Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about India
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Travel in India is pretty much like nowhere else in the world. It’s mind-blowing, mind-expanding, mind-boggling and anything but mind-numbing. And with about 1.2 billion people sharing the space, there’s probably that many experiences to be had. In fact almost any experience you can have on the planet can be found here. That includes an all-night chai-athon while you wait for a cow to finish its nap on the train tracks.
In the north you can ride a camel through the Thar Desert, meet the hippies of Jodphur, and live on lassis. Then there’s that little place called the Taj Mahal. In the south it’s all about the go-slow. There are Kerala’s canals to cruise, Goa’s beaches to go all beach-y on and enough coconuts to build a coconut building out of.
1. BIG COW COUNTRY
There are more cows in India (280 million) than cars in the USA (230 million).
2. THE RECYCLE OF LIFE
Indians recycle about 60% of their plastic waste compared to 24% in the UK.
3. ANIMAL WATCH
There are 47 critically endangered animal species in India including the Sociable Lapwing (not to be confused with the Anti-Social Lapwing).
4. HIPSTER HEAVEN
Half of the population is under 25. And up to 50% of households have a bicycle. You do the hipster math.
5. MAD FOR VEG
India has the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world. Look for ‘Non-Vegetarian’ restaurants if you’ve got a craving.
6. CLAY CHAI
Many chai wallahs sell their drinks in unglazed clay cups. They get thrown on the ground when done and wash back into the earth.
7. JUST A SMALL GATHERING
The Kumb Mela can attract over 100 million pilgrims from around India, making it the largest gathering on Earth.
8. INDIAN INGENUITY
Buttons, chess and the number system were all invented in India.
9. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
India was one of the richest countries in the world until the British colonized it. Good one, guys.
10. LIKE A BOSS
Indian Railways is the largest employer in the world with over a million staff.