Remember how patriotic we used to feel while singing the national anthem every day for the morning assembly in school or while watching the parades on Republic and Independence Day with family or preparing for the acts which reminded of the struggle by the audacious freedom fighters? With Republic Day just around the corner, you can evoke this feeling of nostalgia, struggle and conquest by visiting these places.
Immerse in the feeling of being a true and proud Indian, and remember the worthy souls who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country. These places not only hold a historical significance but also remind us of our great and true heroes!
Places to visit – Jallianwala Bagh & Wagah border
Wagah Border: Located at a distance of 30km from Amritsar, Wagah border lies on the Grand Trunk Road. Witness the “lowering of flags” ceremony which takes place every evening here (since 1959) and get mesmerised by feeling the patriotism in the atmosphere. The ceremony lasts for 45 minutes and is carried out before sunset. It is indeed a must-visit place to pay tribute and gratitude to the thousands of BSF soldiers who put their lives on danger for the well-being of our country.
Timings: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Jalianwala Bagh: Almost adjacent to the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar, this place is a sad reminder of the heinous massacre that took place in India during the British rule. It occurred in 1919 when many unarmed civilians had gathered for Baisakhi celebration but were mercilessly shot by the British troops on the order of British General Dyer. You must go to this place to spectate the bloody act which holds proof in its dented walls and pay your homage to the innocent souls!
Timings: 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM (All days of the week)
Entry fee: Free
Places to Stay: Beautifully Done 6-Bedded Dormitory near Golden Temple
Places to visit – India Gate & Rajpath
Delhi has been the epicentre of all major events in the Indian history since ages. Hence, it has many places to visit to rekindle the feeling of patriotism.
India Gate: Located in the heart of the city, the India Gate was built-in the memory of 82, 000 brave heart soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who lost their lives in the First World War and Anglo-Afghan War. It also honours the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Bangladesh with the Amar Jawan Jyoti which is burning since 1971.
Timings: 5:00 AM – 12:00 AM (All days of the week)
Entry fee: Free
Rajpath: The annual Republic Day parade takes place at Rajpath every year on 26th January which is a three-hour program that starts sharply at 9:30 a.m. right after flag hoisting. Watch the hoisting of the flag by the President of India and the parades of Indian Army and National Cadet Corps which represent different states and soak in the feeling of patriotism.
Timings: Open 24 hour
Entry fee– 300 rupees and 150 rupees for reserved seats. 50 rupees and 10 rupees for unreserved seats.
Places to Stay : Ultra-modern Apartment with Chic Interiors in South Ex OR Cosy Stay wih amenities in GK
Place to visit – Sabarmati Ashram
When you stand on the land of Sabarmati, you can see the history visualise before your very eyes as Mahatma Gandhi leads the Dandi March and a huge crowd follows him. Visiting the Sabarmati Ashram moves you when you see the letters and other personal relics of Gandhi. Staying here would be a tribute to the ‘Father of our Nation’ who made the celebration Republic Day a reality for the present generation.
Timings: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM (All days of the week)
Entry fee– Free
4. Uttar Pradesh
Places to visit – Jhansi & Agra Fort
Agra Fort: Known for its immense architecture and varied history, Agra Fort is a good pick to awaken the patriotic soul in you. Often described as Walled City, this fort was a site for a battle in 1857, which resulted in the end of the British East India Company’s rule in India. Reminisce the memories of Indian freedom struggle, which this fort is a part of.
Timings: Open all days 06:00 am to 06:00 pm
Entry fee– Indian Tourist- 40/-; Foreign Tourist- 550/-
Jhansi Fort: We all know the intense bravery and immense courage of Rani Laxmibai against the British. Jhansi Fort celebrates this very struggle and bravery of “Jhansi ki Rani”. This place will give you a picture of the tragic yet brave past of this immortal heroine and will surely be a well-deserved celebration of 26th January.
Timings: Sunrise – Sunset
Entry fee- Indian Tourist- 5/-; Foreign Tourist- 200/-
5. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
This jail-turned-museum (also known as “Kala Pani”) holds a saddening history of the brave Indian freedom fighters who were abandoned to these dingy colonial prisons, were tortured during the early years of freedom struggle and were left in solitary confinement of its single cells. Some of the famous prisoners who were sent here were Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar with thousands of other convicts. Thus, on the coming Republic Day, visit this place to pay tribute to our courageous freedom fighters.
Timings- 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 01:30 PM to 04:45 PM (Open all days except national holidays)
Entry fee: 30/-, Camera: 200/-, Video Camera:1000/-