16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet

16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet

Unsanitary conditions, dirt,
and poverty are the first things that come to mind when they cross India off of
their travel list. But they shouldn’t. India is a country of great wisdom,
incredible history, ruins of ancient cities, eastern spices, and beautiful
nature. This is the country that gave the world a great civilization, numbers,
chess, Ayurveda, and badminton. This world can amaze even the most experienced
traveler.
Bright Side has collected
interesting facts about this country and we hope you will want to visit it
after reading this article.
1.
Amazing local color



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
India is a multinational
country where there are 400 co-existing ethnic groups. There are a lot of young
people here. Half of the population are men and women before the age of 25, and
2/3 are young people before the age of 35. The constitution of the country
states that there are 21 official languages and 1,600 languages counting all
dialects.
Women wear sarees while men
wear jeans and T-shirts that we’re all familiar with. Older people wear lungi —
pieces of fabric wrapped around the body. The local people are very nice, open,
generous, and they love tourists.
2.
Unique flora and fauna



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
When tourists come to India,
they hope to see elephants. But they are very expensive animals that only
wealthy people can afford. Camels, on the other hand, are quite affordable.
Cows are deeply respected.
They can simply walk in huge cities like Delhi. In most states, if you kill a
cow, the act will be punishable by law. For example, in the state of Haryana,
someone who kills a cow can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Only Muslims,
Christians, and some other people eat beef.
Rare plants and animals are
identified with this country. 1/3 of the flora is completely unique. You won’t
see such plants in any place in the world.
3.
Transportation



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
Be careful on the roads since
there are no rules here. If you want to be noticed — honk. The honk gives you
the right to make any turn, so don’t be surprised to see a sudden move after
the sound.
The level of comfort in public
transportation directly depends on the price. For example, Second Sitting
General Class is only used by the cheapest inhabitants, passengers sit not only
on seats but also on the floor and baggage shelves. If you pay more, you can
hope for a compartment with air conditioning.
If you want to see true
luxury, choose Maharajas’ Express Train that consists of 5-star cars. This is
the best train in all of Asia.
4.
Something to see



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
Mumbai is both the poorest and
the richest city in India — you can see both slums and skyscrapers there. In
Jaipur, you can see the biggest sundial in the world.
You have to visit the famous
temples: Tirumala Venkateswara temple, Ellora Caves, Somnath temple, Kashi
Vishwanath temple, Jagannath, Meenakshi, Nelumbo and many others. There are
also a lot of mosques here — more than 300,000.
One of the main sights of
India, the Taj Mahal, took 30 years and 20,000 workers to build.
5.
Food



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
The people in India are used
to really spicy food. Even if you ask them not to add too many spices, you will
get food with a lot of cumin, asafetida, and garam masala.
Most inhabitants are
vegetarians so there are a lot of places where you can buy vegetables. In
India, you can find thick, thin, small and big, red, yellow and green bananas.
Good news for those who love mangos: in New Delhi, there is an annual festival
dedicated to this fruit.
The dishes will impress you
too: in the north, there are bowls made of clay and leaves. They use them not
because they are eco-friendly but because they are cheaper than plastic or
paper dishes. Banana leaves are used as dishes in the south.
6.
Drinks



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
You can buy water in bottles
everywhere. However, it’s hard to find alcohol. It’s not officially prohibited
to sell it, but it is frowned upon. In some states, it’s officially banned. But
it’s possible to buy it illegally in some hotels and restaurants.
You absolutely have to try
masala chai — a drink with a tender and soft taste.
7.
Medicine



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
India is the motherland of
Ayurveda. It’s not just a treatment method — it’s a philosophy. Many tourists
come to India for the treatment when traditional medicine can’t help them.
The treatment includes healing
oils, herbs, juices, massages, and herbal pills. Even if your health is good,
you should have these preventive procedures. Just look at the hair and skin of
Indian women to understand why Ayurveda is so popular.
8.
Dance



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
The movements represent
everything: people, animals, plants, nature, and emotions. Every gesture has a
symbolic meaning, the sequence is also important. The oldest dance,
Bharatanatyam, is over 5,000 years old. Kathakali is the dance of men. The
costumes and makeup are especially elaborate, with faces made to look like
painted masks and enormous headdresses. Manipuri is popular in northwestern
India.
9.
Find the point



