Incredible India

There are many things that you may not know about INDIA. Here you find some interesting Incredible facts and things about India - "It Happens Only In INDIA"

Snakes & Ladder Board game - originated in ancient India, where it was known with the name Mokshapat or Moksha Patamu.It is not actually known when or who invented it, though it's believed the game was played at a time as early as 2nd century BC. According to some historians, the game was invented by Saint Gyandev in the 13th century AD. Click here to read more

Siachin : World Highest Battle Field - The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya Mountains along the disputed India-Pakistan border at about 35°30′N 77°00′E / 35.5°N 77.0°E. India controls all of the Siachen Glacier itself, including all tributary glaciers. The Siachen Glacier (Siachen meaning "Black Rose" in Balti), discovered in 1907, is the world´s longest glacier outside the polar regions and world highest battle field. Click here to read more

Chail : World's Highest Cricket Ground - Chail (fohighest cricket ground (2,444 metres) built in 1893. (The Maharaja of Patiala had a penchant for cricket and had a vast stretch of land flattened in the Himalayan terrain for cricket.) The ground has the world's highest cricket pitch. Chail Cricket ground has brought fame to India brmer summer capital of Patiala) is 43 km from Shimla. Three km from the village is the world’s y becoming the highest cricket ground in the whole world. Click here to read more

Bailey Bridge : World Highest Bridge - The Bailey bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan Mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982. It is 30 meters (98 ft) long, and is at an altitude of 5,602 meters (18,379 ft) above sea level. Click here to read more

Varanasi : oldest city of the world -Varanasi also commonly known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi is a city situated on the left (west) bank of the River Ganga (Ganges) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, regarded as holy by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Senthoo. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Varanasi is located between two rivers Varana and Asi, and hence the name Varanasi. Click here to read more

Akshardham : World’s largest Hindu Temple - Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India, recognized as the world's largest temple by Guinness World Records. It also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham. The complex displays centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. Click here to read more.

Kharagpur : World’s longest Platform - The longest railway platform in the world (1,072 metres, or 3,538 feet) is at Kharagpur, West Bengal (India). The platform was originally 716m long. Its length was extended twice, once to 833m and then to its present length. Click here to read more.

Khardung La - World's Highest Motorable Road - Khardung La (la means pass in Tibetan) (elevation 5359 m) is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The local pronunciation is "Khardong La" or "Khardzong La," but, as with most names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling varies. It is the highest motorable road in the world as signs put up by the Border Roads Organization proudly proclaim. Click here to read more.

 

Deepest "Step Well" of the world - Chand Baori - In the village Abhaneri near Jaipur in Rajasthan, state of India you can find Chand Baori, a famous deepest step well of the world. Chand Baori was built in 9th century by the King Raja Chand . It’s 35 m wide from each side, 13 stories, 3500 narrow steps and is 100 feet deep. Click here to read more.

 

World's oldest dam - Grand Anicut Dam - The Grand Anicut, also known as the Kallanai, is an ancient dam built on the Kaveri River near Tirchi in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It was built by the Chola king Karikalan around the 2nd Century BC and is considered one of the oldest water-diversion or water-regulator structures in the world, still in use. Click here to read more.


World's Highest Helipad - The world's highest helipad, built by India, is located in the Siachen Glacier at a height of 21,000 feet (6400 m) above the sea level. Click here to read more.

Mawsynram : Wettest Place in the World - Mawsynram is a village in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 56 kilometers from Shillong. It is reportedly the wettest place on Earth, with an annual rainfall of 11,872 mm (about 39 feet), but since it has no meteorological department in the area, Cherrapunji is still officially considered the place recording world’s highest rainfall. Click here to read more.

Buland Darwaza : Highest Gateway in the World - Buland Darwaza meaning 'high' or 'great' gate in Persian, is the largest of gateways in the world. It is located in Fatehpur Sikri which is located 43 km away from Agra, India. It is also known as the "Gate of Magnificence". It was built by Akbar following his victory in battle in 1573 - when Gujarat fell to him. The walled city of Fatehpur Sikri is dominated by this stupendous structure. Click here to read more.


Indian Railways : World's Largest Employer - Indian Railways has one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world, transporting over 18 million passengers and more than 2 million tonnes of freight daily. It is the world's largest commercial or utility employer, with more than 1.4 million employees. Click here to read more.

