Independence Day is a national holiday commemorating India's independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.
India's Constitution recognises 20 official languages, including Hindi and English, which are the most commonly spoken.
Did You Know?
It is reputed that the game of chess made its first appearance in India sometime between the fifth and sixth century AD.
Every day, nearly 13 million travellers ride on the 108,706-kilometre Indian railway network. The railway company employs almost two million people!
An Ever-Growing Population
India is home to 1,210 billion people, 65% of whom are under the age of 35. The UN estimates that India will overtake China in terms of population around the year 2030.
The World's Highest Bridge
The Bailey Bridge, located in the Ladakh Valley, is the highest bridge in the world. It was built by the Indian Army in 1982 at an altitude of 5,602 metres above sea level.
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