10 Amazing facts about India

All poefs of Poefjuh are handmade in India and made of Indian dresses, which makes the poufs unique. With this Blog we learn more about this beautiful country and the origin of Poefjuh.

Did you know that India used to be an island more than 100 million years ago? About 50 million years ago, it collided with the Asian continent and thus was born the Himalayas. Fascinating, isn't it? With over a billion people from all kinds of religions and ethnicities, India is not only the second most populated country, but it also has in store some mind-blowing facts and achievements under its belt.

1. Land of Many 'Firsts', India Invented Snakes & Ladders, Shampooing, Algebra and More!

A plethora of objects and concepts originated in India starting from the game of snakes and ladders to chess a.k.a Chaturanga, buttons, shampooing, the number pi, diamond mining, zero, algebra, trigonometry along with the finding of the presence of water on the moon.

2. World's Only Floating Post Office in Dal Lake in Srinagar

India is not only known for the most significant number of post offices in the world, but it has its very own floating post office on Dal Lake in Srinagar. Perched on a houseboat, it also includes a philately museum within itself.

3. The Only Country With a Bill of Rights for Cows

From the moment an Indian's born, he has two mothers. One, his birth mother and two, Gaumata. Cows are believed to be holy in Hinduism, and the Constitution has a set of rules in place that prevents the sale and slaughter of cows.

4. The Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World

Are you a vegetarian? You will fit right in here. With the majority of the population following Hinduism, around 29%-40% of the people are vegetarians.

5. World's Largest Milk Producer

This is a world-record-breaking Fact About India. Love milk and milk products? Here's an interesting fact for you. Reaching over 155.5 million tonnes in 2015, India is the largest milk-producing country in the world.

6. The Himalayan Ranges Have 9 out of 10 World's Highest Peaks; A Large Part of Which is in India

The mighty Himalayas boast of 9 out of 10 world's highest peaks, the highest being Mt. Everest at 8,848 metres. While the entire Himalayas do not fall in India itself and a number of highest peaks are actually in Nepal, a large part of Himalayas are in India.

7. The Number of People Travelling in the Indian Railways Every Day is Equal to the Population of Australia

Connecting more than 7,172 stations, the Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia carrying over 23 million passengers daily in 12,617 trains.

8. 70% of all the world's spices come from India

According to Indian food theory, there are six different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter and astringent.

9. It is illegal to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India

The reason is Indian currency is not accepted legal transaction anywhere else than India. So it has to be converted to dollars before it can be taken out of India. Then there is a limit to rupees that can be converted to dollars.

10. Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years

Yoga's origins can be traced to northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in ancient sacred texts called the Rig Veda. The Vedas are a set of four ancient sacred texts written in Sanskrit.

Phew! That's a lot of unknown facts about India. Go on, pass it on to your friends and let their minds be blown away too!

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