India is a huge, enigmatic part of our world, and there are a lot of interesting things to come out of the diverse South Asian country, which is why we’ve put together a list of 10 facts about India that you probably didn’t know.
1.Over 100 million years ago in the age of the dinosaurs, India was an island. It was only until 50 million years or so later that it would collide with Asia and the two continents’ coastal areas formed the Himalayas.
2.India doesn’t have a national language, but it is said that the number of languages spoken in the country is over 1000.
3.India has the world’s largest film industry with over 1000 films produced each year.
4.India has the largest population of cattle in the world, and therefore produces the most milk.
5.Gold is one of India’s biggest obsessions and the country is the largest buyer of gold in the world.
6.India prides itself on having the largest democracy in the world.
7.“Chaturanga” means ‘four members of an army’ and was India’s gift to the world. The game “Chaturanga” is now commonly known as chess.
8.The country is home to the largest number of English speakers in the world.
9.Yoga originated in India 5000 years ago.
10.India has the largest number of vegetarians in the world.