What are some unbelievable facts about India?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:

Thank you for the A2A.

Besides the ones mentioned in other answers, here are a few which have baffled even me…

#1 – The Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 67,312 km (41,826 mi) and 7,112 stations. In 2014-15, IR carried 8.397 billion passengers annually or more than 23 million passengers a day (roughly half of whom were suburban passengers) and 1058.81 million tons of freight in the year.

In 2014–2015 Indian Railways had revenues of ₹1,634.50 billion (US$24 billion) which consists of ₹1,069.27 billion (US$16 billion) from freight and ₹402.80 billion (US$6.0 billion) from passengers tickets.

#2 – With strength of over 1.3 million active personnel, the Indian Armed Forces is the world’s 3rd largest military force and has the world’s largest volunteer army.

#3 – India is currently the world’s largest producer of milk and milk products. This was made possible by Amul which spurred India’s ground-breaking White Revolution.

Amul is a brand managed by a cooperative body, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), which today is jointly owned by 3.6 million milk producers in Gujarat.

#4 – India is home to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

In terms of assets gold and precious stones, it is by far the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world, with an estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults (not accounting for historical value).

#5 – The city of Varanasi (also called Kashi or Benaras) is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

The spiritual capital of India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism.

#6 – Among the many things invented in India are chess, shirt buttons, shampoo and rulers!

#7 – India has a road network of over 4,689,842 kilometres (2,914,133 mi) in 2013, the second largest road network in the world.

At 0.66 km of roads per square kilometre of land, the quantitative density of India’s road network is similar to that of the United States (0.65) and far higher than that of China (0.16) or Brazil (0.20).

#8 – Despite its military prowess, India has never invaded and attacked any country till date, although many foreign powers have repeatedly invaded, attacked and looted India several times over.

#9 – The English word “mango” (plural “mangoes” or “mangos”) originated from the Malayalam word മാങ്ങ (māṅṅa) via the Portuguese (who called it manga) during the spice trade with Kerala in 1498.

#10 – India is the only country where international fast food giants Subway, KFC and McDonald’s had to introduce vegetarian options in their otherwise internationally standardized menu.

This is because India has the world’s biggest vegetarian population with over 312,500,000 individuals being strict vegetarians, as of a 2014 census. That is about 29% of the total world vegetarian population.

They also permanently brought in Indian flavor variants like the Tikka, Seekh and Tandoori flavors to cater to the Indian crowd, something they do not usually do elsewhere in the world.

||All numbers & statistics from Wikipedia||

What are some unbelievable facts about India?

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