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Kumbhalgarh Fort: The mysterious Great Wall of India

As against the Great Wall of China, barely a few people know that Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall is the Great Wall of India.

It is not so long as compared to the Great Wall of China, however, you will feel exalted to know that The Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall of India is the second-longest continuous wall in the World.

Yes!  It is quite surprising that the Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall remained unnoticed for a long time.  In the Guinness Book of World Records, the spectacular Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall also holds the status of the longest fort wall in the world.

Despite its size and historical importance, the Great Wall of India is still a mystery for the remaining world.  So, you may call it one of the biggest secrets in India.

The Kumbhalgarh Fort (Kumbhal Fort) is situated on the Aravalli Hills at Rajasmand district near Udaipur in Rajasthan.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Being one of the largest fort complexes in the world, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second largest fort in India after Chittor Fort.

 

kumbhalgarh fort is the great wall of india

 

The thickness of the fort wall is 5 meters which is so much that 10 horses can run on the wall side-by-side.  The 36-meter long wall has 7 big gates to enter the fort.

Kumbhalgarh Fort is also important for other historical reasons.  Firstly, it is the birthplace of the great warrior of Mewar – Maharana Pratap who was born in 1540.   Secondly, the brave emperor Rana Kumbha spent his childhood in this fort.

This is also a fact that after the Battle of Haldighati, Maharana Pratap spent a long time in this fort.

 

 

Maharana Pratap

 

The emperor who built Kumbhalgarh Fort

 

The original fort was built by the king Samprati of Maurya Kingdom during the 6th century.  However, the great emperor Rana Kumbha of Mewar from the Sisodia Rajput gave the present form of Kumbhalgarh Fort around 1450.

In his kingdom, he built 32 forts, out of which Kumbhalgarh is the largest and most significant.  The fort came into the existence, thanks to the famous architect of the era, “Madan”.

According to folklore, Rana Kumbha could not make this great wall inspite of several attempts.  Then one spiritual advisor asked him that the wall could stand still only if a volunteer would have to sacrifice himself.

Subsequently, a pilgrim volunteered for sacrifice and a temple was built on the place for his remembrance.

The purpose of making the Kumbhalgarh Fort was to protect the kingdom of Mewar from invaders and armies.  The fort, at that time, was so much impregnable that it was a hard nut to crack even for the Mughal forces to conquer it.

Historians claim that throughout the five hundred years of history, the fortress fell into enemy hands just once and only because the drinking water had run out of the walls.

People believe that Rana Kumbha used to burn massive lamps on the walls.  Interestingly, these lamps consumed 50 kilograms of ghee and 100 kilograms of cotton.  The lamps provided light for the farmers who worked at night in the valley.

 

The architecture of the fort

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall has seven gigantic entrance gates.  Ram Pol and Hanuman Pol are the major gates of the fort.  There is also a notable tank namely Lakhola Tank inside the fort.

 

kumbhalgarh fort is the great waa of india

 

The Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall surrounds over the distance of 36 kilometres, making it one of the longest walls in the world.  The frontal walls are 15 feet thick.

The seven fortified gates in the Fort make the structure marvellous.  We can imagine the importance of the fort wall from the fact that the fort complex has more than 360 temples.

 

Out of these, 300 temples belong to only Jain religionist whereas the remaining are Hindu temples.  From the top of the fort walls, it is possible to view up to kilometres not only the Aravalli Range but also the sand dunes of the Thar Desert.

 

Temples of Kumbhalgarh which is the great wall of India
Kumbhalgarh fort temples

 

 

Hindu temples

 

The temple of Lord Ganesha is the earliest of all the temples in the fort.  On the eastern side of the fort, there is Neel Kanth Mahadeo temple.  The central shrine of Lord Shiva is approached through a structure of 24 pillars.

Most of the temples are full of pillars, carvings of gods and apsaras.

 

Jain temples

 

Whereas the eastern side of the fort has several Jain temples like Parsva Nath temple, Bawan Jain temple, the southern part of the fort has also important temples like Mataji temple.  The fort is also beautified by other Jain temples namely Mamdeo temple and Surya Mandir.

 

Badal Mahal

 

Built by Fateh Singh, Badal Mahal is the most significant structure of the fort.  This is the part of the fort, where Maharana Pratap was born.