Tirupati Temple : World's Richest Temple - Tirumala Tirupati Temple is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswara and is accredited for being the most visited temple of India and second most visited shrine in the world after Vetican. Considered as the most sacred and the richest temple in the world, Tirupati temple is situated in the town of Tirupati. Click here to read more.

Hikkim : World's Highest Post-office - With 1,55,618 post offices and over 5,66,000 employees, India has the largest postal network in the world. We can also boast of the world's highest post office. This branch post office is located in small town of Hikkim, in Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at height of 15500 feet and was opened of nov.5,1983. The pin code for this post office is 172114. Click here to read more.

Bhut Jolokia : World's Hottest Chilli - The Naga Jolokia Chili Pepper is also known as Bhut Jolokia, Ghost Chili, Ghost Pepper or Naga Morich - this is a chili pepper recognized as the hottest in the world. In 2007, the Guinness World Records held it to be the hottest chili, replacing the Red Savina strain of habanero chili. It is a naturally occurring interspecific hybrid originating from the northeast of India, particularly Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. Click here to read more.

DDLJ : World's Longest Running Movie - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) an Indian film which was premiered on 19 October 1995 and was released nationwide on 20 October 1995. It was directed by Aditya Chopra, and stars Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, and Amrish Puri. The movie remains the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema. In 2001, it broke the continuous-exhibition record, established by the movie ‘Sholay’ at Minerva Theatre (5 years: 1975 – 1980). And now as of March 2009, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ has set yet another world records by completing “700 weeks” of continuous play in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir theater. On October 20th, 2009 the movie completed 15 years of non-stop running. Click here to read more.

Jaivana : World's Largest Cannon - The Jaivana cannon is the world's biggest wheeled cannon ever made. It is located at the Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur. It was cast in 1720, during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur. Click here to read more.

Millenium Park Bus Depot : World's Largest Bus Depot - The largest bus station in the world is Millennium Park Bus Depot in Delhi, India. The depot is comprehensive in all respects, with parking space for around 1,000 buses, five workshop-cum-bus scanning centres, seven dormitories for Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) officers, night stay for 500 persons, eight washing pits, four underground tanks for washing buses and two CNG filling stations, among other facilities. Officials said the depot was constructed within a very short period at a cost of Rs 61 crore and can be called the greenest depot in the country. Click here to read more.

Ramoji Film Studio : World's Largest Film Studio - The largest integrated film production complex is the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad which opened in 1996 with 47 sound stages. It is also a popular tourism and recreation centre, containing both natural and artificial attractions including an amusement park. It is situated near Hayathnagar and Peddamberpet on Hyderabad - Vijayawada, NH9 highway, about 25 km South-East of Hyderabad. Click here to read more.


World's Largest Solar Kitchen - India is well-known for delicious food, and the kitchen is considered to be a sacred place in any Indian home. And now India has something else to be proud of: the world’s largest solar kitchen. The solar kitchen has been set up at Taleti, near Mount Abu, situated at a height of 1219 m above sea level in Rajasthan. Click here to read more.

World's Largest Family - Residing in a 100-room four story mansion outside of Baktawang in Mizoram, Ziona Chana is married to 39 women with whom he has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren. Click here to read more.

Antilia - World's Most Expensive Home - The Antilia is a more than $1 billion family home in South Mumbai, built for India’s richest man (and Forbes’ fourth richest man) Mukesh Ambani - the billionaire Chairman of Reliance Industries, his wife, three children and his mother. Antilia is named after the mythical island in the Atlantic, Antillia. Click here to read more.

Kotilingeshawara - World's Largest Shiva Lingam - Kotilingeshwara is the principal deity of the Kotilingeshwara temple. This temple lies in the Kammasandra village in the district of Kolar in Karnataka state. It is about five kilometers from Kolar Gold Fields and about 6 Kilometers from Aalamaram. This place has the distinction of having one of the largest Shivalinga in the world. Over 2 Lakh divotees visit the temple on Maha Shivratri every year. Click here to read more.

World's Highest ATM in Sikkim - On December 12, 2003, UTI Bank inaugurated its ATM at Thegu, near the Nathu-la Pass in Sikkim, which is at 13,200 feet above sea level. That makes it an ATM at the highest location in India. Click here to read more.

India’s first floating Post office is on Dal Lake, Srinagar - India’s first floating Post office is on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the first of its kind in the country. It was inaugurated by  Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on August 22'2011. Click here to read more.

