5 heritage spots to visit this Independence Day
The date August 15 holds a very special place in the heart of every Indian. India not only attained independence on this day it also marks a day on which people from all walks of life pay homage to all the great leaders who were behind the independence movement. With Independence Day falling on a Saturday – here are some of the heritage spots you need to visit and celebrate the day!
Red Fort, Delhi
The Red Fort is where the first Prime Minister of the country – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his first Independence Day speech. This extraordinary monument has played a significant role in the freedom struggle. During the first war of Independence in the year 1857, the fort was a main center for many freedom fighters and it still continues to be an integral part as the Prime Minister of the country delivers his speeches here every year on August 15.
Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
Situated very close to the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh still bears the marks of the country’s freedom struggle. This is where General Dyer shed the blood of several thousands of protesters who opposed the Rowlatt Act. The walls of this heritage spot bear witness to the horrendous act that had taken place here during the 1919 massacre.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Being the focal point of the entire National Freedom Movement – Sabarmati Ashram was Gandhiji’s workspace for social activism. He spent 12 years of his life here. The Swadeshi Movement and the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Satyagraha gained momentum while he was here. Located near the banks of river Sabarmati, the Ashram has a museum that displays the life size painting of Mahatma Gandhi, his books and original letters. Personal relics of Gandhiji too are kept on display in Hridaya Kunj (Gandhiji’s cottage).
Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata
Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose played a pivotal role during the national movement and he is cited to be one of most prominent freedom fighters. His residence in Kolkata city is one spot every individual should visit. Netaji Bhawan was where he was kept under house arrest. The house documents the freedom fighter’s struggle. The Bhawan also has a museum and library within its premises.
Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Being one of the places where freedom fighters were subjected to brutal treatment while they were put behind the bars, the jail reminds us of the terrible ordeals our heroes had to go through. The Cellular Jail was declared as a national memorial and several sculptures are on display here. They retell the stories of our brave heroes.
Nidhi C Thacker for IndiaProperty.com
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