What Are Some Interesting Facts About India?

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India is the origin of religious traditions followed by one-fourth of the world's population and is home to the world's highest cricket pitch. India is the birthplace of the game of "Snakes and Ladders" in the 13th century.

Religions that trace their origins to India include Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. These religious traditions have adherents all over the world, comprising 25 percent of the human population, with a majority of Indians belonging to the Hindu faith. The word "Hindu" comes from the name of a major river in the region, the Indus.

In the 13th century, the Indian poet Gyandev developed a game that taught moral lessons with virtues, represented by ladders that allow players to advance faster, and vices, represented by snakes that cause players to slip back. The game is still played today, with a popular version being marketed by Parker Brothers under the name "Chutes and Ladders."

India also boasts the world's highest-elevation cricket pitch. This sport playing field is located atop a hill whose cap was leveled off. The pitch sits at an elevation of 2,444 meters, or over 8,000 feet above sea level. The cricket pitch is located in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, and was constructed in 1933.