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Mind-Blowing Facts About India Most Indians Don't Know About

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India is no doubt a fascinating country, concealing numerous interesting destinations and an amalgamation of cultures. Here are some interesting facts about India.

1. The Name India Is Derived From The Indus River

The Name India Is Derived From The Indus River: The name India arises from the Indus river (which flows through Pakistan, China and India) and has been in use in Greek since Herodotus (4th century BC). The term appeared in Old English as early the 9th century and reemerged in Modern English in the 17th century.Mid-range stay: Lotus Hotel, LadakhBudget stay: Padma Guest House & Hotel, Ladakh - 1 Rating, 1 Review, 1 Photo © wikimedia.org The name India arises from the Indus river (which flows through Pakistan, China and India) and has been in use in Greek since Herodotus (4th century BC). The term appeared in Old English as early the 9th century and reemerged in Modern English in the 17th century.Mid-range stay: Lotus Hotel, LadakhBudget stay: Padma Guest House & Hotel, Ladakh - 1 Rating, 1 Review, 1 Photo

The name India arises from the Indus river (which flows through Pakistan, China and India) and has been in use in Greek since the 4th century BC. The term appeared in Old English as early the 9th century and reemerged in Modern English in the 17th century.

2. India Has The Largest Postal System In The World - This Floating Office Is In Srinagar!

India Has The Largest Postal System In The World - This Floating Office Is In Srinagar!: As of 31 March 2011 , the Indian Postal Service had 154,866 post offices, it is the most widely distributed postal system in the world. The large number is a result of a tradition of disparate postal systems, which were unified in the Indian Union after independence.Budget stay: The Renaissance HotelMid-range stay: Hotel PacificLuxury stay: The Lalit Grand Palace - 513 Ratings, 369 Reviews, 255 Photos © knowrealindia.info As of 31 March 2011 , the Indian Postal Service had 154,866 post offices, it is the most widely distributed postal system in the world. The large number is a result of a tradition of disparate postal systems, which were unified in the Indian Union after independence.Budget stay: The Renaissance HotelMid-range stay: Hotel PacificLuxury stay: The Lalit Grand Palace - 513 Ratings, 369 Reviews, 255 Photos

As of 31 March 2011, the Indian Postal Service had 154,866 post offices, it is the most widely distributed postal system in the world. The large number is a result of a tradition of disparate postal systems, which were unified in the Indian Union after independence. 

3. India Has The World’s Second Largest Train Network

India Has The World’s Second Largest Train Network: The United States Of America has the largest train network in the world, closely followed by India. The Indian railway networks comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 65,808 km and 7,112 stations. Indian Railways carries 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day and 1058.81 million tons of freight in the year.Budget stays: Rupam HotelMid-range stays: Hotel LE GrandLuxury stays: Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador - 24474 Ratings, 23204 Reviews, 1420 Sightseeings, 635 Photos © wikimedia.org The United States Of America has the largest train network in the world, closely followed by India. The Indian railway networks comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 65,808 km and 7,112 stations. Indian Railways carries 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day and 1058.81 million tons of freight in the year.Budget stays: Rupam HotelMid-range stays: Hotel LE GrandLuxury stays: Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador - 24474 Ratings, 23204 Reviews, 1420 Sightseeings, 635 Photos

The United States Of America has the largest train network in the world, closely followed by India. The Indian railway networks comprises of 115,000 km of track over a route of 65,808 km and 7,112 stations. Indian Railways carries 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day and 1058.81 million tons of freight in a year.

4. India Is Home To One Of The Oldest Cities In The World - Varanasi

India Is Home To One Of The Oldest Cities In The World - Varanasi: The oldest city of India is famous among travellers for self-spiritualism, the exotic city of Benaras(Varanasi) holds a mystical legend in itself. Varanasi is regarded as one of the most sacred cities in India. It is said that the city was found 5000 years ago by Lord Shiva.Budget stays: Alka HotelMid-range stays: Rivatas HotelLuxury stays: Radisson Hotel Varanasi - 6462 Ratings, 4788 Reviews, 114 Sightseeings, 369 Photos © wikimedia.org The oldest city of India is famous among travellers for self-spiritualism, the exotic city of Benaras(Varanasi) holds a mystical legend in itself. Varanasi is regarded as one of the most sacred cities in India. It is said that the city was found 5000 years ago by Lord Shiva.Budget stays: Alka HotelMid-range stays: Rivatas HotelLuxury stays: Radisson Hotel Varanasi - 6462 Ratings, 4788 Reviews, 114 Sightseeings, 369 Photos

The oldest city of India is famous among travellers for spirituality, the exotic city of Benaras (Varanasi) holds a mystical legend in itself. Varanasi is regarded as one of the most sacred cities in India. It is also said that the city was found 5000 years ago by Lord Shiva. 