Hirakud Dam - World's Longest Man-made Dam - Hirakud Dam is built across the Mahanadi River, about 15 km from Sambalpur in the state of Orissa in India. Built in 1957, the dam is one of the world's longest earthen dam. Hirakud Dam is the longest man-made dam in the world, about 16 mi (26 km) in length. It is one of the first major multipurpose river valley project started after India's independence. The name of the dam is mostly mis-pronounced in North India as Hirakund which is actually Hirakud. Click here to read more.

Jal Mahal, Jaipur - It’s a historical place, built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD. As we know it’s located in the middle of the mansagar Lake. This mansagar lake was formed by constructing a dam between the 2 hills by Sawai man Singh. This is a best example of Rajputs architecture, Jal Mahal is deployed with vast architectural. Click here to read more.
Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Majuli - World's Largest Fresh Water Island - Majuli is the largest fresh Water mid-river deltaic island in the world. It is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam. Its wide blue sky, Holy River floating across the banks, and beautiful landscape is the best example of God’s creation. Click here to read more.

City Montessori School, Lucknow - World's Largest School by People - City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow is a private school that offers education up to the level of under-graduation, in Lucknow, India. The school is the largest school in the world in terms of pupils. By 2010 its enrollment had reached 39,437 pupils. CMS is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. The school has been ranked 6th in the "most respected secondary schools" in India list compiled by IMRB in 2007. Click here to read more.
Yak Golf Course - World's Highest Golf Course - Situated at a height at of 13,025 from the sea level, Yak Golf Course in Kupup in East Sikkim do features in Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Golf Course in the World on 10 October, 2006. Click here to read more.

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) - World largest CNG powered bus service operator- Prior to independence in 1930s, public transport in the Delhi was in private hands, with people relying mainly on tangas and the bus services of the ‘Gwalior Transport Company’ and ‘Northern India Transport Company’.  But with the growing city, it soon proved inadequate, thus Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus system was established in May 1948. DTC -  CNG powered bus service operator in the world is the main public transport operator of Delhi and NCR region. It's also the world cleanest public bus service running on CNG. Click here to read more.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam - World's Largest Masonry Dam- Nagarjuna Sagar Dam  is the world's largest masonry (brick or stonework) dam built across Krishna River in Nagarjuna Sagar, Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, India, between 1955 and 1967. It creates the third largest man-made lake in the world. Apart from this, some remains of the Buddhist civilization dating back to the 3rd century A.D, are seen on an island called Nagarjunakonda located in a man-made lake on the other side of the river Krishna. Click here to read more.

Sivappu Mazhai - World's Fastest Film Produced (Script to Screen) - The shortest time taken to make a feature length film from scripting to screening is 11 days 23 hours and 45 minutes for Sivappu Mazhai (India, 2009) produced in Chennai, India, from 22 May to 3 June 2009. The world fastest movie is scheduled for theatrical release on April 2010 around the world. Click here to read more.


Mahabharata - World's Longest Epic Poem - The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. The epic is part of itihasa. With more than 74,000 verses and about 1.8 million words in total, the Mahabharata is one of the longest epic poems in the world. It is roughly ten times the size of the Iliad and Odyssey combined, roughly five times longer than Dante's Divine Comedy, and about four times the size of the Ramayana. Click here to read more.

World's Largest Photo Album (Wedding) - Bharatmatrimony.com, largest matchmaking company with presence both online, with over 450 Matrimony portals, and offline with 150+ company owned retail outlets, gathered to set the Guinness Book of World Record with the World’s Largest Photo Album (Wedding) featuring the contributions by the public. Click here to read more.

Great Rann of Kutch - World's Largest Salt Desert - The Great Rann of Kutch, is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) in size and is reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world. Click here to read more.

Pangong Lake (Ladakh) - one of the highest and largest lake in Asia - Pangong Lake also called Pangong Tso or Banggong Co (Tibetan) is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft).  It is 135 km long one of the largest lake in Asia. Its area falls under both India and China. One third of it is in India and remaining in China. Click here to read more.


World's Biggest Motorcycle Riding Human Pyramid - On June 11, 2008, the Indian Army’s "Dare Devil" motorcycle display team broke its own record to form the world’s biggest motorcycle riding pyramid of people. Team has found a place in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records when it successfully carried 251 men on 11 motorcycles for a record-breaking distance of 240 metres. Several army jawans, officers and common people gathered at the ground to witness the event. Click here to read more.

