India celebrates Republic Day on 26th January as the Constitution of India was adopted on this day. The history behind choosing this particular date is to remind people of the struggle that India had to face to achieve freedom. The British Empire, which ruled India for two centuries, proclaimed to regard India as a Dominion. But this decision was opposed, and the fight for Purna Swaraj was declared on 26th January 1929.
On this exceptional day, which also happens to be a national holiday, you can visit some well-known places that uphold the history of India’s freedom struggle, and showcase the ability of independent India. We have listed down some of the most important places to visit in India for Republic Day celebration. These places do hold a special place in our history.
India’s struggle for freedom has seen many ups and downs. Patriotic revolts were met with violence from the British rulers. Among the ruins that depict tales of violence and atrocities, the Sabarmati ashram holds an alternate and impactful story of the freedom struggle.
Visit this place on Republic day where once the Father of the Nation dwelled. The ashram served as Mahatma Gandhi’s home and is situated in Ahmadabad. Peace, tranquility, and solace are offered to visitors who explore the ashram. The ashram is near the river Sabarmati.
This historic place tells the life history of the person who revolutionized the independence struggle of India by introducing ahimsa. Gandhiji has strongly advocated the use of non-violent means to root out the British Empire from India. Pay a visit to this serene place and revisit history with the aid of photographs, letters, and manuscripts on Republic Day.
Well-known as Kala Pani, this is a prison located in the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The prison was built by the British to house revolutionaries of British India. Countless people who had been vocal against the oppressive rule of the British Empire were tortured here till death.
This is the best place that can be visited to feel the nerve-wracking plight of the Indian revolutionaries on Republic day. In the present day, the jail has been modified into a museum. On the Republic Day, the National Anthem is proudly sung to commemorate the iron-will and strength of revolutionaries who suffered atrocities to free India from a foreign power.
This is the most famous site to visit on Republic Day. Located in the capital of India, the India Gate stands tall on the eastern side of the Rajpath of New Delhi. Rashtrapati Bhavan is located at a distance of about 2.3 km from the India Gate. The warriors who died during WWI and Afghan battles are enlisted on the war memorial at India Gate. Under the arch of the India Gate, a burning flame is present, which is upheld by four urns. The gold inscription of ‘Amar Jawan’ is present on the urns.
A special celebration takes place on Republic day. India’s Prime Minister pays homage to the soldiers by placing a garland on Amar Jawan Jyoti. The National flag is unfurled by the President. On this day, the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Forces together conduct a parade and showcase their arms and ammunition. The fighter jets of IAF put up a spectacular fly-past.
The colorful line up of floats representing each state of India is also part of the Republic Day celebration. You are bound to feel proud as you hold up your head high to witness the true heroes of this country.
Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border
The state of Punjab is the home of many notable revolutionaries who have sacrificed their lives for the Motherland. Punjab has two famous places that you can visit on Republic Day. The massacre conducted by British police personnel in the year 1919 in Jallianwala Bagh is still remembered by the people of India. Tears are going to flow when you see the walls cracked by bullets and the memorial plates. History has not forgotten the gruesome killing that the Bagh has witnessed.
The Wagah border, on the other hand, separates India and Pakistan. This place is visited by tourists of both nations during Republic Day. Soldiers from both the Nations conduct a parade on this day. It ends with the simultaneous lowering of the flags of both countries on each side of the border. It is a unique gesture of fraternity and peace shown by both countries on this day. If you want to witness this harmonious event, then this should be one of the top places to visit this Republic Day.
Chauri Chaura Shaheed Smarak
During the non-cooperation movement, which was initiated by Gandhiji, the atrocities of the British reached the zenith. As they wanted to break the backbone of the campaign at any cost. The movement was withdrawn by Gandhiji in 1922 due to the exceeding level of violence.
Innumerable people were martyred in the violent clashes. The Chauri Chaura Shaheed Smarak pays tribute to all the unknown martyrs. This memorial place is situated in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The individuals who were hanged are enlisted on the memorial wall. Visit this place and feel the unconditional sacrifice made by these people who were killed during the pre-independence era.
The Fort of Jhansi
The fort of Jhansi is famous for its Queen who stood fearlessly against the British at a time when many Indian Kings comfortably accepted the British supremacy. History has enshrined the Queen’s name as she fought alone against the British army. Spending the Republic day 2020 in this place will surely be worth your time. The steps of the fort and its corridors, though ravaged by war and time, still stand firm and provide a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape from the top.
It might not be possible to visits all the places on the eve of Republic Day. However, visiting any one of these places during Republic Day 2020 will make you proud to be an Indian. Therefore, pack your bags and get ready to imbibe the glorious history of India.
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