5. India Has The Second Largest Road Network In The World - This Gorgeous Route Heads To Pondicherry

India Has The Second Largest Road Network In The World - This Gorgeous Route Heads To Pondicherry: India has a road network of over 4,689,842 kilometres in 2013, the second largest road network in the world after US. However the first evidence of road development in the Indian subcontinent can be traced back to approximately 4000 BC from the ancient cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley Civilization.Budget stays: Abirami ResidencyMid-range stays: Accord PuducherryLuxury stays: Le Pondy - 19778 Ratings, 13541 Reviews, 138 Sightseeings, 885 Photos © pondicherryinfo.in India has a road network of over 4,689,842 kilometres in 2013, the second largest road network in the world after US. However the first evidence of road development in the Indian subcontinent can be traced back to approximately 4000 BC from the ancient cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley Civilization.Budget stays: Abirami ResidencyMid-range stays: Accord PuducherryLuxury stays: Le Pondy - 19778 Ratings, 13541 Reviews, 138 Sightseeings, 885 Photos

India has a road network of over 4,689,842 kilometres in 2013, the second largest road network in the world after US. However the first evidence of road development in the Indian subcontinent can be traced back to approximately 4000 BC from the ancient cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley Civilization.

6. It Has One Of The Seven Wonders Of The World - Taj Mahal

It Has One Of The Seven Wonders Of The World - Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. This beautiful structure of white marble was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This symbol of eternal love is the quintessence of Mughal architecture.Budget stay: Hotel The RetreatMid-ranged Stay: Taj Resorts HotelLuxury Stay: Trident Agra - 1002 Ratings, 609 Reviews, 327 Photos © wikimedia.org Taj Mahal is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. This beautiful structure of white marble was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This symbol of eternal love is the quintessence of Mughal architecture.Budget stay: Hotel The RetreatMid-ranged Stay: Taj Resorts HotelLuxury Stay: Trident Agra - 1002 Ratings, 609 Reviews, 327 Photos

Taj Mahal is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. This beautiful structure of made of white marble was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This symbol of eternal love is a specimen of the amazing Mughal architecture. 

7. The First University In The World Was Founded In India - Nalanda

The First University In The World Was Founded In India - Nalanda: Nalanda is widely considered as the first university flourished from 600 BC to 500 AD. It is said that at one stage, the university has over 10,500 students from Babylon, Greece, Syria, and China.Budget stay:Ajatsatru HotelMid Ranged Stay: Indo Hokke HotelLuxury Stay: Rajgir Residency - 33 Ratings, 39 Reviews, 13 Sightseeings, 8 Photos © wikimedia.org Nalanda is widely considered as the first university flourished from 600 BC to 500 AD. It is said that at one stage, the university has over 10,500 students from Babylon, Greece, Syria, and China.Budget stay:Ajatsatru HotelMid Ranged Stay: Indo Hokke HotelLuxury Stay: Rajgir Residency - 33 Ratings, 39 Reviews, 13 Sightseeings, 8 Photos

Nalanda is widely considered as the first university in thee world, it flourished from 600 BC to 500 AD. It is said that at one stage, the university had over 10,500 students from Babylon, Greece, Syria, and China.

8. India Has 300,000 Mosques, More Than Any Other Country - One Of The Most Beautiful & Biggest Is Jama Masjid

India Has 300,000 Mosques, More Than Any Other Country - One Of The Most Beautiful & Biggest Is Jama Masjid: Arfin from New Delhi: It was built by Mughal King. Very spacious Masjid in terms of area. The courtyard can accommodate 25, 000 worshippers. The Masjid has three gates, four towers, two minarets and lots of upstairs made by red sandstone and white marble. The adjoining areas are filled with calligraphy, it is an artistic structure.Budget stays: Rupam HotelMid-range stays: Hotel LE GrandLuxury stays: Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador - 163 Ratings, 72 Reviews, 8 Photos © wikimedia.org Arfin from New Delhi: It was built by Mughal King. Very spacious Masjid in terms of area. The courtyard can accommodate 25, 000 worshippers. The Masjid has three gates, four towers, two minarets and lots of upstairs made by red sandstone and white marble. The adjoining areas are filled with calligraphy, it is an artistic structure.Budget stays: Rupam HotelMid-range stays: Hotel LE GrandLuxury stays: Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador - 163 Ratings, 72 Reviews, 8 Photos

The Jama Masjid courtyard can accommodate 25, 000 worshipers. The Masjid has three gates, four towers, two minarets and lots of upstairs made by red sandstone and white marble. The adjoining areas are filled with calligraphy, it is an artistic structure.

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