With its vibrant culture, diverse terrain, and extensive history, India has always held a special place on every traveller’s bucket list. While Mughal architecture, Statue of Unity, and Indian cuisine are world famous, it becomes very important to break away from the usual to learn more about lesser known facts that are rarely covered by any textbooks and tour guides:
Floating Post Office
Having the largest postal network in the world, India has become the only country worldwide to have a floating post office, which has been in existence since British times and is two centuries old. It is located in Dal Lake in Srinagar and was opened in August 2011. Before that, it was called Nehru Park Post Office.
India was once an island
More than 100 million years ago, at the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, most of what is now India was an island. India was part of the supercontinent Gondwanaland and after 50 million years collided with Asia, disturbing the coastal regions of the continents and creating the Himalayas.
Several limits of Uttar Pradesh
Rarely any geography books mention that Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, shares its borders with nine different states and one country as well. Those states include Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Furthermore, Uttar Pradesh is also a neighbor of Nepal.
A hornbill’s nest is built in Pak, Arunachal Pradesh
In the forest of Papum Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh and Pakke Tiger Reserve, the Hornbill’s Nest Adoption Program (HNAP), a community-based initiative working to conserve tropical birds – hornbills and their habitats in the state, has been launched. This initiative allows you to adopt a hornbill’s nest in the area, which ultimately saves a tree. In an effort to ensure that the birds and the nest are safe, the village appoints a guard for the adopted nest.
Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar in Jorhat, Assam
Established by the reformer saint Madhavdeva, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor is a Vaishanvite place of worship in the Jorhat district of Assam. It is believed that in 1528, Madhavdeva lit an earthen lamp at the time of the celebration and it has been burning continuously since then. The priest in the village of Dhekiakhowa regularly refills the lamp with mustard oil to keep it burning.
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