India is the world’s largest democracy, with 1.2 billion people.
100 million people come to India’s Kumbh Mela Festival, the world’s biggest gathering of humans.
India’s Hindu calendar has 6 seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal.
It’s illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
An Indian man claims he hasn’t eaten or drunk for 70 years. After many tests, doctors still don’t know how it’s possible.
Breathing the air in Mumbai, India, for just one day is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
The world’s biggest family lives together in India: a man with 39 wives and 94 children.
A man married a dog in India as atonement.
Police officers in one state in India are given a slight pay upgrade for having a moustache.
India has the world’s lowest meat consumption per person.
India has more mobile phones than toilets.
Children’s Day is celebrated in India on November 14th, 9 months after Valentine’s Day.
61% of school children in India have disease-causing germs on their hands.
In West Bengal, India, cows must have a Photo ID Card.
One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes.
70% of all the world’s spices come from India.
Sex toys are illegal in India.
India has the largest slave population in the modern world with over 14 million slaves.
To earn enough to buy a Big Mac, the average person in India has to work three and a half hours.
53% of homes in India do not have a lavatory.
In India, a polling station is set up in a forest for a lone voter in every election since 2004.
India has more population than the entire Western Hemisphere of Earth.
“Anal” is a language spoken in India and Burma by 23,000 people.
In India, there is a vigilante group called the “Love Commandos” that offers protection from harassment to couples from different castes who fall in love.
While Beijing’s pollution problem is more famous, the world’s most polluted city is New Delhi, India.
India’s “Go Air” airline only hires female flight attendants because they are lighter, so they save up to US$500,000 per year in fuel.
Gleevec, a cancer drug that costs US$70,000 in the U.S. per year, cost just US$2,500 in India because it can’t be patented there.
A con man in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
Between 100,000 and 500,000 abortions per year continue to be performed in India solely because the fetus is female.
Judaism arrived in India 2500 years ago with no recorded instances of anti-Semitism from the local populace ever since.
The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, built a home valued at US$1 billion. It’s a 27-story building with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a 4-storey hanging garden and a cinema.
There is a gypsy tribe in India that celebrates death as one of the happiest events in their lives, while treating births with great grief.
The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class.
In 1954, archaeologists excavating an 8th-century Viking settlement in Sweden found a Buddha statuette from India.
India is expected to be the world’s most populous country by 2050. With 1.6 billion people, it will almost equal the U.S. and China’s population combined.
Indian housewives hold 11% of the World’s Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.
In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form.
Global warming ‘solved’ a land dispute between India and Bangladesh: the island in dispute disappeared.
In 2009, a doctor in India removed 172,155 stones from a patient’s left kidney during a three-hour surgery.
A man revived 5 rivers and brought water back to 1000 villages in India using native water-preservation techniques.
In India, many brides use the “Bichiya”: a wedding ring for the toe.
In South India, people roll over food leftovers served to Brahmins in the belief that all troubles and ailments will be cured.
There’s a village in India that produces most bouncers and bodyguards of New Delhi’s nightclubs.
74% of young Indians prefer an arranged marriage over a free-choice one, a 2013 survey found.
Only about 1 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in the world.
13 of the 20 most polluted cities in world are just in India.
India has more people using the internet than the entire population of the U.S.
During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men. At least 38 Indians received the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.
There 2.5 million of Zero Rupee bank notes in India. They are “paid” in protest by angry citizens to government functionaries who solicit bribes.
The people of North Sentinel Island, India, are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization.