India is a country with huge landmass. It is the seventh largest country in the world by area. Since India is so huge it having a distinct and diverse geography is no surprise. There are so many unique and amazing things about Indian geography, I have compiled 11 of them for you.
The wettest place on Earth is in India
Mawsynram is the wettest place on Earth located in the indian state of Meghalaya. It receives about 11,872 mm of average annual rainfall which is 20 times more than the average annual rainfall for the city of London. Cherrapunji, also located in Meghalaya is the second wettest place in the world with average annual rainfall of 11,777 mm.
India has an island resided by uncontacted people
The North Sentinel island is a small island of the Andaman island group. It is resided by the Sentinelese people who are still untouched from the modern world. Travelling to the island is prohibited by the Indian government. There have been instances when the Sentinelese people have killed people who tried to contact them.
India is a land of extreme temperatures
There are some towns in India which experience a winter temperature of below -30 degree Celsius. On the contrary, there are some towns which experience a summer temperature of above 50 degree Celsius.
Many of the highest points in the world are in India
There are 39 peaks in India having elevation above 7000 metres. The third highest peak in the world, the Kanchenjunga lies in India which has an elevation of 8586 metres.
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India has some interesting international borders
In many regions bordering Pakistan and China, India’s sovereignty fails. In Jammu and Kashmir the de facto borders are different from the actual de jure borders. The McMahon line forms the international border in Arunachal Pradesh. However china doesn’t agrees upon it.
Interestingly, before 2015 there were 51 enclaves of Bangladesh in India and 111 enclaves of India in Bangladesh. In 2015, this issue was finally solved after more than 40 years. The residents of the enclaves were given the freedom to choose the country of their choice.
Tropic of Cancer passes through India
The Tropic of cancer passes through India approximately cutting it in two equal parts. It passes through 8 states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tripura and Mizoram. It is because of the Tropic Of Cancer that India gets its distinct seasons.
The largest delta in the world is in India
The Ganges Brahmaputra Delta is the largest delta in the world. It is shared by India and Bangladesh. Despite the harsh environment and the presence of Tigers, millions live on the delta and obtain their daily needs from it.
India has some of the highest permanent human settlements
There are many high altitude villages and towns in India. Karzok, a village in Ladakh, is the third highest permanent human settlement in the world. It is located at an elevation of 4570 metres.
There are more than 7 major mountain ranges in India
The topography of India is quite diverse. There are so many mountain ranges across India. Some famous ones are
There are a total of 6 seasons in most parts of India
India because of its location has 6 seasons around the year. These 6 seasons are Winter (Shishir), Summer (Grishma), Monsoon (Varsha), Spring (Vasant), Pre winter (Hemant), Autumn (Sharad).
The largest and the second largest mangrove forests are in India
Sundarbans mangrove forest is the largest mangrove forest in the world. Its location is shared by India and Bangladesh. 60% of the Sundarbans is located in Bangladesh and the rest in India. The second largest mangrove forest, Pichavaram is also located in India in the state of Tamil Nadu.
I’ll be back with more interesting facts about Indian geography in a different article.
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