India is incredible. Its geographic vastness envelops myriad cultures, queer customs, billion traditions, thousand languages and immeasurable numbers of colour. In fact, India is indescribable which it is impossible to sum up the most unique aspects of this country in a single post of a few images. Nevertheless, these pictures provide a glimpse of India’s beauty.
1. Mumbai’s Dabbawala system is perhaps the world’s most efficient:
Colour Coding System of Dabbawalas
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson with Dabbawalas
2. India is rich in Thorium – a radioactive chemical element much safer than uranium for nuclear power:
This is how Thorium looks like
The Thorium-rich areas in India. Darker shades have greater concentration.
A Thorium based reactor.
3. May 26 is Switzerland’s Science Day in honour of former Indian president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam:
4. Some of the brightest minds are in India and they still serve selflessly:
Arvind Gupta (above) is one of the countless examples of geniuses who serve education and India selflessly.
5. Some of the world’s most pioneering and inspiring individuals:
6. These are African-origin Indians living here for the last 1400 years:
They are collectively referred to as Siddis.
They came to India as slaves of Arabs and Portuguese merchants
Besides following pure Indian traditions, the Siddis have also been able to preserve some of their African customs such as this dance
Siddis are largely concentrated in parts of Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
7. Roopkund Lake (Human skeleton lake)
Carbon dating of the bones puts them between 12th and 15th century. They are believed to be the remains of pilgrims who died in some natural disaster here.
8. Strange chants of Kerala:
Some ritual chants of Kerala can only be transmitted orally because they sound similar to bird songs. It is believed that this millenia-old tradition is the real manner in which humans spoke before developing a proper method of speech.
9. Mass bird suicides in Jatinga:
The Dima Hasao district of Assam has a village where birds have been committing ‘suicides’ for centuries now every year in the moonless nights of September and October. But scientists say it is because of the presence of lights and mist which confuse the birds leading to their death.
10. A Ghost Village:
Kuldhara (above and below) is a village in Rajasthan abandoned since 1800s. Locals say the village carries a curse of the original inhabitants who migrated to other places turning it into a ghost village.
11. Dinosaur Eggs and Skeletons are also found In India:
India also has its fair share of dinosaurs. Fossilized Dino eggs have been found in India areas of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The above image is of a fossilized skeleton. Many such bones with varying lengths have been found in Maharashtra.
12. Sthambheshwar Mahadev:
About 40 miles from Vadodara, in the small town of Kavi Kamboi of Gujarat, is the Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple. As can be seen from the picture, this temple of Lord Shiva remains mostly submerged during high tides and can only be visited during the low tide hours.
13. Bengal Swamps – West Bengal (Aleya Ghost lights):
Fishermen in the marshy regions of West Bengal have encountered mysterious lights. No explanation has been provided.
14. India has more mosques than there are churches in France:
India is home to 3,00,000 mosques which is more than any country of world.
15. Number of tourists visiting Uttarakhand is more than its population:
The population of Uttarakhand according to 2011 census was 10,116,752. The number of tourists visiting are 2.5 crore that same year.
16. The Temples of Faith:
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple (above) and the Tirupati Balaji temple (below) both receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.
17. India is the only country in the world which has both tigers and lions in the wild:
18. India was the first country in the world to produce steel:
19. The Bard:
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has written the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh – Jan Gana Mana (India) and Amar Sonar Bangla (Bangladesh).
20. The world’s largest film studio is Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad:
21. Lords of the Sticks:
India has won a total of eight golds in field hockey – six of them back to back – at the Olympics.
22. India’s Biodiversity:
India has three biodiversity hotspots. Except Brazil and Indonesia, no country or continent have more than two.
23. The Grand Anicut Dam:
The dam in the state of Tamil Nadu was built over 2000 years ago and is still standing.
The Salt Lake Stadium in Calcutta is the world’s second largest stadium by seating capacity. The largest is believed to be one in North Korea.
25. India’s first rocket on cycle and a satellite on bullock cart:
This 1981 picture shows the satellite being transported in a bullock cart and (below) is a picture from 1961 showing India’s first rocket being transported.