The Independence Day long weekend is finally here! For those of us working, attending school and college, it’s a few days of breathing room when we can let our hair down and simply take it easy. But unlike umpteen long weekends gone by making plans to travel, how about we make this particular one a little more memorable? Here’s a list of 5 patriotic getaways for this long weekend you should seriously consider.
The Wagah border, Amritsar
Road trip with your buddies or fam to the Wagah border situated on the outskirts of Amritsar. This location holds a lot of significance as it is the point where the Indian and Pakistani border meet at Amritsar and Lahore respectively. Make sure you get there 2 hours before sunset so you can be a part of the Wagah border ceremony and feel the patriotic ambiance around you.
Cellular jail, Port Blair
Head out to the infamous Cellular jail of Port Blair, better known as Kala Paani. A very crucial spot of historical importance and a prominent tourist destination today. It was a jail during the British era in which our freedom fighters and other prominent figures that posed a threat to the British forces were sent on exile and sentenced too. Today, it is a memorial monument.
Kirti Mandir, Porbandar
Explore Porbandar in Gujarat and visit the Kirti Mandir. This temple is one of the most renowned landmarks you must visit at least once. It’s the birth place of the father of our nation, who freed us from slavery and the devious exploitative clutches of the British empire. Yes, it is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.
Alfred Park, Allahabad
Better known now as Chandrashekhar Azad Park, it is of utmost importance in our struggle for freedom. It was the spot where freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad lost his life in the year 1931. This park has some important heritage sites and will definitely be a noteworthy visit that will instil you with a nationalistic spirit.
Mangal Pandey Garden, Barrackpore
Barrackpore was marked as one of the key cities where the seeds of the first war of Independence were sown. It all began with Mangal Pandey, a freedom fighter in the British army who stood up for his religious rights but was hanged in the year 1857 for his defiance. This led to an uproar and in turn, the first war of Independence. Mangal Pandey was hanged in this particular garden which was named after him. You should definitely pay it a visit if you’re planning a trip with your loved ones.
We hope you let your patriotic spirit take charge and visit at least one of these heritage sites we all, as Indians are attached to this 15th August. Please do tell us what you think of this article or if we may have not mentioned certain places in the comments section below. Proud to be Indian. Jai Hind!
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