Celebrate being Indian this Republic Day with a Visit to these 5 Destinations!
Posted by Priyanka Lahiri on January 23, 2017
The history of India is as rich and colourful as the country whose story it tells. One of the most iconic instances is the liberation of India from the British colonial rule, and in modern times, it is more important than ever to remember just how the country stood together in times of turmoil and obtained what many thought was impossible.
On January 26th in the year 1950, the Indian Constitution came into effect after India’s independence from the British Raj, thus marking the Republic Day of India and completing India’s transition to an independent republic.
National holidays usually invoke a sense of patriotism in India, and in current times, it would seem that India needs a sense of unity more than ever. Seeing as the Republic Day for 2017 falls on a Thursday, if any of you are enterprising enough to take that Friday off, you’re in for a long weekend. So why not spend that time rekindling your love for the nation, and rediscovering your roots and heritage with a trip to some of the most iconic destinations of India.
1. JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
The sandy dunes of Rajasthan are home to some of the most breathtaking sights that the country has to offer. Formerly known as Rajputana, which was a collection of princely states, the likes of Jaynaranayan Vyas, Lothoo Nitharwas and Thakur Rao Gopal Singh all contributed greatly towards the Freedom Movement.
Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities in Rajasthan, popularly known as The Pink City sees a lot of tourists who come to witness the architectural marvels, such as the iconic City Palace, which brilliantly displays the extravagance of the erstwhile Maharajas, the awe inspiring architecture of the Hawa Mahal with its intricately carved jharokhas, the Amer Fort and a bevy of other monuments and landmarks that are sure to promise you an enriching and insightful look into Rajasthani culture.
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Goa is, in a sense, one of the youngest states of India, having been under Portuguese rule till December 1961, ending with Operation Vijay, and the subsequent annexation of Goa by India.
With the hustle and bustle of the tourist season coming to an end, January is the ideal time for vacationers looking to engage in some sand and sun without running into the holiday horde. There are many idyllic churches and monuments around the state such as the Bom Jesus Basilica, the Cabo De Ram Fort, Fort Aguada and the Viceroy’s Arch. And for those of you looking to catch up on some well-earned down-time, the many beaches of Goa offer the perfect amount of sun and sand for your little weekend getaway. And if you’re not one for the sun, the thriving night-life should provide you with an adequate avenue to blow off some steam!
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Located in Assam, a trip to the Kaziranga National Park offers a combination of both excitement and tranquillity. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is home to a wide variety of endangered wildlife species, such as the One Horned Rhinoceros and the Asiatic Elephant.
But what truly makes Kaziranga special is its remoteness and serene surroundings. The rich biodiversity makes for some breathtaking scenery, and the sight of sambar deer sprinting across the marshy grasslands is an experience that one really should not pass up on. Take a jeep safari through the park, indulge in some birdwatching, or just kick back and enjoy some downtime as you watch the sun set on the horizon!
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4. MAHABLESHWAR / PANCHGANI
The popular hill stations of Mahableshwar and Panchgani in Maharashtra make for a wonderfully scenic getaway filled with long winding roads, jaw-dropping scenery, bustling marketplaces and strawberry farms. Yes, strawberry farms.
While Mahableshwar is known as more of a summer destination, the winters are equally pleasant, and with so many interesting sightseeing points to visit such as the Kamalgad Fort, which offers a brilliant view of the rivers and backwaters, Sydney Point which is an all-encompassing viewpoint that allows.
And if you’re feeling famished after taking in all those gorgeous sights, why not stop by Mapro Farms and enjoy some freshly picked strawberries!
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5. NEW DELHI
If you’re looking to experience Republic Day in all its glory, then the nation’s capital is where you need to be at. The Republic Day Parade is a spectacle you need to witness in person, with fanfare, marches and events that will rouse the spirit of patriotism in you. This year sees the Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi as the chief guest, and the preparations for his arrival include the planting of Date Palms as well as a special show by the National Security Guard at Rajpath!
But there’s a lot to do in Delhi apart from just the Republic Day celebrations. The many landmarks and monuments such as India Gate, the Qutub Minar, the Jama Masjid and especially the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the National Flag at Central Park in Connaught Place, which is the largest flag in India, are sights that you definitely miss out on a visit to New Delhi!
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