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Fabulous Facts About India
Here are the most fabulous facts about India
- India lies in south Asia, between Pakistan, China and Nepal. To the north it is bordered by the world’s highest mountain chain.
- The capital of India is New Delhi, and the country’s largest cities are Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Delhi, and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
- India is the seventh largest country in the world.
- India’s population is one billion making it the second most populous country after China.
- India is the largest democracy (Government by the people, like the UK is) in the world.
- India is mainly an agricultural country, though it also has a large iron and steel industry and produces every type of manufactured goods.
- India is in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan
- India is officially known as the Republic of India.
- India is the seventh largest country by total area.
- The highest mountain in India is Kanchenjunga, standing at 8,598m (28,209 ft), which it shares with Nepal. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world.
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- Many different languages are spoken in India. The main ones are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu.
- India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.
- At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world.
- In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
- The Taj Mahal (a famous mausoleum and popular tourist attraction) is located in the region of Agra.
- India became an independent nation in 1947 after ending British rule that began in 1858.
- Mahatma Gandhi is famous for the important part he played in gaining India’s independence.
- Once British rule was over, India was split into the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Later, an area between India and Pakistan became the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
- The national symbol of India is the endangered Bengal Tiger.
- The most popular sport in India is cricket, with the Indian team being the first to win the Cricket World Cup on home soil when they were victorious in 2011.
- Administrative divisions: 28 states and 7 union territories_; Andaman and Nicobar Islands_, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh_, Chhattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli_, Daman and Diu_, Delhi_, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep_, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Pondicherry_, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal