Take your patriotic soul back in time at these historic places in India

Living in a modern world where everything is available at the tip of our fingers, many of us tend to forget our turbulent past, the horrifying and inhuman struggle Indians faced to get to this point. It is a struggle that is still going on each day, every day when we are busy living our lives. But, exploring these historical places in India will serve as a humble reminder of all the things we have lost over the centuries to gain what we have today. You will definitely feel overwhelmed with pride after visiting these sites - 

1. Red Fort in Delhi 

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“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom”, said first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, standing at the Red Fort. The ancient walls held their breath and listened to this historic speech. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has stood through centuries from the Mughal Dynasty to India’s struggle for independence. This is the place where Jawaharlal Nehru raised the tricolour flag on 15th August 1947 and the tradition has continued today.

2. Wagah Border in Punjab

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Wagah Border, the land border between India and Pakistan, is known for the famous flag lowering ceremony. Representing everything from rivalry to brotherhood, it is something that needs to be witnessed. It is a daily military practice where security forces from both sides of the border carry out an elaborate drill cheered by thousands of visitors. You may have already known all the Indian patriotic songs by heart but coming to Wagah Border and listening to those songs again will burst your heart with pride. 

3. Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab

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When you visit Jallianwala Bagh, it becomes hard to believe that the garden so peaceful and tranquil today is the place of the barbaric bloodbath we all know as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Standing in front of the walls that are still carrying bullet wounds will remind you of the time when hundreds of defenceless Indians were shot at on the orders of Colonel Reginald Dyer by British troops in 1919.

4. Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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The cellular jail, infamously known as Kala Pani (black waters), is a place of historic importance. Used during the British rule to imprison freedom fighters, this imposing brick structure has witnessed horrifying tortures endured by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla, and many others. It has become one of the popular tourist attractions in India that brings echoes of the past to us.

5. Netaji Bhawan in West Bengal

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Navigating through narrow lanes leading to Netaji Bhawan will take you back in time. Home of Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, it is the place where Bose was held captive in a house arrest in 1941. This is also the place from where he fled to Berlin. Today, converted into a museum, you will get a glimpse of rough times faced by freedom fighters of India. 

6. Jhansi Fort in Uttar Pradesh

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Jhansi Fort, a popular historic site in India, is the place where some of the earliest sparks between Indians and British rulers were seen. This is the place where Rani Lakshmi Bai fought bravely and single-handedly with the British East India Company. Today, when you explore this fortress, you will be touched by the tragic past displayed through exhibits and a sound-light show held every evening. 

7. Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat

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 Sabarmati Ashram tells the tale of simplicity and courage that stood unflickering during the most turbulent times in Indian history. The residence of Mahatma Gandhi and the place from where Dandi march was led, this ashram inspires thousands of people who come here every year. You can take a walking tour of Sabarmati Ashram and explore the places converted into a museum and a memorial.

8. Kargil War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir

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Kargil War Memorial is not about the war we won, but it is about the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the victory. Nestled in the foothills of Tololing, the sandstone wall with names of all the martyrs stands around the giant national flag waving proudly. Visit this place and let it be a constant reminder that all we have today is because of the soldiers who stood here and are still doing that ever so proudly. 

Visit these places and let the feeling of gratitude fill your heart!

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