“Those who won our Independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to the secret of Liberty”
Surrounded by Himalayas in the North and Indian Ocean in the South, India is the land of cultural diversity, history and beautiful sculptures. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the country serves different flavors of tradition. India stands with the concept of “Unity in Diversity”. It is an abode of humanity, where people of all caste, creed, gender and religion are welcomed. This beautiful definition of India is the contribution of Indian freedom fighters who had sacrificed their life to make the country independent from British rule. India breathed in the air of freedom on 15th August, 1947. This auspicious day is also to pay a tribute and gratitude to the freedom fighters. This year, India is going to celebrate its 73rd Independence Day which came with a treat of “Kashmir”. The history of India’s freedom has added a new chapter of “Rebirth of Kashmir” with the abolition of Article 375. There are many remarkable places in India which are blessed to be wrapped with patriotism
What could be more interesting for a journey, than a superfast train to experience the patriotic locations of India? During the journey, travelers can order food online in train and get their desired taste at their seat. On the occasion of Independence Day, Railrestro, an authorized e-catering partner of IRCTC wishes all the travelers “A Very Happy Independence Day” and offer you scrumptious delicacies to order in train. This Independence Day, let’s take a tour to these places to experience the patriotic journey of our freedom fighters and their struggle to achieve the free and secular India.
6 Historical Places to Celebrate Independence Day
Red Fort, Delhi
Whenever we talk about Independence Day, Delhi is the first place that flashes in our mind. The day of freedom is celebrated with full of enthusiasm at Red Fort in Delhi. Being the capital of India, Delhi prides itself to be the place where our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the national flag “Tiranga” and delivered the first Independence speech. Red Fort has been an integral part of freedom struggle as it was one of the main centers of freedom fighters in the first war of independence in 1857. It continues to hold the same importance and still the Prime Minister of India hoists national flag at Red Fort and delivers the speech every year. You can visit Red Fort in Delhi and Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, who stood as a pillar in the process of achieving freedom. You will also be mesmerized to see the Parade and the “Jhanki”.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmadabad
Located on the bank of Sabarmati River, this Ashram was the epicenter of freedom movement. Originally, it was popular as Satyagrah Ashram. It was the ground for Mahatma Gandhi to inspire the activists to participate in his non-violent, Civil Disobedience, and Swadeshi Movement. It was like a home to Gandhi ji where he lived for 12 years. The place has now been converted in a museum, where thousands of tourists come to see the heritage of independence.
Cellular Jail, Andman Island
Cellular Jail is located in Port Blair which was constructed in the mid of ocean. The jail was known for the punishment of “Kaala Paani” which is a reminder of what our freedom fighters went through to make the country free from Britishers. Today, the jail has been converted into a museum. When you enter the jail premises you can imagine the terrible and horrendous treatment of ‘Kaala Panni’ of the past. Visitors can also enjoy light and sound show.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Prayagraj
This nationalistic heritage of Prayagraj is strongly connected with the Indian freedom struggle. It was known as Alfred Park or company garden during the rule of Britishers. When Chandra Shekhar Azad was cornered by the British in this park, he decided to be a Martyr and die for motherland. So he used his last bullet to kill himself. A statue of Chandra Shekher Azad was erected at this place where he died.
Jhansi Fort, Jhansi
This fort is famous as ‘Rani Jhansi ka Quila’. It is centuries old and an iconic symbol of the First Independence War with Rani Lakshmibai, the queen of Jhansi. This spectacular fort is spread over 20 hectares and it has 10 gates. This is one of the most important historical sites of freedom movement.
Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
Punjab is dedicated to produce some of bravest freedom fighters in the history of freedom movement of India. It is a home to two significant places that can revive the patriot inside you. Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border are the most important historical spots of freedom movement the name of which is boldly mentioned in the history of India. Amritsar witnesses high alert from a week prior to 15th August. It is an ideal destination to feel the rhythm of nationalism on the occasion of Independence Day.
Now, India has created a new history of Independence with the freedom of Kashmir. The land of Kashmir has been introduced with a new identity, where the state has now legally became the part of India. The special status of Kashmir has been abolished and it has become a Union Territory. Ladakh, the part of Kashmir has also received a status of Union Territory. Now the land of Kashmir is totally under the Indian government. It has become possible to relocate or to shift in the ‘Heaven of Earth’.
Independence Day holds special respect in heart of every Indian citizen. The ‘soldiers’ are the real heroes have sacrificed their life in the past, and thousands of battalion of soldiers are protecting us today. This year, it’s also the time to salute and pay a tribute to the brave martyrs of Pulwama attack. This historical day of India is also celebrated with high spirit in the government offices, schools, colleges and other places to honor the real heroes of India. We sing our national anthem “Jana-Gana-Mana” to tribute the martyrs who’re always ready to safeguard our nation in toughest situations.
Makhan Lal Chaturvedi (a poet), through his lines, has honored the contribution of freedom fighters.
O, Gardener, all my desire is….
That you will pluck me and throw me on that path…
On which our brave soldiers tread to sacrifice their lives for the motherland….
Love India! Live India! Fight for India!