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India Unveiled is a Sterling Holidays initiative to share untold stories of our nation’s rich culture, heritage and achievements. It was an effort to inspire everyone to explore and discover a lot more about our country. After a month long journey, here we have for you a collection of all 30 India Unveiled stories. Happy Reading. Happy Exploring

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India Unveiled

  1. 1. 30 Days. 30 Stories Unveiled.
  2. 2. A month long journey towards unveiling India The India Unveiled campaign is Sterling Holidays’ initiative to unveil one amazing story a day about the nation’s remarkable diverse culture, geography, history and achievements, amongst other aspects. We hope you enjoyed the journey towards unveiling India. For your reading pleasure we present here all 30 stories as a collection. We hope we can share a lot more stories like this in the future. In the meanwhile, go ahead and explore our great country. India beckons!
  3. 3. Highlights Sterling Holidays 2 October 1.8 million words. 10 times the length of Iliad and Odyssey. #Mahabharata is considered as the world’s longest epic. #IndiaUnveiled Sterling Holidays 3 October The game of #Chess or Chaturanga in Sanskrit has its beginnings in #India . #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  4. 4. Highlights Sterling Holidays 4 October #Sushruta is considered as the Father of Indian Surgery. He was a pioneer in conducting surgeries relating to facial reconstruction, cataract, fractures & even caesareans (Image is only indicative). #IndiaUnveiled Sterling Holidays 5 October According to Sanjeev Sanyal, a leading economist & writer, the name Bharat emerged from an ancient tribe called #Bharatas. The Rig Veda mentions a ‘Battle of Ten Kings’ that took place on the banks of River Ravi (Punjab) wherein 10 powerful tribes waged a war against the Bharatas. The latter won the war due to the chieftain Sudasa & his Guru #Vashishta’s tactics. The tribe grew & spread across the country. This led to the kingdom being known as Bharat Varsha or the Land of Bharatas. This is one of many theories regarding the origin of the name ‘Bharat’ (Indicative Image). #Indiaunveiled Like - Comment - Share Read more on our blog here Like - Comment - Share Read more on our blog here
  5. 5. Highlights Sterling Holidays 6 October Sterling Holidays The science of #navigation originated in India. The world’s oldest dock was in #Lothal, India. The very word “Navigation” is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Navgith’ (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled 7 October 1600 years & the iron has not rusted. This ancient wonder can be seen at 3 places in India - #Delhi , Dhar and Kodachiri. It is said that these iron pillars, which are highly resistant to corrosion, are a testament to the skill of Indian blacksmiths of the #Gupta period. This formula is unfortunately lost to the world now. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  6. 6. Highlights Sterling Holidays 8 October Kanada was the first Indian sage & philosopher who propounded the concept of atom. He called it #“Paramanu” (atom) an indestructible particle of matter. It is said that he also theorized gravity long before Newton. #IndiaUnveiled Sterling Holidays 9 October It’s said that Baudhayana’s Shulbhsutra is the oldest surviving text on Mathematics. #Baudhayana calculated the approximate value of #Pi which can be found in the Shulbhsutra. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  7. 7. Highlights Sterling Holidays 10 October Between 1500 BCE to 1700 CE India was known as the cradle of the #cotton industry. Rig Veda refers to cotton as ‘threads in the loom’. The cotton from India was worn by #Roman Emperors who fondly referred to it as ‘Woven Winds’. Till the end of the 18th century, India was the only source of cotton fabrics for the rest of the world. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Sterling Holidays 11 October The historical evidence of #Yoga dates back to 4500 BCE. This ancient science is now practised globally to maintain physical & mental well-being. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share
  8. 8. Highlights Sterling Holidays 12 October According to several experts from Geological Society of India, #Diamonds were first recognized and mined in #centralIndia 3000 years ago. It is widely believed that up until 17th century India was the only source of diamonds. #IndiaUnveiled Sterling Holidays 13 October Originally called Mokshapat, now a worldwide classic, #Snakes&Ladders is believed to be created by the 13th century Indian poet saint #Gyandev. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  9. 9. Highlights Sterling Holidays 14 October Researchers believe that #Gujarat once had the largest #dinosaur hatcheries in the world. The fossilised eggs here are said to be amongst the best preserved in the world (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled Sterling Holidays 15 October #Shampoo originated in the eastern regions of the #Mughal Empire, particularly in Bengal where it was used as a head massage medicine. The word Shampoo itself originated from the Hindi word ‘Champo’ (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  10. 10. Highlights Sterling Holidays 17 October Sterling Holidays The #Ganges River Dolphin, found in the Ganges & the #Brahmaputra rivers, is the only blind dolphin in the world and is India’s National Aquatic Animal (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled Forbes magazine, in an article published in July, 1987, reported that Sanskrit is the most convenient language for computer software programming. According to a paper published by Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the syntax and grammar of Sanskrit makes it a suitable language for programming (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share 16 October
  11. 11. Highlights Sterling Holidays 18 October Sterling Holidays 19 October Jaswant Singh, a soldier of the Indian Army, single-handedly held off a Chinese attack, at an altitude of 10,000ft, during the Sino-Indian war of 1962. After three days of resistance, he was captured and killed at the spot now known as Jaswantgarh. To this day, he is treated as if alive; he is promoted regularly, his boots polished and food delivered every day at the memorial built for him. #IndiaUnveiled Noted Herpetologist Frank Wall suggested, in his book Snakes of #Ceylon, that the name #Anaconda originated from the Tamil words anai-kondra meaning ‘elephant killer’ in reference to the killing power of the reptile. Several other English words take their root from Indian words. A few of the interesting ones are cash, cheetah, juggernaut, teak, nirvana, vivid and zen. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share Read more on our blog here Read more on our blog here