 

Badal Mahal

 

Cultural events at the fort

 

In the remembrance of Rana Kumbha, Rajasthan Tourism Department organizes a three-day annual festival in the fort.  The festival also contains sound and light shows in the background.

Various concerts and dance shows beautify the function.  In addition, events like Heritage Fort Walk, turban tying and menhadi mandana are also part of the cultural programmes.

So, if you plan to go on a tour of Rajasthan, you must visit the long-time unexplored Great Wall of India.

If you know some other historical fact about Kumbhalgarh Fort Wall, please let

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New Delhi

15 incredible facts about capital city Delhi

Delhi is the heart of India.  It is built on the bank of the river Yamuna.  Delhi is one of the fastest developing cities in the world.

Consequently, people around the globe come to visit this historical city.  Delhi was ransacked and rebuilt almost six times which says the story of its solidarity.

It is a city where someone or other relatives of yours are sure to reside there.

People often call Dilli hai dilwalon ki which means Delhi people are kind-hearted.  They give the reference of this city as Dilli abhi dur hai when they want to say some task is far from its completion.

Another interesting though not so popular idiom is Aas paas barse, Dilli pani tarse, referring the semi-dry climate of Delhi.

The idiom describes the situation when someone is surrounded by the plenty but they lack the same thing.

People say that the name of this city is a derivation from Dilu, a king.  He built a city on this location in 50 BC and named it after himself.

Delhi has so many interesting things that make the city unique and amazing.

Here we are sharing 15 incredible facts about the capital city Delhi and hope you would enjoy the reading.

 

1. Biggest wholesale spice market in Asia

 

A Delhi street namely Khari Baoli is the largest wholesale spice market in Asia.  It sells all kinds of spices including nuts, herbs, rice, tea and other food products.

The market is near Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.  The market has been operating since the 17th century.

 

Delhi's Khari Baoli is biggest spice market in asia.

 

One of the interesting facts about this market is that many shops are known by their numbers, e.g., 10 Number Ki Dukan, Chawal Waale 12.

For example, one famous pickle shop namely Harnaraisn Internationa has been still running since 1860.

 

2. Second most popular metro service

 

The Delhi Metro is India’s second modern public transport.  Moreover, it is the world’s largest 10th metro service covering a total distance of 311 kilometres.

Including the Delhi city, it runs through Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida.

 

Delhi Metro is second most popular metro.

 

For the last ten years, the Delhi metro is providing fast, comfortable and safe transport to its passengers.  Everyday, millions of passengers travel by metro.

It has a partnership with Google India to provide schedule and route information on Smartphone.

One of the attractions of Delhi metro is the combination of underground, elevated and ad-grade tracks.

To sum up, the Delhi metro is the pride of India.

 

3. A walled city

 

Old Delhi or Purani Delhi is a walled city.  Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had built this part of the city in the 17th century.  He entrenched the city with 14 gates to protect from the British company.

Major parts of the walls and gates got damaged during 1857 revolt.  However, 5 gates are still standing.

These gates namely Delhi Gate, Turkman Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Lahori Gate and Kashmiri Gate are tourists’ attraction.

 

delhi was built as Walled city by a mughal emperor.

 

4. World’s largest eco-friendly transport system

 

Public buses in Delhi are operated by state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

In 1998, the Supreme Court of India made all public buses mandatory to be fuelled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

DTC has the largest fleet of CNG-fuelled buses in the world.  The entire public transport system in Delhi is eco-friendly.

As a result, air pollution in Delhi has decreased after the use of CNG in public transport.

 

 

5. World’s tallest brick minaret

 

A victory tower namely Qutub Minar is situated in Mehrauli area of Delhi.  UNESCO has declared it a world heritage site.

The 73-meter long minaret has a staircase of 379 steps.

The Delhi Sultanate king Qutub-din Aibak started its construction whereas his successor Iltutmish completed the minaret.

 

delhi's qutub minar is World’s tallest brick minaret.

 

6. City of toilet museum

 

Delhi has Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, one of weirdest in its kind.

A social activist namely Bindeshwar Pathak established this museum to highlight the problems of sanitation in the country.

The museum has exhibits of ancient, medieval and modern toilets from 50 countries.

 

Delhi is the city of Toilet museum.

 

7. Asia’s largest fruit market

 

Azadpur mandi of Delhi is Asia’s largest wholesale fruit and vegetable market.  Every midnight, thousands of trucks loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables enter the market.

