriate direction. Consequently, the left hand is considered unclean and is never used for eating.

 To avoid polluting the elements (fire, earth, water, air), followers of Zoroastrianism in India don’t bury their dead, but instead leave bodies in buildings called “Towers of Silence” for the vultures to pick clean. After the bones dry, they are swept into a central well. It is illegal for foreigners to import or export Indian currency (rupees)

 It is illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.

 India leads the world with the most murders (32,719), with Russia taking second at 28,904 murders per year.

India has one of the world’s highest rates of abortion.

More than a million Indians are millionaires, yet most Indians live on less than two dollars a day. An estimated 35% of India’s population lives below the poverty line.

Cows can be found freely wandering the streets of India’s cities. They are considered sacred and will often wear a tilak, a Hindu symbol of good fortune. Cows are considered one of humankind’s seven mothers because she offers milk as does one’s natural mother.

 Dancing is one of India’s most highly developed arts and was an integral part of worship in the inner shrines of every temple. It is notable for its expressive hand movements.

 Rabies is endemic in India. Additionally, “Delhi Belly” or diarrhea is commonplace due to contaminated drinking water.

Many Indian wives will never say her husband’s name aloud, as it is a sign of disrespect. When addressing him, the wife will use several indirect references, such as “ji” or “look here” or “hello,” or even refer to him as the father of her child.

A widow is considered bad luck—otherwise, her husband wouldn’t have died. Elderly women in the village might call a widow “the one who ate her husband.” In some orthodox families, widows are not allowed near newlyweds or welcomed at social gatherings.

India is the birthplace of chess.l The original word for “chess” is the Sanskrit chaturanga, meaning “four members of an army”—which were mostly likely elephants, horses, chariots, and foot soldiers.

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. Khajuraho’s exotic art may suggest that sex was a step for attaining ultimate liberation or moksha.

The temples of Khajuraho are famous for their erotic sculptures and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. Scholars still debate the purpose of such explicit portrayals of sexual intercourse, which sometimes involves animals.

The earliest cotton in the world was spun and woven in India. Roman emperors would wear delicate cotton from India that they would call “woven winds.” Mogul emperors called the fabrics “morning dew” and “cloth of running water.

In ancient and medieval India, suttees, in which a recently widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, were common.

The Himalayas—from the Sanskrit hima, meaning “snow,” and alaya, meaning “abode”—are found in the north of India. They extend 1,500 miles and are slowly growing taller, by almost an inch (2.5 cm) a year. Several ancient Indian monasteries are found nestled in the grandeur of these mountains.



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