Feel Patriotic on Republic Day with a visit to these places!
We complete 70 years the coming Republic Day which is celebrated for enforcement of the constitution on the 26th of January, 1950. Since it is a remarkable day in the history of the country it naturally calls for celebrations around the country. So why not take a vacation and celebrate your right to freedom this republic day along with a feeling of patriotism as you visit these places we list. Several cities across the country celebrate this national holiday with grandeur and offer plenty of places for the tourists to see. Feel the magnificence and patriotism as you visit these places located across different parts of India.
The capital city of the country has to top the list of places to visit during the Republic Day celebrations. New Delhi celebrates the day like no other city in the country. Every citizen must have probably watched the iconic vibrant parade on Rajpath many times on the Doordarshan channel of your television sets, but witnessing it in real is another thing altogether. The parade begins from Rashtrapati Bhavan passing through Rajpath and India gate. The spectacle which is among the prominent gatherings in the country gets crowded, so keep in mind to book your tickets in advance. While you are in the city to witness this spectacular event you can also choose to explore other parts of the city such as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, and more.
Jammu and Kashmir
The state actively celebrates Republic Day even though it is infamously known as an area of conflict. Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar holds the annual celebrations where ministers preside over the parade by school students, security forces, and police and flag hoisting. Even after a heavy snowfall, several celebrations have been known to have taken place with parades that are quite spectacular. So if you are planning to cover this area for the republic day celebrations you can combine it with other places like Jammu City, Leh, Srinagar Lake, Gulmarg, Udhampur, and Sonmarg. Do keep in mind that there will be plenty of checks along the way due to high-security measures taken all over the state during this time of the year.
When it comes to freedom movement Amritsar has been a place of rich history especially because of housing Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border. A small cultural program coupled with a flag hoisting ceremony takes place at Jallianwala Bagh. Pay respects to the lives lost in the heinous massacre and head to the Wagah border in the evening. It is a true patriotic feeling you witness the famous ceremony of lowering of the flags which normally takes place during the sunset which also includes exchange sweets by the security personnel at the border and a cultural show on republic day. Do cover other points of interest as you visit Amritsar such as the famous Golden Temple, Akal Takht, and Hall Bazaar.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Even though the islands remain unattached to the Indian landmass, they remind of highly of the freedom struggle. Flag hoisting ceremonies are held at Netaji Stadium and the District Jail every year. Even the gallantry awards are handed over during the celebrations of Republic Days where the spectators can enjoy vibrant illustrations from the locals. The infamous Cellular Jail, which was a jail for to exile and torture freedom fighters by the Britishers is worth visiting which will remind you of the struggle of the country’s freedom. Also visit the places like Baratang Island, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Ross Island, Havelock Island, and Forest Museum while you are touring the islands of Andaman and Nicobar.
The great enthusiasm can be seen during the celebrations of Republic Day at Marina Beach and Kamaraj Salai in Chennai. Quite similar to parades around the country the celebrations here include participants from all over the state taking part with performances being put up by a number of schools. You can also witness excellent displays by the armed forces, the navy, and the air force. A few other attractions here include Chennai Rail Museum, MGR Memorial, Fort St. George, Madras Crocodile Bank, Vivekananda House, and the National Art Gallery.
Hometown of the freedom fighter and Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who is honored in every patriotic celebration of the city. The tricolored flag is hoisted in Gandhinagar as the people of the city gather together on Republic Day. A parade takes place with members from the police department, the cavalry, and dog squad too which is interesting. The Chief Minister of the state also distributes prizest to extraordinary members. The main attractions you can also visit while you are in the city include – Jama Mosque, Sabarmati Ashram, Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Memorial, Adalaj Stepwell, Calico Museum of Textiles, and Rani No Hajirao.
The Republic Day is celebrated with great fervor in every corner of Himachal Pradesh, yet they seem a little more vibrant at Shimla. Ridge Maidan holds state-level celebrations every year with the roads blocked off and decorated for the vibrant parade by locals and members of the police, scouts, NCC, fire brigade, and armed forces. The developmental activities done by the government are also illustrated with the Cultural programs that are put up. Make sure to visit places like Hampta Pass, Naggar Castle, Manikaran Gurudwara, Manu Temple, GulabaHidimba Devi Temple, Beas River, Jogini Waterfall, Gulaba and GadhanThekcholing Gompa Monastery while you are around the region.
Almost as grand as the Rajpath Parade in New Delhi, the celebrations of Republic day in Mumbai include a vibrant parade with locals performing enthusiastically in Shivaji Park. The park used to be a meeting ground for our freedom fighters once. The parade also used to be held on Marine Drive but due to security reasons, the venue got changed back to Shivaji Park. The parade includes participation from the air force, armed forces, navy, cadets, guides, and even Bollywood celebrities. You must also visit some of the places such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Haji Ali Dargah, the Gateway of India, Kamala Nehru Park, Bombay High Court, and RBI Monetary Museum.
Home to one of the biggest cantonments in South India, the Republic Day is celebrated with great fervor here. Governor of Karnataka hoists the national flag every year at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Ground which is near MG Road. A parade follows the ceremony of flag hoisting which includes participants from the NCC, police force, air force, and armed forces. Also, an annual flower show is held at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens marking the national holiday as well as the birth anniversary of the designer of the park- Gustav Krumbiegel, which is worth attending. Other popular attractions in Bangalore which you can visit along with the republic day celebrations are Freedom Park, MG Road, Ulsoor Lake, Cubbon Park, UB City, and the ISKCON Temple.
Republic day is celebrated every year at Raj Bhavan in the city of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Festivities preside over the hoisting of flag by the Governor of the state. Usually, the Governor honors freedom fighters, assist disaster-struck families and aid NGOs in education and other provisions. You can also visit other places in the city which include Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Napier Museum, Koyikkal Palace, Natural History Museum and more.