Facts About India That Will Hit You

110 million years ago, India used to be an island. 50 million years ago, India collided with the Asian continent which born the Himalayas mountain. Nowadays, India is the land of snake charmers and holy saints with the population of over a billion from all kinds of religions and ethnicities.

In this post, we will share with you some mind-blowing facts and achievements of India, besides being the second most populated country in the world.

1. Varanasi is one of The Oldest Inhabited Places of the World, located on the banks of river Ganges. Varanasi is the holy city of Banaras, aged at least 3000 years old although based on the Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva found this city over 5000 years ago. 

2. Lonar Lake in Maharashtra is formed by a plummeting Meteor about 52,000 years ago. This astronomical marvel is a must not miss destination, situated approximately 4-hour drive from Aurangabad and doubling as Maharashtra’s best-kept secret.

3. India Firsts 

Plenty of objects and concepts were developed in India beginning from the game of snakes and ladders to chess a.k.a Chaturanga, buttons, shampooing, the number pi, diamond mining, zero, algebra, trigonometry as well as the presence of water on the moon. 

4. World’s Only Floating Post Office

Besides having the largest number of post offices in the world, it also built its very own floating post office on Dal Lake in Srinagar, perched on a houseboat with a philately museum inside.

5. Wettest Place on Earth – Mawsynram

India also holds a Guinness record for having the highest average annual rainfall in the town named Meghalaya with annual amount of about 11,873 millimetres of rain due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The winter time of this region are spent in preparation for the following six-month-long monsoon.

Amazing Indian wedding tradition (part 2)

Mangalsultra

In the Hindu tradition, instead of exchanging wedding rings, the groom ties around the bride’s neck a mangalsultra with three knots which is a necklace with two gold pendants to signify a strong bonding for 100 years.

Colors

Vibrant colors such as red, gold, orange and burgundy fill all the space is the most remarkable parts of Indian weddings which is found on the attire, the flowers and decoration.

Attire

According to the traditional customs, the bride will wear Solah Shringar which is a 16-piece attire includes make up, jewelry, clothes and the most notable piece – the Mangtikka. The Mangtikkais the giant jewel the bride wears on her forehead and through the part of her hair. The actual garment and jewelry the bride wears will vary depending on what region she is from. However, each item shares the same meaning which is to bring out the natural beauty of the bride. 

On the contrary, the groom’s attire on a traditional Hindu wedding is not as complicated. He simply wears a Sherwani and Mojari, which is a type of shoe that is seen often in Mughal art. 

As for the female guests, they will be wearing a Sari or a Lengha in loud color as the bride and groom. They can also wear Bindis and Bangles or payals (anklets) as part of their custom wedding attire.

Every culture has it’s own characteristics of wedding traditions. Understanding about different wedding customs from around the world is a good way to blended in and living the life and shares the special traditions of other cultures and even to better understand your own. Indian weddings is one of the very rare unique customs that still remains till today. So if you plan on attending one or married a Hindu, it’s a great idea to gain a good understanding of what to expect

ALL THE REASONS TO TRAVEL TO INDIA (Part 1)

India is a vast country which is home to over 1 billion people with endless cultural experiences, festivals and activities to enjoy. If you haven’t been to India already, let me present here all reasons that would make you do it right away!

AMAZING CULTURE
India is a big country while much of it is rural, there are some incredible sights to be seen and discovered. At first arrival, it can be quite a cultural shock but as time goes by you’ll learn to embrace this diverse culture. There are so many interesting things that I can assure you haven’t seen before. No matter where you visit in India, from the north with the Himalayas to the south with stunning beaches or from the west with incredible desert to the east of notable tribal territory, you can be sure of a strong and unique experience.

INCREDIBLY CHEAP
India is not only incredibly beautiful but also incredibly cheap. You can have a full meal for just under EUR 1 Euro. There are also numerous recreational activities, transportation and accommodation offers for you to choose at very reasonable prices. Of course, in tourist attractions, beware of scrams who might want to charge you much more.

DELICIOUS FOOD
Indian food is famous all over the world for its unique spices and cooking method. You have probably tried a few Indian dishes such as Rogan Josh, Dosa and Naan Bread …at your local restaurant, however, the difference is huge with the “real deal”. It’s not only delicious, but also the range of dishes for you to choose is almost endless with regional dishes all over the country. If you are a food lover, it is definitely one of the main reasons why you should visit India!

MAJESTIC ARCHITECTURE
Whether you appreciate architecture or not, you’ll be amazed by the unique architecture of temples, forts, and various other buildings throughout India. The most famous one is, of course, the mighty Taj Mahal; however, there are many other stunning structures to admire around the country, with the best ones can be found in the region of Rajasthan.