Located in Uttar Pradesh, about 8 miles away from the Allahabad Railway station, this village will transport you back to another era all together. It is situated at the edge of the Bamrauli Air Force Base Station, between the Airforce Sports Complex and the Kendriya Vidyalaya.
The “Twin Effect”
Thatched roofs, small huts and a few village shops which form a part of this village normally wouldn’t have got much attention from travellers. However, there is a very interesting occurrence in this place which garners a lot of attention from media and travellers alike. Out of a population of close to 900, the place has 65 pairs of identical twins, which is way higher than normal standards. Consider this-the identical twin birth rate here is said to be 300 times more than the national average and maybe the highest one in the world!Not surprisingly it is sometimes referred to as the Twin Capital of the World.
The earliest set of twins was a pair of twin girls born shortly after the partition in 1947.In this village every fifth home is said to have a pair of twins. While some families stay completely untouched by this phenomenon, there are others who have multiple no. of twins in a family. A 10-member family in this village is filled with twins except the parents.
The most astonishing part though is that this is restricted not just to the villagers, but into animals and birds in the village as well. It is a regular occurrence for a hen to lay eggs with double yolks or for the cows and buffalos to deliver twins.