Indian culture is a distinctive blend of eastern values and western freedom. It could sound very confounding to someone who is new to the country. No other country has such a fine and colorful brew of culture, people and beliefs. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, each part of India is unconventional and abandons you in amazement. The minute you step off a plane, you could have a first-hand encounter with a cow on a bustling road or jarring of fretful horns may vex you. However, this shakes off so quick, that each minute in India explodes you with the unique stream of life. For example, Indians consider their body as their temple however the left hand is considered to be unclean. Cows are sacred, snakes are God's form and then again, the land is the origination of the calculative game of all, Chess. It is safe to say that you are still confused and amazed at the same time about Indian culture?
How about we delve into the top cultural facts of India to enable you to comprehend them better.
The number of people traveling in the Indian Railways every day is equal to the population of Australia! Connecting more than 7,172 stations, the Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia carrying over 23 million passengers daily in 12,617 trains. If you want to enjoy the raw culture of the land, take a local train ride in any of the metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and others.
Floating Post Office
Yes, you read that right! India having the largest number of post offices is a known fact. But, India’s first floating post office was inaugurated in 2011, Dal Lake, Srinagar. This post office is looked as a tribute to the already beautiful Dal lake. Perched on a houseboat, it also includes a postal stamps museum within itself.
Most Visited Place In The World
Yes, apart from millions of people visiting the country every year which keeps growing, we have one destination that has been awarded by the World Book Of Records, the Golden Temple of Amritsar to be the most visited place in the world. The Golden Temple in India feeds about a hundred thousand people irrespective of their religion or race and what could possibly be better than that.
Largest River Island
The Guinness World Records has declared Majuli in Assam as the largest river island in the world. It has toppled Marajo in Brazil to clinch the record. The beautiful river island is situated on the Brahmaputra river and serves as a major tourist attraction and you certainly shouldn't miss out on the chance to see Majuli up close whenever you tick off Assam from your list.
Asia’s Biggest Spice Market
Home to the largest wholesale spice market in Asia, Khari Baoli sits near the Red Fort in Old Delhi. Dating back to the 16th century, the stalls here sell spices, nuts and dried fruits from across northern India and Afghanistan. You’ll find everything from dried mulberries to khoya, as well as classics like turmeric and allspice(Kabab Chinni). You could practically taste the spice-filled aroma on your tongue once you enter this heaven of spices.
World’s First Hospital Train
Lifeline Express is the world's first hospital-train! Established in 1991, the train has traveled the length and breadth of the country, bringing medical aid and relief to the most far-flung, inaccessible areas. Till date, the Lifeline Express has treated around one million poor people from across rural India free of charge. And nearly two lakh medical professionals from the world have donated their services for rural health. The projects were sponsored both by private and public organizations.
Temple Of Rats
And yes, we know it only happens in India. Bikaner may be known for its camel safaris and impressive fort in the state of Rajasthan, but it is also known for its unique temple in the town of Deshnok that never fails to attract devotees and tourists. The Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan is home to thousands of rats whom pilgrims consider to be their ancestors and worship, making it one of the strangest attractions of the country.
Everyone likes to enjoy a spa, isn’t it? Not only humans but even elephants also love and enjoy a spa. Don’t worry we didn’t make a mistake by telling so, yes because India actually hosts a spa exclusively for the elephants. Every year in the month of July, some lucky elephants of the well-known Guruvayurappan Hindu Temple in Kerala enjoy one full day of pampering at the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard.
Cows With ID Cards
Shocked to read that? Cows in our country have always enjoyed the special status. In West Bengal, in order to stop smuggling of cows to neighboring country Bangladesh, ID cards were being issued since 2007.
This is all for now. We could bet the facts here hit you like a jolt. There are a lot more unusual and distinctive things happening in India that makes it a country of quirks and jaw-dropping amazement at the same time. Download Trainman App to check train seat availability or running status of any train and much more.