69 Years ago on the 26th of January, 1950, India completely broke away from British influence and finally enforced our own Constitution. This was a remarkable day in the history of our country, so naturally, this day is commemorated with massive celebrations all around India.
Since Republic Day falls on a Friday, we have the added advantage of a long weekend. So why not live life loud and celebrate your right to freedom by taking a nice vacation. There are a number of cities that celebrate this national holiday with grandeur while offering plenty to see and do for tourists. Here are 10 best places to visit in India this Republic Day to experience the magnificence and to feel patriotic.
10 Places to Visit in India This Republic Day
1. New Delhi
The capital city of India celebrates Republic Day like no other city in the country. So iconic is the parade that every citizen has probably watched the vibrant parade at Rajpath on Doordarshan. The parade normally begins at Rashtrapati Bhavan, down Rajpath and passes India Gate. This year’s celebrations are extra special with the 10 heads of ASEAN states being invited as chief guests. Remember to book your tickets in advance, as this is the largest spectacle in the country and it will get crowded. Also, you can book your stay at one of the Treebo Hotels in Delhi for a comfortable trip.
You can spend the rest of your long weekend in exploring the amazing places to visit in Delhi that it has to offer. monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, and more.
Amritsar in Punjab has an extremely rich history when it comes to the freedom movement, being home to Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border. A flag hoisting ceremony normally happens at Jallianwala Bagh along with a small cultural program. You can pay your respects to the souls who lost their lives in the heinous massacre. In the evening, you can head to the Wagah Border to watch the famous lowering of the flags ceremony, which normally takes place at sunset. The security personnel at the border also exchange sweets and put up a cultural show on this day.
There are a lot of must-visit places to visit in Amritsar that you should not miss during the trip. Some of them are the famous Golden Temple, Akal Takht, and Hall Bazaar.
Ahmedabad was the hometown of the freedom fighter and Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and many citizens of the city honor him in every patriotic celebration. On Republic Day, the people of the city gather together to hoist our tricolored flag in Gandhinagar. A small parade with members from the police department, the cavalry, and dog squad taking part. Prizes are also given out to extraordinary members by the Chief Minister.
A few additional places to visit while in Ahmedabad is the Sabarmati Ashram, Jama Mosque, Adalaj Stepwell, Calico Museum of Textiles, Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Memorial, and Rani No Hajirao.
4. Jammu and Kashmir
Though Jammu and Kashmir is known as an area of conflict, the state actively celebrates Republic Day for all to see. The annual celebrations are held at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, where ministers would preside over the parade and flag hoisting, by school students, security forces, and police. The parades are quite spectacular, with several past celebrations even taking place after heavy snowfall. Do note though, high-security measures are taken all over the state, so there will be plenty of checks along the way.
A few places to visit while here are the Srinagar Lake, Jammu City, Leh, Gulmarg, Udhampur, and Sonmarg.
Bangalore is home to one of the biggest cantonments in South India and Republic Day is celebrated with great fervor here. Every year the Governor of Karnataka hoists the national flag at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground close to MG Road. After the flag hoisting, a parade is held with participants from the NCC, police force, air force, and armed forces. You can also attend the annual flower show at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens that is held to mark the national holiday and the birth anniversary of Gustav Krumbiegel, the designer of the park.
Other popular tourist attractions to visit in the Bangalore city are Freedom Park, Cubbon Park, UB City, MG Road, Ulsoor Lake, and the ISKCON Temple. You might like to know more about things to do in Bangalore.
Every corner of Himachal Pradesh celebrated Republic Day with great fervor, but the celebrations seem just a little more vibrant at Shimla. State-level celebrations are held at Ridge Maidan every year, where the road is blocked off and decorated to make way for the vibrant parade by locals and members of the police, fire brigade, scouts, NCC, and armed forces. Cultural programmes are put as well with tableaux depicting the developmental activities done by the government.
Other places to visit while in the hill station are Hidimba Devi Temple, Beas River, Jogini Waterfall, Hampta Pass, Naggar Castle, Manikaran Gurudwara, Manu Temple, Gulaba and Gadhan Thekcholing Gompa Monastery.
7. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands might not be attached to the Indian landmass, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t patriotic. Every year, flag hoisting ceremonies are held Netaji Stadium and the District Jail. Awards for gallantry are also handed over at this time and spectators can enjoy vibrant tableaux from the locals. It also makes sense to visit the infamous Cellular Jail, which was used by the British to exile and torture freedom fighters.
Make sure you visit remarkable sites like Ross Island, Havelock Island, Baratang Island, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Forest Museum.
The Republic Day celebrations in Mumbai are almost as grand as the Rajpath Parade in New Delhi. The celebrations include a vibrant parade where thousands of locals enthusiastically perform in Shivaji Park, which was once the meeting ground for our freedom fighters. The parade was also once held on Marine Drive but was changed back again to Shivaji Park for security reasons. Today, you can watch the parade that includes participation from the armed forces, navy, air force, cadets, guides, and even Bollywood celebrities.
A few spectacular places to visit here are the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Haji Ali Dargah, Kamala Nehru Park, Bombay High Court, and RBI Monetary Museum.
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Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala has its Republic Day celebrations at Raj Bhavan every year. The Governor of the state normally hoists the flag and presides over the festivities. This year, the Governor will honor freedom fighters, provide relief assistance to disaster-struck families and aid NGOs in the provision of education. The participants of the parade in this city include the dog squad, armed forces, police, and NCC.
Places to visit in the city are Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Koyikkal Palace, Natural History Museum and more.
This city celebrates Republic Day with great enthusiasm every year at Marina Beach and Kamaraj Salai. The celebrations here are quite similar to parades around the country, with participants from all over the state taking part. A number of schools put up performances here. Also, sharp displays by the armed forces, the navy, and air force can be witnessed.
A few attractions to visit are Vivekananda House, MGR Memorial, Fort St. George, Madras Crocodile Bank, Chennai Rail Museum, and the National Art Gallery.
This list only touches the surface of how the country celebrates their freedom. There are many towns and cities that celebrate Republic Day with equal or more fervor. Have you visited or witnessed celebrations that are worth experiencing? Let us know in the comments below and happy Republic Day!