Therefore, the traders of Azadpur market do not sleep at night here.  The market looks so colourful during the night in the artificial lights.

Nearly 30,000 wholesalers and retailers run the business of fruits and vegetables in the market.

 

Delhi's Azadpur Market is largest wholesale market in asia.

 

8. Trams were a part of Delhi transport

 

Presently India has only one tram network in Kolkata.  But it is interesting to learn that trams would also run in Delhi years before.

The Delhi tram system started in 1908.  The trams had 24 cars and run on 24 kilometres of track.

They would cross over Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Pahar Ganj, Ajmeri Gate and Tis Hazari.  The system got discontinued due to increasing population.

 

Trams were a part of Delhi transport.

 

9. Red fort was once white in colour

 

Red Fort is one of the historical places in Delhi.  Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built this when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi.  Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Every year on Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India hoists tricolour flag at the fort’s main gate and addresses the nation.

 

delhi's Red fort was once white in colour.

 

Parts of the Red Fort were made of limestone.  So the building was initially white in colour.  The original name of the building was Qila-e-Mubarak (Blessed Fort).

Gradually the white stone of the building began chipping off.  Thereafter, the British got the fort painted with red colour.  Since then the natives began to call it Red Fort.

 

10. The only Bahai temple in Asia

 

The Lotus Temple of Delhi is the only place of Bahai faith in Asia.  Moreover, it has won several architectural awards.

The main attraction of this temple is its flowerlike shape.  In the year 2001, it was the most visited tourist place in the world.

 

Delhi's lotus temple is the only Bahai temple in Asia.

 

11. The host of the first Asian Games

 

The first Asian Games also called 1951 Asian Games were held in Delhi.  The venue of the games was Irwin Amphitheatre which was later renamed as National Stadium.

A total of 489 athletes from 11 countries participated in the event.  Japan got the most 60 medals including 24 gold.

India stood the second position with 15 golds and 51 overall medals.

 

 

Delhi was again the host of 9th Asian Games in 1982.

 

12. Third largest Hindu temple

 

Swaminarayan Akshardham is the third largest Hindu temple in India.  The temple covers an area of about 83,000 sq feet.

It reflects the ancient Indian culture, spirituality and architecture.  This magnificent place is surrounded by Narayan Sarovar lake which carries water of 151 lakes in India.

In addition, the complex has Yagnapurush Kunda which is the largest yagna kunda in the world.

The Guinness Book of World Records declared it the largest comprehensive Hindu temple in the world.

 

Delhi's akshardham temple is Third largest Hindu temple.

 

13. World’s second-largest bird-rich capital city 

 

Delhi is the second-largest bird-rich capital worldwide.  Nairobi (Kenya) is in the top position.

It is also interesting to know that there is a charity bird hospital near Chandni Chowk.  The hospital treats free of cost injured and sick birds that Delhi people bring here.

 

 

14. One of the greenest cities

 

Although Delhi is a polluted city, it is one of the greenest metro cities of the world.  It covers 20% of the forest area which is greater than other metropolitan cities.

 

 

15. Designed by a British Architect

 

Sometimes, Delhi is also called Lutyens Delhi.  The reason is that a British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens designed most part of the city.

He also designed 4 bungalows of Rashtrapati Bhawan.  These areas were constructed when the British decided to move the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi.

 

delhi was Designed by a British Architect Edwin Lutyens.

 

 

So, these are some mind-blowing facts of the capital city Delhi.  Further to say, the capital city has the highest number of registered cars in India.

Similarly, Feroz Shah Kotla stadium is the second oldest cricket stadium of India.

If you know some more mind-blowing facts about this metro city, please share with our visitors and they will be highly obliged to you.

 

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Other countries that got independence on August 15

Other countries that got independence on August 15

You would be surprised to know that India is not the only country to get independence on August 15, but there are 5 other countries also in the world.

These countries celebrate their independence day as a national day.  Out of these five countries, some celebrate their national day on 15th August, whereas other countries celebrate on some other remarkable days.

We all know that India got freedom on 15th August 1947.  Every year on this date, Indian people celebrate it as Independence Day with great pomp and fervour.

Besides this, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at Delhi Red Fort and addresses the country.  Most importantly, we celebrate this date as a national festival.

Indians organise several events and cultural programmes all over the country.  Not only, we remember the sacrifice of our freedom fighters but also swear to keep the unity and integrity of our country.

