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India @ 70: Visit these historic places to relive chapters from the past

Sabarmati Ashram, Cellular jail at Port Blair, Taj Mahal...visit these places across India to learn about Indian history.

travel Updated: Aug 15, 2017 14:32 IST
Flag hoisting and parade takes place at Red Fort.
Flag hoisting and parade takes place at Red Fort.(HT file photo )

August 1947 was the month that changed every Indian’s destiny — it was the month of glory when India won its independence. This year, we are celebrating our 71st Independence Day, and it’s time to go down memory lane. Here are the top destinations in India where you can learn about Indian history:

* Delhi: Delhi is India’s powerhouse and has relevance in Indian history. Attend the most important event that takes place this day — the flag hoisting and parade at Red Fort. While in Delhi, pay a visit to the innumerable monuments and heritage sites that give Delhi its cultural identity.
How to reach: Indira Gandhi International Airport is the main airport for Delhi and NCR. The city is connected to all major cities and town by air, rail and road.

* Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat: Pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and know more about his role in Indian history by visiting the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, this place was the epicentre for Indian freedom movement, be it the Civil Disobedience movement, the Swadeshi Movement, etc. Mahatma Gandhi lived here for about 12 years. The ashram also has a museum that has his relics, and is a must-visit for every Indian.
How to reach: The nearest international airport to Sabarmati Ashram is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad. There are regular buses and trains from all major cities to Sabarmati Ashram.

Cellular Jail in Port Blair. (Shutterstock)

*Jodhpur, Rajasthan: If you want to experience the grandeur and glory of India, Jodhpur is a must-visit. The beautiful blue city will leave you enamoured. The narrow lanes, medieval streets and massive forts are what Jodhpur is known for. Don’t miss the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort when here.
How to reach: Jodhpur has got an airport, and is well-connected by rail and road.

* Cellular Jail, Port Blair: Located in Port Blair, the Cellular Jail is a reminiscence of the sacrifices that our heroes of the freedom movement made, and the confinement they suffered during colonial rule. Do watch the sound and light show, which encapsulates nerve-wracking stories from the past. Visit the silver sandy Andaman beaches to relax and rejuvenate.
How to reach: Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as Port Blair Airport, is a customs airport located 2km south of Port Blair and is the main airport for Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

* Agra, Uttar Pradesh: Agra is popular for its prized possession — the Taj Mahal, one among the Seven wonders of the world. Visit this magnificent town to get a glimpse of the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, an integral part of British history of India. The fort was the site of the Indian rebellion of 1857, and is one of the world heritage sites recognised by UNESCO. Located by the Yamuna River, this incredibly beautiful fort features a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture.
How to reach: Agra is well-connected to all major cities in India by air, rail and road.

* Hampi, Karnataka: Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi is an extremely significant place in terms of history and architecture. This beautiful village, marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a plethora of ruins and an intriguing mythological past. Hampi was the capital of Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565. The Hampi Festival, held for three days in November, is the most important festival celebrated here, and attracts people from around the globe. It is organised by the Government of Karnataka with dance, music, drama and processions.
How to reach: The nearest international airport to Hampi is Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, and the nearest domestic airport is at Hubli, about 143 kilometres away. There are regular buses and trains from all major cities to Hampi.

* Udaipur, Rajasthan: Visit this magical town to experience India at its glorious best. Udaipur boasts of unique architecture and opulent grandeur and gives you a sneak peek of life as a royal. Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur offers a variety of activities for your family. Do visit Lake Pichola for a memorable boating experience.
How to reach: The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport, situated about 20 kilometres away from the city. It is well-connected by air to major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, and Jaipur.

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