Independence Day is around the corner and we can already feel the patriotic spirit high. It was a big struggle for India to get back its freedom from the clutches of different rulers including the British, Dutch, French and the Portuguese.
This Independence Day comes along with a brownie weekend making it a long avenue for a holiday trip.
This 15th August, travel to places that have been associated with the India freedom movement. The battle for independence wasn’t an easy task for India but after a long and exhaustive freedom movement majorly headed by the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the nation achieved freedom in the year 1947.
Similarly, Goa was being ruled by Portuguese who were the first to arrive and last to leave our land. Rules since the 16th century Goa managed to get independent in 1961. A visit all around Goa suggests a touch of the Portuguese style of living even now but incase, you wish to go back to the times, try visiting the State Museum, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Aguada Fort and the city of Vasco da Gama.
The resources of India attracted a lot of foreign rulers, the French being one of them. Pondicherry that happened to be a major source of trade due its placement as a port has had a history with different rulers beginning from Dutch, French, British and then back to French. For history lovers and also to set in the Independence mood, travelers can head to the French War memorial, the city museum, Arikamedu, Sacred Heart Basilica or simply walk around at the French Quarter to take in the aura of the olden times.
While we all get ready to celebrate the 68th year of Independence, there’s something more that a traveler can do this year in order to fill his patriotic spirit. Here’s listing top four attractions where you can head to this Independence Day.
August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai
Initially called the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mahatma Gandhi speech gave his speech for the Quit India Movement at this park urging the masses to revolt against the British rule. Hence, it was named August Kranti Maidan. Now you know why we suggest this as a sure shot place to visit this Independence Day.
Jallianwala bagh, Amritsar
We all are aware of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and even today, the mere thought of the agony that victims might have gone through makes one shudder. This is the apt time to make a visit and pay tribute to the thousands of lives lost on April 13th, 1919.
Cellular Jail, Port Blair
Also referred to as Kala Pani, the Cellular Jail was built during the times of the colonial rule. The prisoners were exiled to this remote location and were said to be given a horrendous and brutal treatment. It was built in a manner that the inmates could have no possible communication and faced solitary confinement. Today, it is a national memorial and is must visit for every Indian at heart.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
After returning from South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi settled down in Gujarat at Sabarmati Ashram. The place has been a witness to almost every major freedom movement, the Dandi March being the most significant one. Since the credit for India’s freedom undoubtedly goes to Mahatma Gandhi, this place is a must see this 15th August.
Now that we have listed out the ideas for the Independence weekend, all you need to do is get your bookings done. You know we are here to help you out with the same 🙂 Happy Independence Day!