25 shocking facts that most Indians don’t know!


  1. Hockey is not the national game of India. In fact, India doesn’t have an official national game!
  2. India has has the largest vegetarian population of the world. 28.85% Indians are pure vegetarian.
  3. Diamonds were first mined in India. For 1,000 years, starting in roughly the 4th century BC, India was the only source of diamonds.
  4. That the “western” toilet we use in India today was invented during the period of the Indus Valley civilization (4000 years ago).
  5. The first rocket of India was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  6. Varanasi, also known as Benaras, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
  7. Indian housewives hold more than 11% of the world’s gold, which is more than the reserves of  The US, Switzerland and Germany put together.
  8. The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all the world cups. They have also won all the Asian games to date. Just amazing!
  9. With over 1, 55,015 post offices India has the largest postal network in the world.
  10. Kumbh Mela is the world’s largest human gathering. It is even visible from the space.
  11. Chail in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket pitch in the world. It is situated at an elevation of 2444 meters (above the sea level).
  12. India has more population than the entire western hemisphere of the earth.
  13.  Mawsynram of Meghalaya is the wettest inhibited place on the earth.
  14. India has never invaded or attacked a country.
  15. India has the largest English speaking population in the world.
  16. Indian Railways is one of the largest employer in the world with a 1.4 million-strong work force. That is more than the population of many countries. Indian Railways stands on 8th place amongst the largest employers.
  17. One of the pioneers in music systems and often regarded as the best Audio Equipment brand in the world called Bose Corporation was founded by an American of Indian descent, Amar Gopal Bose.
  18. Bandra Worli Sealink in Mumbai has steel wires equal to the earth’s circumference.
  19. It’s illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India. NRIs and foreigners can’t leave with rupee.
  20. Great Indian scientist APJ Abdul Kalam visited Switzerland on 26th May 2006. Upon his arrival Switzerland announced 26th May as National Science day. A  great tribute to Missile Man of India.
  21. At Dal Lake in Srinagar, a new post office was inagurated in 2011. It is a floating post office.
  22. National anthem of Bangladesh “Amar Sonar Bangla” is written by Rabindranath Tagore.
  23. After defeating Germany 8-1 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Major Dhyan Chand, the wizard of hockey, was summoned by Hitler. He was promised German citizenship, a high post in the German military and the chance to play for the German national side. Dhyan Chand however declined the offer.
  24. The game Snakes and Ladders originated in India.
  25. Border Security Force (BSF) of India is the world’s largest border guarding force.