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The Independence Day of India i.e., celebrated on August 15 every year, is around the corner. The vibrant tri-colors of our National flag have started adorning the streets of India; shopkeepers have cleared their counters for patriotic merchandise. All state capitals will celebrate this event and so will the schools and communities all over India. However, Delhi (the national capital) has already started preparation for this day. While other states do have similar festivities, but it is Delhi that has much significance when it comes to celebrating this day both for both historical and cultural reasons. All of the important roads are cleaned and aligned with strings of miniature tri-color flags, the landmark buildings and structures given a blanket of lights and the stage is being set at the Red Fort for the grand event. As India celebrates its 68th year of independence, we have listed iconic places associated with the Indian freedom struggle.

Red Fort, Delhiindependence day celebration at red fort

Red Fort comes first on the list of monuments related to the struggle of Independence. Right from the First War of Independence to freedom of India from the British, this Mughal citadel continues to be a huge representative of India. As per history, Red Fort was one of the epicenters of mutineers during the Revolt of 1857. Red Fort continues to the most powerful symbol of India and hosts the place from where Prime Minister addresses the nation on August 15 each year.

Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar IslandsCellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Cellular Jail (which is also known as Kala Pani) was a colonial prison. This jail is a somber reminder of the price our reputed freedom fighters like Veer Savarkar and Batukeshwar Dutt were imprisoned here during the struggle for India’s independence. At that time it was a torture chamber for them where they were incarcerated. Presently, this complex serves as a national memorial monument. There are many mannequins on display for visitors to show many means used to torture inmates and the hardships they had to endure during their punishment. A visit to the jail would surely bring Goosebumps to your body and don’t miss to watch the sound and light show.

Jallianwala Bagh, Punjabjaliawala bagh

Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar, in the Punjab, India and houses a memorial of national importance. The memorial was established in 1951 by the Government of India to commemorate the massacre by British occupying forces of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children, on the occasion of the Baisakhi (Punjabi New Year) on April 13, 1919 in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. As per the British official figures, 379 people were killed and approx. 1,100 were injured but the real figures were much more than that. About 1,650 rounds were fired. Some of the bullet marks are still visible, as well as on the well into which hundreds desperately leapt to avoid the bullets. A visit to this place is will certainly make the memories relived.

August Kranti Maidan, Maharashtraaugust kranti maidan

Erstwhile, known as the Gowalia Tank Maidan, it is from this ground in Mumbai where, Mahatma Gandhi issued the call for British to Quit India. In fact, Gandhiji’s catchphrase for a “Do or Die” battle left over 60,000 in jails from here only. It is also to be noted that Quit India movement, which coincided with the World War II, made it clear to the British that India couldn’t be governed for a long run.

Sabarmati Ashram, Gujaratsabarmati ashram

Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram) is located in the Sabarmati suburb of Ahmadabad, Gujarat, on the banks of River Sabarmati. This place was one of the residences of Mahatma Gandhi, who resided here around 12 years with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. This place was his base that led him for Dandi march on March 12, 1930. This movement has on the Indian independence movement. The Indian government has established this ashram as a national monument.

Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Jhansi Fort and Barrackpore are some of the other popular places one can visit.

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