India is one of the world's most populated countries. It's known for its diversity, which includes a wide range of ethnic groups, languages, traditions, and faiths. Flaticon Icon

Did you know?

  • The first rocket in India was transported in a cycle?

  • India has a spa just for elephants?

  • India is the world's second-largest English speaking country?

  • It's the first country to consume sugar?

    Apart from these mind blowing facts, there are also few lesser known facts that's going to leave you scratching your head.

FLYING KITES

Have you ever had fond memories of ever flying a kite? Well, believe this or not, but flying kites in India is prohibited.

Yes, according to the Indian aircraft law, flying a kite is a criminal offense!

Make sure to get a permit, or you might even end up in jail!

PDA

PDA is off the table. Yes you heard that right.

Under section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, causing annoyance to others through ‘obscene acts’ is a criminal offence with punishment of imprisonment up to 3 months or a fine, or both. The law doesn't explicitly mention what falls under the "obscene acts," but the police, state officials, and lower courts systematically use it to target couples.

So basically, public displays of love are considered inappropriate if they cause inconvenience to others.

So next time you want to express affection to your partner, limit it to a hug or a handshake. 🤨

Treasure Time Folks

Imagine you're digging up the soil, and you find something that has a value of more than Rs.10 (0.14 USD). In India, you need to report it.

Under the Indian Treasure trove act, 1878, Whenever a treasure valued at more than ten rupees is discovered, the finder must notify the Collector in writing as soon as possible.

If you fail to report it, you can be punished because by law, all treasure hunters' discoveries belong to the government.

Quiz

If you find a treasure, above what value would you be held liable by the Indian government?

Rs. 10

Rs. 100

Rs. 50

Rs. 5

Using Restrooms In A Hotel

According to the Indian Sarais Act of 1867, anybody may request free water for themselves and their pets at any time from any hotel.

Furthermore, they have unrestricted access to the restroom. It's legal to use the restroom or drink water in a hotel even if you're not planning to stay in that hotel.

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And that's a wrap!

Although some of these laws would have made sense during when they were introduced, they aren't necessarily relevant today.

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