7 Interesting facts about India

1. A floating post office

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. But did you know that there is a floating post office in India too? Yes, it’s true. It was inaugurated by Minister of State for Communications and IT Mr Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mr Omar Abdullah on August 22, 2011.

2. English Speaking

Though India is a country of multiple regional and local languages in terms of English speaking countries it ranks number 2, in the world just behind the US. 10% of Indians can speak English which is about 125 million people.

3. Elephant Spa

It’s not just humans, even elephants enjoy the spa. The Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre receive elaborate spa treatments. The elephant yard is attached to the Guruvayurappan Hindu temple in Kerala, India. It can host up to 59 elephants, and the tusked giants are happy to laze in the water while workers scrub and clean them.

4. Wettest place on Earth

Mawsynram, a village on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the world. Cherrapunji, also a part of Meghalaya, holds the record for the most rainfall in the calendar year of 1861.

5. The highest cricket ground in the world

At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket ground in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.

Chail served as the summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh.

6. The world’s biggest family

Ziona Chana is head of the world’s biggest family. He has 39 wives, 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four-storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories.

7. Largest number of vegetarians

India has the highest number of vegetarians, be it because of religious reasons or personal choices or both, around 20-40% of Indians are vegetarians, making it the largest vegetarian-friendly country in the world.