9 Awesome Facts About India Tourists Can’t Believe

9 Awesome Facts About India Tourists Can’t Believe


Long ago, when giant lizards roamed the Earth
and Netflix wasn’t around, the Asian continent got crashed into by an unexpected visitor
that ended up being a life-long neighbor. Uh, come again? Hey, I’m talking about India and its fascinating
history since its days as a massive piece of land floating in the ocean! Counting down from… 9. Advanced Surgery from Ancient Times
If you think plastic surgery is a modern convenience, you’re up for a big surprise. India had it covered more than 2,500 years
ago, way back in the 6th century B.C.E.! Somewhere around that time, there lived an
outstanding doctor by the name of Sushruta. He’s called one of the founding fathers
of surgery and for good reason: his Sushruta Samhita is a real gem of a book. It covers over 1,100 diseases, all kinds of
medicinal plants, and dozens of surgical procedures. But what’s probably the most jaw-dropping
thing about the book is that it also described surgical reconstruction of the nose! So basically, if you lived in ancient India,
you could get yourself a nose job! Ok, maybe it wasn’t the rhinoplasty we know
today (with anesthesia and all), but that’s still impressive! 8. The First Diamond Dealer
Up until the early 18th century, India was the only source of diamonds in the world. According to the Gemological Institute of
America, these precious stones were first discovered and traded in the 4th century B.C.E. Of course, industrial mining and diamond processing
was out of the question back then, so India only had a limited supply of them. That was okay, though, because the demand
was equally limited: only the wealthiest could afford such a luxury. Since then, countries like Russia, Botswana,
and the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken the lead in diamond production. But the fact is, a country known for its love
of gold also had bragging rights for maintaining a diamond monopoly for almost a thousand years. Ooh, fancy! 7. One of the Earliest Civilizations
Civilized urban life as we know it dates back about 5,000 years in India. Well, fine, they didn’t have central heating
or anything (not that they needed it), but the Indus Valley Civilization was still among
the most advanced out there in the ancient world. The Ancient History Encyclopedia says that,
by 2600 B.C.E., dozens of towns and cities belonged to that civilization. And I must say, they had quite a comfy life
for their time! Houses had bathrooms and wells, and every
city had a drainage system. Social conditions were also way better than
in other civilizations at the time. On top of that, the ancient Indians had a
seriously mysterious writing system that scientists still can’t decipher to this day. Who knows what wonders these ancient texts
hide?… 6. A Civilization Ahead of Its Time
Speaking of better social conditions, during the Vedic period, which lasted from about
1500 to 500 B.C.E., the Indian society was probably the most equal in the known world
at that time. Although it was still patriarchal, women got
a lot of respect, could become sages and seers, received an equal education with men, and
enjoyed all kinds of rights. There was no such thing as arranged marriage
back then — that only appeared much later. And political debates were rarely held without
women giving speeches, and men were wise to listen to their words! (Hear that, fellas?) I guess you could call the Vedic period the
golden age of India’s history! 5. The Most Important Number
And what do you think that might be? We’d be in big trouble without this most
important number! Ok, enough riddles: I’m talking about zero! The concept of “zero” and the rules of
its use were first invented in India at around the 7th century C.E. Before that, the idea of “nothing” hadn’t
even been treated as a number. It was no more than an empty space between
“real” numbers. I suppose people just didn’t see the convenience
of it yet? Like every time I look at my bank account
after I pay my bills. Yeah, “convenience”… 4. Clean Hair
Has the word “shampoo” ever struck you as odd? Say it out loud a few times, and you’ll
see what I mean. Well, it might sound foreign to you because
it probably is. Not unless you’re from India, and in that
case, thanks for the word! Yes, “shampoo” is derived from the Hindi
word “champo,” which means “to massage” or “knead.” And the first mention of this “head kneading”
was by Greek historian Strabo back in the 4th century B.C.E. At the time, shampooing was only common to
Indians: they massaged their heads with various herbs and extracts and then washed them off
with water to keep their hair clean. The practice of using shampoo didn’t come
to Europe until a thousand years later, in the early 19th century. Looks like it took long enough to catch up! 3. Math and Astronomy Genius
In ancient India, mathematics and astronomy had been two major disciplines since 1500
B.C.E. or even earlier. But arguably one of India’s greatest minds
lived in the 5th century C.E. His name was Aryabhata, and he wrote a treatise
on astronomy that became a foundation for many later studies. Despite using a geocentric model of the solar
system, which showed the sun and moon revolving around the Earth, Aryabhata presented many
ideas that are still used today. For example, he calculated the length of the
year almost to the minute, found the value of Pi, and explained that the moon and planets
shine because of sunlight reflecting off of them. Not bad for the 5th century! 2. The Guru of Games
Do you play chess? Even if you don’t, you know what it is. But did you know that its ancestor was born
in India too? The ancient game was called chaturanga, and
it appeared at around the 6th century C.E. Nobody knows the exact rules of the game,
but judging by its appearance, it’s safe to assume it had a lot in common with chess
and similar games (like the Japanese “shogi,” for instance). Another classic board game is Snakes and Ladders. It’s not really known where and when it
first appeared, but most say it comes from the 13th-century Indian game called Mokshapat. The idea was to teach kids about vice (in
the form of snakes) and virtue (the ladders). Hey, you up for a game? Oh, nevermind, I’ve got one more tidbit
to share with you… 1. Humble Island Beginnings
India wasn’t always a “subcontinent.” In the era of dinosaurs, over 100 million
years ago, it was actually an island! It had broken off from a supercontinent and
slowly but steadily traveled north, arriving to its present-day location in just about
50 million years. The dinosaurs had already gone extinct by
then, though, so they didn’t get to see what happened next. The giant Indian Island collided with Asia
in a colossal continental boom. The impact was so hard, in fact, that the
Himalayas were formed almost in an instant! Yep, that’s how the youngest mountain chain
in the world appeared! Actually, India, now a subcontinent, is still
slowly pressing northward, making Everest… grow! Basically, the highest peak on the planet
is now a few millimeters (or even centimeters) taller than last year, which, come to think
of it, makes it harder and harder for alpinists to get to the top! Uh-oh, better cross that one off your bucket
list sooner than later! Do you know any other shocking facts about
India’s history? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to give this video a “like,”
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  1. If India wouldn't be ruled by British investors would come to India and at that time India is the richest country it would be dominant country but thank God British came other wise those kings use to rule us until now