Jamnagar Refinery - World's Largest Oil Refining Complex - The Jamnagar Refinery is a private sector crude oil refinery owned by Reliance Industries in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. The refinery was commissioned on 14 July 1999 with an installed capacity of 668,000 barrels per day (106,200 m3/d). It is the largest refinery in the world. Click here to read more.

Taj-Ul-Masjid : Asia's Largest Mosque - Taj-ul-Masajid literally means "the crown of mosques", also spelt as Taj-ul-Masaajid and Taj-ul-Masjid,  is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India. This is the largest mosque in Asia. Click here to read more.

Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid : Asia's Smallest Mosque  - Some things in Bhopal are difficult to miss; like Upper Lake, the largest manmade lake in India, which dominates the landscape here, or Taj-ulMasjid, the immense mosque – one of Asia’s largest – which tops any list of city sights.  But until recently I, like pretty much everyone else who’s ever been Bhopal, had no idea that this fascinating city was also home to the Asia’s smallest mosque – Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid (Mosque of two and half step). Click here to read more.

India first superfast double decker train - The first superfast air-conditioned Double Decker (12931/12932) Ahmedabad-Mumbai express train was flagged off on September 19, 2012 by the Union Minister of State for Railways Bharat Sinh Solanki. Click here to read more.

Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple - World's Richest Hindu Temple - Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The shrine is currently run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore. It has become the World’s richest Hindu temple (overtaking the Tirupati Temple) after a vast treasure trove of gold coins, jewels and precious stones were unearthed. The opening of four vaults reveals a vast bounty that unofficial estimates at 22 billion US dollars (1,00,000 Crores). Click here to read more.

Bhangarh-Asia's Most Haunted Place - At the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, between Jaipur and Alwar in Rajasthan, is Bhangarh, popularly known as the “ghost city of India. It is considered to be the Most Haunted Place in whole Asia. Click here to read more.


Hero Cycles - World's No. 1 Cycle Manufacturer - Hero Cycles Limited, based in Ludhiana Punjab, India, is a manufacturer of bicycles and bicycle related products. Hero Cycles Ltd (HCL), established in 1956, became the largest bicycle manufacturer in the country in 1975. The Hero Group company went on to become the world’s No 1 in 1986.Click here to read more.

Kashmiri Saffron - World's Costliest Spice - Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus and is considered to be the most expensive spice of the world. Click here to read more.

World's Largest Chapati - The largest chapati weighed 63.99 kg (141 lb 1 oz) and was made by the Shree Jalarm Mandir Jirnodhar Samitee organisation at the Jalaram Temple, Jamnagar, on 15 January 2005. Click here to read more.

Tungnath - World's Highest Hindu Pilgrimage - The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) is the world’s  highest Hindu pilgrim Temple  dedicated to Shiva. Tungnath situated in the height of above 12000ft in Rundraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. Click here to read more.

Indra Sabha - Movie having most no. of Songs - Movie Indra Sabha released in 1932,  the very next year after Alam Ara (first Indian talkie), holds the world record for having most no. of songs in any musical ever made. It featured 71 songs...................Click here to read more.

The Grand Dragon Hotel - World's Highest Hotel - Hotel The Grand Dragon Ladakh, the only Star Luxury hotel in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir is the world’s highest hotel. It is situated at 11300 ft...................Click here to read more. 

Khajuraho Group of Monuments - The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho is a famous tourist and archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs, famous for their erotic sculptures. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India...................Click here to read more. 

World's Tallest Family - The Kulkarni family has been featured in Limca Book of Records since the inception as the tallest couple with a combined height of 4.09 m. They are now hoping to set a new world record with their combined height. Sharad Kulkarni, 52, stands at 7ft 1.5-inch tall and his wife Sanjot, 46, is 6ft 2.6-inches tall. Their daughters, 22-year-old Mruga and 16-year-old Sanya, are 6ft 1inch and 6ft 4inches respectively. The four-member family's combined height is a staggering 26ft................... Click here to read more. 

Hindustan Ambassador - World's Best Taxi - The good old Hindustan Ambassador car was voted as the world’s best taxi in the Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear, a global automotive programme aired on the BBC in 2013. The Top Gear-organised show saw India’s Amby beat its competitors from all over the world...................Click here to read more. 



World most expensive Indian Silk Saree - Navratna stones and gold embroidery – The Chennai Silks used all that and more to weave the 'Vivaah Patu', the most expensive Indian silk sari in the world sold at Rs. 3,931,627, and entered the Guinness World Records in 2008...................Click here to read more.

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