This year the Indian Independence is going to be different. And there are a host of reasons for that.
First, India is going to have two more Union Territories- Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.
And this spells good news for traveling to these places. You will get more facilities and traveling would become easier.
And second, it’s obviously independence.
This time i.e 2019 is marking the rise of a new era.
The capital of India, Delhi, on this day, is colored in tricolor everywhere.
On this special day, travel to India and get a glimpse of these celebrations.
Here is a list of historical places to go to-
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh:
Probably the most respected and reputable royal in Indian history, Lakshmi Bai made Jhansi legendary. Symbol of India’s First War of Independence in 1857, Jhansi with its spectacular fort- ‘Rani Jhansi Ka Quila’ sings testimony of courage and patriotism. Spread over 20 hectares, with 10 gates, and strategic positioning on Bangara Hill, it stood tall for 17 days before it fell in war.
Located near Surat in Gujrat, this is the place of the famous Dandi March which happened in 1930. Thousands marched with Gandhi and made it a historic day for standing against oppressive salt tax reforms.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh:
Chandra Shekhar Azad, the man behind re-organizing HRA into (Hindustan Socialist Republic Republication Association). Being the largest park in Allahabad, this place hosts his statue and the place where he martyred himself is still here.
Red Fort, India Gate, Delhi:
People gather here passionately for celebrating this special day. Red Fort is adorned with the tricolor and the nation is addressed by the President.
You can witness twenty-one gunshots being fired and patriotic programs by children from schools, parades, pageants etc.
A Sound and Light show of independence history is what you can complete your evening with.
Built in honor of 82, 000 Indian Army Soldiers who got martyred in the Anglo-Afghan war, the walls of India Gate have their name inscribed on its walls. It is a beautiful specimen displaying the Amar-Jawan Jyoti lit from 1971 keeping the flame of patriotism alive and ignited.
Nathu La Pass, Sikkim:
Sitting on an altitude of 14,140 feet, Nathu La Pass is 52 km away from Gangtok. Jawaharlal Nehru visited this place in 1958. The place also has a memorial stone named after his honor.
It serves as an Indo-China border today. In the past, it was one of the major parts of the Silk-Route to India.
Lucknow Residency, Uttar Pradesh:
A protected monument as declared by the Archeological Survey of India, Lucknow Residency is a famous landmark. It served as the refuge for 3000 British inhabitants during the 1857 revolt of India. The place is in ruins but is still attractive and well-maintained enough to grab your attention.
Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar:
It’s the most revered and famous amongst all the patriotic places and monuments. With 1000 dead and 1500 wounded, this massacre was horrific in all respects. You can also witness an entire section of a museum dedicated to Shahid Udham Singh here.
Wagah-Attari border, Amritsar:
Ever witnessed borders of two countries with a live show? This place literally sets the border between India and Pakistan officially. You can see here the flag-lowering ceremony held since 1959.
Chauri Chaura, Uttar Pradesh:
Famous for Non-Co-operation movement, Chauri Chaura is the place where everything culminated regarding independence. It is here that the mob burned police officials after 26 Satyagrahis were killed in firing by the police.
A memorial built in the memory of people laying down their lives stands tall as Shaheed Smarak near the railway station. A library and museum related to the incident is also set up for the visitors.
Barrackpore and Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata:
This is the place where Mangal Pandey (the iconic Indian soldier in the British Army who rebelled) wounded officers with his sword. The park commemorates his refusal on using the paper cartridges of rifled muskets. He is remembered as the best contemporary of Lakshmi Bai in terms of rebelling against the British.
Netaji Bhawan served as the centre of many political movements pre-independence. Its importance can be gauged by the fact that Netaji Subhas Bose lived here himself. The ancestral home is managed and preserved by the Netaji Research Bureau. You can visit the home cum museum (established in 1971) and witness his political journey here.
Aga Khan Palace, Pune:
Built in 1892 by Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III, this palace witnessed the ball rolling for Quit India Movement in 1942. Gandhiji’s wife Kasturba and Mahadevbhai Desai were imprisoned here as high profile leaders. They both passed away here while living in captivity. It serves as a historic museum dedicated to Gandhi and his life.
August Kranti Maidan:
British understood that their days in India were numbered after the Quit India Movement. On 8th Aug, he called for the movement here in August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai. Patriots led by Aruna Asaf Ali managed to hoist the Indian flag even after being suppressed by lathi-charge and tear gas.
It is now a popular park and divided into 5 parts. A memorial also stands tall to showcase the testimony of independence.
What can you do on this day?
Since there is not much movement on the roads and the like, you can choose to spend the day by-
- Choosing any of the places to have an excursion and have a picnic with lessons of history to accompany
- You can go kite flying (as done in Delhi) and enjoy the day with all the feel of living in a free country
- You can go to the flag-hoisting ceremony and treat yourself a holiday. Parades, march past and national stuff is enough to fulfil your day in Delhi
- Try making a dish that has tricolor as the theme. It’s a surefire way to make kids understand history while relishing savory dishes
- Binge-watch movies and series that give you a deeper insight on Indian Independence
Important Tips to follow on Independence Day
- Do not travel in the peak hours of the celebration in Delhi as the roads are blocked due to the occasion
- Visit the historical places and monuments on the stipulated time only. This makes it easy for you to get a gist of things easily
- Make a list of things to travel in advance and start early. Independence Day is not a day to take chances
- Do not try to joke about the security measures or make jovial threats in front of an army or police personnel. You might be jailed for doing as such
- Do not attend the celebrations if you are wearing the Tricolor below your waist. It is not considered dignifying for the Indian Flag.
India is an enigmatic emotion which would always amaze you. And Indian Independence Day is no different.
Book cheap flights to India from JFK or anywhere you are located in and get ready for indulging in the patriotic spirit.