Now, you must be curious to know about those five countries to get independence on August 15.

But you would also want to know the reason to select the date August 15 for the independence of India.

So before knowing about these five countries, let us learn about the facts behind this particular date.

 

Reason for selecting the date of independence

 

 

There is an interesting fact as to why the date of 15th August was chosen for the independence of India.

It was none other than Lord Mountbatten who decided August 15 for the independence of India.  He got remarkable achievement in his life on this date, so he considered August 15 to be lucky for himself.

On that date, the Japanese army had surrendered before the allied countries in World War II.  Lord Mountbatten was the commander of the allied forces.

In this way, 15th August 1947 became not only the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender for England but also the first Independence Day for India.

 

Lord Mountbatten
Lord Mountbatten with Indian leaders

However, India is not the only country to mark Independence Day on 15th August. There are five other countries that got independence on this date.

Let’s have a glance at these countries of the world.

 

Republic of Congo

 

The country is also known as Congo-Republic or simply the Congo.  Its capital city is Brazzaville.

It is interesting to know that there is another country namely the Democratic Republic of Congo which is its neighbouring country.   It has been named after the river Congo which flows across the country.

 

A brief history of independence

 

The Republic of Congo had come under French rule in 1880.  This central African country got freedom from French colonization on August 15, 1960, thus only after the slavery of 80 years.

A catholic priest and nationalist played an important role in the freedom of the country.  His name was Fulburt Youlou.

The French government agreed to grant Youlou the right to govern the nation as an independent state.  He became the first president of independent Congo.

 

How people of Congo celebrate Independence day

 

On this day, the government organises a public parade in all 40 countries.  The president, soldiers and politicians take part in the parade.

During the evening, people gather outside the parliament building to watch the fireworks.  The Congolese people enjoy the party until night.

 

soldiers of Congo taking part in independence parade
Soldiers of Congo taking part in independence parade | Image: Culture Trip

 

North Korea

 

This is an East Asian country constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea, a Soviet Union administered zone, gained independence from Japan on August 15, 1945, after the latter’s surrender in World War II.

However, the government was formed after three years in 1948. The country was officially named as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

 

South Korea

 

The US administered zone- South Korea was established in 1948 when the efforts of the unification of Korea failed. South Korea is a highly developed country in the world.

Most importantly, Korean citizens enjoy the world’s fastest internet connection speeds and the longest years of tertiary education in the world.

The country celebrates the day of independence as Gwangbokjeol (the day of light returned).

 

Bahrain

 

Officially the Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country of Persian Gulf. The country declared its independence from the British colonial rules on August 15, 1971.

However, Bahrain celebrates its National Day on 16 December each year.  On this date, the former ruler Isa Bin Al Salman Khalifa ascended to the throne.

The people of Bahrain have great respect for this person as the country became stable and modern under his leadership.

 

How people celebrate National Day

 

People celebrate this day with fireworks displays, cultural shows, contests, exhibitions and announcement of the new government projects.

 

Liechtenstein

 

This is the world’s sixth smallest country. Liechtenstein got freedom from German rule on 15th August 1866 and celebrates the occasion as a national day since 1940.

The country is bordered by Switzerland and Austria.

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Interesting facts about India

10 interesting and incredible facts about India

There are so many interesting facts about our country India.  India is one of the most amazing countries in the world.

It is a country that has fascinating beauty, marvellous history, great culture, rich diversity, on the contrary, it has weird things too.

The country has a unique combination of eastern and western values.  Foreigners are always curious to know about this country and they long for visiting India once in their life.

Here are 10 interesting and incredible facts about India.  Although these facts are not so popular, yet you would fall in surprise to know about them.

 

1. The second-largest English speaking country

 

This is unbelievable but an interesting fact to learn that India is the second-largest English speaking country after the USA.

English is one of the official languages of our country.  The United States of America has the largest population of English speakers in the world.

According to Wikipedia, the USA has about 28 crore English speakers, whereas a population of more than 12.5 crores speaks English in India.

The credit goes to the large population of India.  Another interesting fact is that 6 crore people speak English in the United Kingdom, that has certainly less English speakers than India even though India owed this language to Britain.