  2. Aryabhatta didn't look like that, he was a Hindu. Why dot the map with Buddha only, you didn't show Hindu Gods Vishnu & Shiva even once in the entire video. Map is wrong – include Jammu & Kashmir. Are all these intentional or just negligence – either way wrong!

  3. Jammu & Kashmir is part of India .Why r u not showing this? U should search for this.& u should correct this error.

  4. huh how did they know about the ancient time it is all lies what they r saying us r all expectation not really truth hu knows the real history n most of the script founded were made up by some india to proved them they r superior in ancient time

  5. but the northeastern region is not included in the island scientifically they already includes in the main lain of asia

  6. Why most of the countries show wrong indian map
    If you are researching about a country like india you should correct your knowledge in every subject like our history and specially geography

  7. Try to show correct map of India if not possible I would suggest not to make anymore videos on our country – Jai Hind

  8. Namestey, I am from INDIA (BHARAT) and got to know amazing facts about it that I didn't know before. Thanks a lot, BRIGHT SIDE. But please, it is a humble request, Please correct our map. Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of INDIA. With due respect, Show that properly.
    PS: Even correct that in other of your videos.

  9. Tamil language is oldest among all languages..
    whole asia in older years under controlled by king rajarajachola..
    more number of languages spoken and cultural only in india…
    because of more population most of the country's economy belongs to india…

  10. Kashmir was ours and now it's been official to the whole world that it is a part of great India 😎 So guyz make it correct and put that in your map…Proud to be an Indian 🇮🇳

  11. KAILASH TEMPLE it is only and only type of architecute in the world .Only rock cut temple in the world . and it was made in 18years. Till today we don't have that type of technology to make like that way. Some documentry say about its alien technology .
    if U know about ved then there are so many science is there in ved. that was written 3000yrs ago .

  12. India is famous for Aayurveda…. Food as Medicine… Believe it or Not hoe come Ancient people used to Give Tulasi leaves & Pepper rice in Temples… How they know it's a great antibiotic & Germ fighter…!!! This is jus a Sample…

  13. I am not watching this video that I want to because your map of India is an embarrassment for any Indian who watches it. I stopped it from 1.00 minutes itself. You are pushing 135CR viewers to ban ourself from watching your videos.

  14. Firstly, add Jammu and Kashmir. Then, India has the largest postal network in the world. Plus, the Kumbh Mela gathering is the largest pilgrim gathering with over 120 million pilgrims attending it.

  15. 2:09 Show the correct map at least.. This is a mistake repeated in all of ur videos about India.. Pllzz take care of this..

  16. That was extraordinary! I am truly grateful since can now pay out my financial obligations due to this website EZpay100 .Com (remove space)

  17. really good animation and art nice presentation of information … just need correction in the map you are offending huge population here

  18. he is showing history…and at that time paksitan was in india….he is not showing wrong map…if he don't know the correct map then what is this 00:25

  19. vry gud information..
    in ancient India there was a word 🌍 class university (Nalanda and Takshshila).. Which was destroyed by Muslims attackers.. and Pakistan Afghanistan Bangladesh is part of the ancient India… n j&k is a part of current India which is missing in ur map.

  20. India's map doesn't look like that at BCE or when it as crashed to Asia, it has a long history. And India wasn't that big while centuries ago.
    As the word of diamonds in India it was not found by India really, it was British who found diamonds in India and ruled there for years back then. And remember one thing the map grown about India is by the British who rule and made it big and left after they got the diamonds.

    Bright side you need a lot of historical documentation before declaring that, you can't say or make like these in a time of days or months(there are many more historical events behind it)-(you can't say by its front end their is a bulk of things around back).

  21. I thought only people pf Pakistan thought of "CONQUERING" jammu and kashmir….. But it was a stereotype.i guess……..

  22. Love the island's visualisation. Bangaldesh right there and rest of India(leaving Kashmir) gets fixed as a puzzle piece. Middle finger salute to the creators!

  23. Thanks for your love for India….But this is what happens If you allow a third person to involve in a fight between our neighbors..[ They change the whole Map]…..

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