15th August is probably the most joyful day for Indians. Citizens receive a national holiday, hoist the flag, sing patriotic songs, visit Independence Day places, and eat the National sweet Jalebi. Moreover, all the streets, malls, and markets get decorated with tricolour balloons and ribbons, and everything looks beyond perfect.
Independence Day blooms the spirit of patriotism in each individual. People forget everything about their class, culture, caste, and religion and sing together “Jan Gan Man Adhinayak” with the same rhythm and melody. In addition, the day brings hope, happiness, and a sense of togetherness.
But, the great eve of celebration is not only the national festival but an emotion. An emotion that reminds us of the struggle and sacrifices our ancestors made for this Independence. And celebrating this great day is a way to salute their efforts and promise to preserve their gift of Independence forever. Additionally, this Independence Day is special because the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” will end post Independence celebration on 15th August 2023.
On 15th August, we Indians solely dedicate the day to our freedom fighters and country and visit those places that narrate the story of 1947 and before. You may visit these patriotic places to celebrate Independence Day via the national transport of Indian Railways or aeroplanes.
Here is the list of top sites you can visit on Independence Day:
Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
The historical garden witnessed the most vicious bloody day when the cruel British official ordered open fire on the people who gathered for the peaceful celebration of Vaisakhi in Amritsar. On 13th April 1919, the garden saw endless bullet fire, people running to save their life, blood of defenceless women, children, older people, and citizens. The incident left several bullet marks on its wall, evidence of the massacre.
A visit to this public garden will melt your heart and make you understand the value of this priceless Independence for which you just need to pay your loyalty to the country, not your life like our freedom fighters. You can visit Jallianwala Bagh by taking a train to Amritsar Railway Station.
Jhansi Fort, Jhansi
“Bundele Har bolo Mukh Humne Suni Kahani Thi Khoob Ladi Mardani Wo to Jhansi Wali Rani Thi.” This line must be on your lips till today. Rani Lakshmibai was the bravest fighter who never turned his head back when it came to taking action against the supremacy of the Britishers. The Queen of the Bundela dynasty took control back over the Jhansi fort in the revolt of 1857 and sacrificed her life on the battlefield.
Jhansi Fort, located on the giant hilltop of Bangrai, is the primary site one must visit during Independence Day and caresses the history of India’s first freedom fight. The Bundela Rajput chief Veer Singh Deo Bundela built this 15-acre fortress in 1613.
Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Cellular Jail was a punishment jail; where Indians used to get tortured not only physically but also mentally. This jail reminds us about the cost our freedom fighters have paid for the Aajadi; we are celebrating. When an Indian used to receive this jail punishment, popularly known as ‘Kala Pani Ki Saja,’ considered the most dangerous punishment. No one knows what used to happen in this island jail, and rarely can anyone come back to the mainland of India after being jailed here. Some of the most prominent freedom strugglers, like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, were imprisoned here.
Currently, the Cellular Jail complex serves as a national memorial monument. It is among the most visited locations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Here, several mannequins are kept to depict how the British used to torture the prisoners. A visit to this site assuredly makes your eyes watery and gives you goosebumps. However, you will require to take an air trip to visit this Jail complex.
Red Fort, Delhi
Delhi is different on the eve of Independence Day, which you must have seen several times on Television. But this time, take the sweet pain and visit Red Fort, Delhi, to celebrate the nation’s most glorious day. Watch the hon’ble prime minister’s flag hosting, listen to the speech, adore the beauty of this Mughal Fort, and sensate the freedom struggle. Red Fort played a vital role in the freedom fight; during 1857, the fort served as the hub for mutineers.
Besides, in Delhi, you can enjoy special sweets and dishes at the famous Chandni Chowk and get to see the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar, and Jantar Mantar on this auspicious day.
Swaraj Bhawan, Lucknow
Swaraj Bhawan is where many important decisions took place to end the supremacy of the British government. Earlier, it has another name, ‘Anand Bhawan’. Visiting this place will remind you about the struggle of freedom fighters. It will fill you with the vibes of patriotism and make you more grateful to our freedom fighters.
It is a giant mansion where the Nehru family used to live. During the 1920s, the family converted the mansion into the head office of the Indian National Congress. Today, the mansion is the major attraction of the ‘Nababo Ka Shahar’ Lucknow.
Mangal Pandey Park, Barrackpore
When it is the story of India’s freedom struggle, you can’t forget the incident of Barrackpore. A place that shook the root of the entire British Empire and led to the revolt of 1857. Revolutionist Magal Pandey, the first man who stood against British power, attacked two British officers on 29th March 1857. After that, he got arrested by Britishers and hanged to death on 8th April 1857. However, the incident-filled the zeal in every sepoy and led to the first war of Independence.
Mangal Pandey Park is the place where Magal Pandey was hanged. You may visit this memorial park to pay tribute to this brave soldier and sepoy mutiny, which was essential to making the British government remember that India is a country capable enough to develop and shine on the Map of the world.
August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai
August Kranti Maidan, previously known as Gowalia Tank Maidan, is the ground of Mumbai from where Mahatma Gandhi initiated the ‘Quit India Movement’ against East India Company. The movement told Britishers it was time to return to their country and leave India. It also reminded the Indians of their power to change. The movement represented what Indians can do when they get united.
It is where Mahatma Gandhi raised the hunger of Swaraj in people by saying, ‘Do or Die’. During the Kranti, 60,000 people were jailed, but their desire for Independence was alive. The maidan was renamed to honour those sacrifices. A visit to this historical field will put you under the shower of nationalism.
Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Vested on the beautiful bank of river Sabarmati, Sabarmati Ashram; used to be the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi for 12 years. This Ashram is where Mahatma Gandhi, famously known as ‘Sabarmati Ke Sant’, initiated the Dandi March in 1930, which brought significant change to the Azadi movement.
The Sabarmati Ashram is also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, and Satyagraha Ashram. It is a great witness of freedom struggles.
You may visit these Independence Day places, whether the Gandhi residence, the origin of the sepoy mutiny, the Kranti of August, or the renowned red fort. On this 15th of August, embrace the history of freedom fights and be grateful for the life you are living in an Independent country.
What do I do on Independence Day?
You may visit those places on Independence Day associated with the freedom fights like Jhansi Fort, Red Fort, Cellular Jail, Barrackpur Park, August Kranti Maidan, etc., to celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
What is Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav?
The Government of India launched the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the nation. Moreover, officially, it gets started on 12th March 2021 and will end on post 15th August 2023. It is a countdown of 75 weeks. The themes of this Mahotsav are Freedom Struggle, Ideas@75, Resolve@75, Action@75, and Achivements@75.
How to Visit Historical Places in India on Independence Day Eve?
You might choose to visit historical places via the Indian Railways. With this transport, you could adore the absolute beauty of India and embrace the diversity this country holds. During your tour plan by train, You may also use the RailMitra; an online platform, exclusively dedicated to train travellers.
RailMitra is the rail enquiry app or website that helps train passengers celebrate the freedom of travel via giving features to check PNR status, live train running status, trains between stations, and seat availability on different trains. Additionally, with this app, you can order food in train online.
RailMitra wishes you a Happy Independence Day 2022 “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.