 

interesting fact as India is second largest english speaking country.
Image: Castle Europa

2. Winner of all Kabaddi World Cups

 

The game of kabaddi was originated in India.   Internation Kabaddi Federation organises the Kabaddi World Cup to select the world champion.  The competition has been previously contested in 2004, 2007 and 2016.

India has won all the tournaments, certainly a unique achievement of its kind.

The next world tournament is to be organised in this year 2019 and will you guess who will be the winner!

India is also the champion of the second Women’s Kabaddi World cup held in 2016.

 

interesting fact as India won all kabaddi world cup
Image: Hindustan Times

3. A floating post office

 

The world has only one floating post office nowhere than in India.  This floating post office is situated on Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inaugurated the post office on August 2011.

This innovation is the main attraction for tourists visiting Srinagar.  The post office has also a philately museum containing a huge collection of unique stamps.

The post office offers services of internet facility and international calls.  It functions on all days including Sundays during the tourist seasons.

 

interesting fact as India has a Floating Post Office.
Floating Post Office, Dal Lake

4. A special polling station for a single voter

 

The temple priest Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas lives in a very small village Banej amid Gir forest, Gujrat.  He is one of the very few humans to reside among wild creatures.

However, the Election Commission of India did not hesitate to set up a special poll booth for this single person in the dense and isolated forest of Gir.

Bharatdas would otherwise have to travel 120 km to reach the nearest poll booth.  The setting up of a special poll booth for a single voter proves the great democratic spirit of India.

 

interesting fact as A special polling station for a single voter in india.
Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas | Image: Shoppirate

5. Madhopatti – Village of IAS officers

 

Madhopatti is a small village in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh.  However, the village is, in the true sense, ‘the incredible India’.

Surprisingly, the village has only 75 households but has given the country 47 IAS officers.  They are offering their services in ISRO, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and even in the World Bank.

 

Madhopatti
Image: Patrika

6. The highest cricket ground in the world

 

The Chail cricket stadium of Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket ground in the world.  Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala built this stadium in 1891.

The pitch of the stadium is 2444 meters above the sea level.  After the independence of India, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh donated the stadium campus to Chail Military School and Government of India.

The ground is also used for playing football and basketball.

 

interesting fact is Chail cricket ground, The highest cricket ground in the world.
Chail Cricket Ground

7. India’s first rocket was transported on a bicycle

 

ISRO launched its first rocket in 1963 from Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Kerala.  The light-weighted rocket was very small and it was carried through a bicycle.  The office of VSSC was originally a local catholic church.

This church was located on earth’s magnetic equator, so the Indian scientists selected it as rocket launching station.

The cattle shed of the church was the laboratory for the scientists.  Ex-President Mr Abdul Kalam was one among the scientists for this project.

 

India's first rocket
India’s first rocket | Image: Twitter

8. World’s biggest family         

 

Ziona Chana of Mizoram has overall 181 members in his family.  He is blessed with 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

His family lives in a 100-room, four-storeyed building.

The whole family lives in the proper discipline, so there are peace and happiness in their lives.  They grow crops for their food requirement.

All his wives claim that there is no rivalry among them, hence they all love him.  Being the husband of 39 wives, Ziona is also interested in marrying more women even from America.

 

Ziona Chana with his family
Ziona Chana with his family | Image: Daily Mail

9. World’s first hospital train  

 

The Indian railways donated the country a seven coach hospital train namely ‘Lifeline Express’ in 1991.

It provides medical and surgical healthcare to doorsteps of rural patients who are unable to reach a hospital.   The train originates from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.

The train is facilitated with two operation theatres with world-class equipment.  Till date, the Lifeline Express has treated about one million poor people with free of charge.

Nearly 2 lakh doctors all over the world have tendered their services in this unique hospital.  This train has made health impact not only in India but also around to world to inspire such initiation.

 

Lifeline Express
Lifeline Express | Image: Newsd

10. Switzerland observes science day in honour of Mr Kalam

 

Ex-President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam visited Switzerland on 26th May 2006.  He was also a renowned scientist of India.  He made a big contribution to the missile project in India.

So, he is popularly known as the father of India’s missile programme.

Considering his vast expertise in science and technology, the Swiss government has declared 26th May as science day in honour of his visit.

 

A P J Abdul Kalam
A P J Abdul Kalam

So, these are a few interesting facts about our country India.  The list may be bigger than it.  Some facts increase our curiosity to learn more about India while others make us feel a sense of pride.

Did you like the article?  Please leave your comment.

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