  12. 12. Highlights Sterling Holidays 21 October Sterling Holidays 20 October According to legend, the modern city of #Gurgaon once belonged to #Dronacharya, the teacher who trained the Pandavas in martial arts. The name Gurgaon literally means the village of the teacher. #IndiaUnveiled Indian Physicist and Biologist Jagdish Chandra Bose was one of the pioneers in radio technology. During the years 1894-1900, Bose performed research on radio waves and even did a public demonstration where he ignited gunpowder and rang a bell at a distance using microwaves. Bose’s work predates that of Marconi who is most often associated with the development of radio. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  13. 13. Highlights Sterling Holidays 22 October In the rainforests of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown. Vines and roots of trees grow across streams and rivers here, providing access to many hundreds living in the forest. Some of the bridges are several decades old and strong enough to support the weight of 50 or more people at the same time. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Sterling Holidays 23 October According to the National Geographic, the Maha Kumbh Mela is the largest religious gathering in the world. An estimated 30 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela held at Allahabad on 10 February, 2013 alone. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share
  14. 14. Highlights Sterling Holidays Sterling Holidays 24 October Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds, when he was a teenager, along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in Assam to grow a refuge for wildlife. The spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly. #IndiaUnveiled 25 October Savitribai Phule was the first female teacher of the first women’s school in India and is also considered as the pioneer of modern Marathi poetry. In 1852 she opened a school for Dalit girls in Pune and went on to open 17 more schools for girls. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share
  15. 15. Highlights Sterling Holidays 26 October Sterling Holidays Kautilya’s Arthashastra describes the sophisticated societies of ancient India. The traffic rules stated that bullock carts were not allowed without a driver and that a child could ride a cart only if he or she was accompanied by an adult. Codes for building construction, waste disposal and rules against interfering in neighbours affairs were also in place. It’s surely a legacy which India’s modern cities should live up to (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Read more on our blog here 27 October A poet, author, composer and painter who had a great impact on Indian and Asian literature, he was the first Non –European to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. Tagore’s compositions were also chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share
  16. 16. Highlights Sterling Holidays Sterling Holidays 28 October The PARAM 8000, when it was launched in 1991, was the third supercomputer in the world. India had begun its foray in supercomputing nearly 25 years ago after the world powers denied India a supercomputer meant for weather research. The latest machine in the series is the PARAM Yuva II (Indicative Image). #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share 29 October A prodigy in Mathematics. Self-taught. He rediscovered known theorems in addition to producing new work and independently compiled nearly 3900 results ( identities and equations). Most of his work has been validated by the Mathematical community decades later. According to noted English mathematician G. H. Hardy, Ramanujan is in the same league as mathematicians such as Euler and Gauss, two of the most influential mathematicians of all time. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share
  17. 17. Highlights Sterling Holidays Sterling Holidays 30 October According to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), the combined drainage basin of Himalayas is home to some 3 billion people in 18 countries, almost half the world’s population. It is the source of 6 of Asia’s great rivers, including the Yangtze, Indus and Ganges and home to thousands species of animals and plants. #IndiaUnveiled 31 October According to economic historian Angus Maddison, India was the richest country in the world and had the world’s largest economy during 1000 BCE and 1 C.E. He also estimates that, India contributed 33% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the economy in 1 C.E which was far more than China and even the Roman empire during it’s prime. #IndiaUnveiled Like - Comment - Share Like - Comment - Share Read more on our blog here
  18. 18. India Unveiled is an initiative to share untold, amazing stories about our incredible nation and inspire everyone to explore its rich heritage, achievements and potential. The 30 India Unveiled stories are a testament to the fact that there’s a lot more left for us to discover. We hope to carry on this journey with the same zeal and share a lot more of the hidden treasures of our country.
  19. 19. About Sterling Holidays Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited is a pioneer in Vacation Ownership and a leading Leisure Hospitality company in India. Sterling was incorporated in 1986 with the vision of delivering Great Holiday experiences to Indian Families. To achieve this vision, the company pioneered Vacation Ownership in India and set about building a network of leisure resorts at some of the best holiday destinations in India. Currently, Sterling has 19 resorts located in Corbett, Darjeeling, Dharamshala, Gangtok, Goa, Karwar, Kodaikanal, Lonavala,Manali, Munnar, Mussoorie, Ooty, Puri, Thekkady, Yelagiri and Yercaud. Our affiliation with Resort Condominium International (RCI) allows our members to holiday at over 4000 resorts worldwide through an exchange facility. Published in India. October 2013 Copyright © 2013 by Sterling Holidays All the facts & information provided for India Unveiled are well researched and have been cross-checked with several genuine sources.