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
India is the place in the
world where people go looking for the meaning of life. Even centuries later,
people here still know the secrets of living in harmony with the world and each
other.
If you are in need of
spiritual enlightenment, you should visit ashrams — places for spiritual
practices with gurus. You can find several thousand of ashrams in the country.
The program includes meditations, reciting mantras, lectures, meeting with
teachers, and other things.
10.
The world of islands and sunken ships



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
There are 8 islands near the
Goa coast that attract divers from all around the world. During the course of
the long history of India, there has been a huge number of shipwrecks. There
are hundreds of Arabian and Portuguese sunken ships at the bottom of the ocean.
Some shipwrecks haven’t been properly researched yet.
People who just want to lie on
the beach will also enjoy India. The ocean here can easily compete with Rio,
Ibiza, and Australia. The temperature of the water is around 80°F throughout
the entire year. The beautiful sand, the pure water, and the great atmosphere
are all reasons why this place is a popular destination for newlyweds.
11.
The remains of ancient civilizations



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
Those who love history should
definitely go to India.
In Hampi, you can find the
remains of ancient cities, palaces, temples, and other buildings of different architectural
styles: almost the entire history of humanity is represented here. This is one
of the oldest settlements in India and the world so there are always a lot of
tourists here.
12.
No is yes. And other strange things…



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet

  • If you ask a question in India
    and someone shakes their head, it doesn’t mean “no.” In India, it means “yes.”
  • People wake up early in India
    — at about 5 AM — 6 AM. This is because working during the day is too hard
    because of the heat.
  • In the north of the country,
    people eat on the floor even in the wealthiest of families. Interestingly, they
    have tables and chairs, but they are used to storing things on them.
  • Use only the right hand for
    saying “hello” or for paying: the left hand is considered to be “dirty” and you
    may deeply offend the locals if you offer it to them.
  • Don’t be surprised if someone
    touches you in the street: it’s because people believe that they can be born
    with a different skin color in the next life.
  • Even people who don’t have a
    lot of money throw really big and lavish weddings. Newlyweds invite not only
    friends and relatives but also people they barely know, including tourists. The
    number of guests can be from 300 to 1,500.
13.
You should know this:



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet

There is no central hot water
supply in India. In 3-star hotels, there are boilers, and in cheaper places,
hot water is poured manually. There may be no toilet paper, either. They use a
shower next to the toilet. In guesthouses and hotels, you will find toilet
paper.
Despite the stereotype that
India is very dirty, the houses are always very clean, even though streets may
be dirty. They don’t have running water or a sewage system. You won’t have such
problems in places with many tourists unless you go to the slums.
Don’t forget: India can be
very different and each region is special. The things you will see in a small
town are completely different from a huge city.
14.
Don’t forget to be grateful.



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
In cafes and restaurants, it’s
okay to leave tips — from 3% to 10%. Rickshaws and masseurs are also happy to
get a tip, and local kids love pens, sweets, and coins.
Tourists often claim that
staff in hotels and cafes are not hospitable enough. Here, people have to work
a lot which, unfortunately, has a negative impact on their mood. But the local
people are always happy to see you.
15.
Cinema



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
Indians are very talented
people. Around 1,600 movies are produced each year. India makes more movies
than any other country in the world and Indian movies are shown in over 90
countries.
16.
And a few more nice things



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
Cellular service and mobile
internet are very cheap in India. So, you can take as many pictures as you want
and instantly share them with your friends.
Other things are also very
cheap. For example, a lunch with chicken or fish costs around $1 and a cup of
tea costs about $0.20. The prices for food are way cheaper than at most resorts
around the world.
Also, there is no language
barrier: India is the second country in the world after the US in terms of the
number of English-speaking people.
Where
to go?



16 Facts About India That Can Make You Regret You Haven’t Visited This Country Yet
The choice of state for the
trip depends on what you want:

  • Diving, swimming, fishing —
    Saint George island;
  • Diving for experienced people,
    sunken ships — Grand Island;
  • Rich underwater world —
    Netrani island;
  • Treatment, Ayurveda — the
    state of Kerala;
  • Spas — the south of Goa;
  • Parties, clubs — the north of
    Goa;
  • The best beaches — the west of
    India, Goa;
  • History — Delhi.
If you are not scared of
difficulties and you are ready to face challenges that will leave you with an
unforgettable experience, pack your bags and buy a ticket! India is waiting for
you!
Which fact about this country
amazed you the most? Tell us in the comments section below!
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.