Due to its vibrant culture, diverse terrain and vast history, India Every tourist has always made a special place in the bucket list. When Mughal architecture, the Statue of Unity, and Indian cuisine are world-famous, it becomes crucial to go beyond the ordinary to learn more about the lesser-known facts that are rarely covered by any textbooks and travel guides:
Floating post office
After owning the world’s largest postal network, India is the only country in the world to have a floating post office that has existed since British times and is two centuries old. It is located in Dal Sarovar, Srinagar and was inaugurated in August 2011. Earlier it was called Nehru Park Post Office.
India was once an island
About 100 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, most of India was an island. India was part of a supercontinental Gondwanaland and collided with Asia 50 million years later, closing off the coastal areas of the continent and forming the Himalayas.
Many borders of Uttar Pradesh
Hardly any geography textbook would point out that the most populous state in the country, Uttar Pradesh also shares its borders with nine different states and one country. Those states include Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. In addition, Uttar Pradesh is also a neighbor of Nepal.
Adopt hornbill nest in crops of Arunachal Pradesh
The Hornbill Nest Adoption Program (HNAP) has been launched at Papam Reserve Forest and Pak Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, a community based initiative working towards conservation of tropical birds-hornbills and their habitat in the state. This initiative allows you to adopt a hornbill nest in the area, which ultimately saves a tree. To ensure that birds and nests are protected, the village appoints a caretaker for the adopted nest.
Thekiakhova Bornmaghar in Jorhat, Assam
Thekiyakhova Bornamghor, founded by Saint Reformer Madhavdev, is a Vaishnava shrine in Jorhat district of Assam. It is believed that in 1528, Madhavadeva lit a clay lamp during a ceremony and it has been burning ever since. In the village of Thekiakhova, priests regularly refill the lamp with mustard oil to keep it burning.