5 Historical Places that sum up Independence Movement

The Partition Museum, Amritsar

Partition Museum, Independence Movement

The Town Hall in Amritsar that houses the Partition Museum (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

The Partition Museum may have opened its doors only in 2016 but it has a wealth of records about events dating back to India’s Independence. This one-of-kind museum preserves the experiences of those displaced by the Partition of India in 1947. The final plan for the museum is to have seven galleries spread across 16000 sq.ft., with sections devoted to Independence and partition, migration, research, rehabilitation and resettlement and the gallery of hope.

While in Amritsar, also visit Jallianwala Bagh where a crowd of non-violent protestors were fired upon by the British troops on April 13, 1919.

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi, Independence Day

Red Fort comes under security blanket for August 15
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The Red Fort is the place where India’ first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, delivered the first Independence Day speech in 1947.

Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Independence Movement

Slice of history- Aga Khan Palace
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The beautiful Aga Khan Palace has paintings that depict Mahatma Gandhi’s life and the freedom struggle. This was the place where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned after the Quit India Movement in 1942. He was accompanied by wife Kasturba and secretary Mahdevbhai.

Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Independence Movement

Cellular Jail, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The term Kaala Pani refers to this particular jail. This remote jail in the middle of the Indian Ocean was where freedom fighters, such Veer Savarkar, and Batukeshwar Dutt were exiled. At the museum, displays include tools used to torture the inmates. A must-attend is the sound and light show which displays stories about India’s struggle for freedom.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India, Mumbai, Independence Movement

Gateway of India
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This is the site from where the last British troops left India. While the Gateway of India was built to mark the landing of King George V and Queen Mary of Apollo Bunder, this was also the place marking the end of British rule as the British troops left India.

 

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Jai Vilas Palace

The Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior is a grand example of the opulence and elegance that were the hallmarks of the erstwhile princely abodes. It was built in 1875 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior. A part of the palace (35 rooms) has now converted into a museum while the remaining area continues to be occupied by the Scindia family.

Gwalior Palace

JaiVilas Palace Gwalior – panoramio

The palace is a unique blend of various European architectural styles, drawing inspiration from Buckingham Palace, Palace of Versailles and the Greek ruins. Even the interiors reflect a distinct European influence as most of the furniture, tapestries and artifacts are from France and Italy.

The Durbar Hall is undoubtedly the most impressive with walls adorned with gold leaves and an ornate gilded ceiling. A pair of Belgian’ style chandeliers weighing several tonnes is said to be among the largest in the world. The story goes that ten elephants were taken on to the roof to test the strength of the building before the chandeliers were hung! Fine Persian carpets, ornate mirrors, heavy draperies and antique French furniture- all make for a true royal experience.

But the crowing glory is certainly the electric silver train with cut-glass wagons. The elegant train would chug around on miniature silver rails serving guests seated around a massive dining table.

The queen Chinoo Rani’s chambers are unique. Chinoo Rani was particularly short and the king had everything customized to her height! Among her personal memorabilia, her bejewelled mini slippers are indeed fascinating!

A beautifully crafted Venetian cut-glass cradle is used for Lord Krishna on the occasion of Janmashtami.

 

Top Fun things to do in Malaysia


Asia is full of diversity and uniqueness in terms of culture, landscape, religion, people and cuisines. This is why the continent is becoming increasingly popular among travelers. One of the jewels in Asia is no doubt Malaysia. It is emerging as a top tourist attraction due to multiple reasons. The country is well developed, safe, cultural, fascinating and not to mention beautiful. So if you are still confused as to where you want to go for a holiday, Malaysia is the perfect destination. You won’t regret this choice because the country has so much to offer.

Listed below are the top 10 fun things to do in Malaysia.

 

Shop at Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang, Malaysia

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | by Sham Hardy

While there are plenty of things to do in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, shopping is definitely the highlight. And there is no better place than Bukit Bintang for shopping or even just roaming around. This shopping and entertainment district is one of the most happening places in the city with bars, shops, restaurants and street vendors all around. For tourists, visiting Bukit Bintang should be on top of the things to do in Kuala Lumpur list.

 

Ride the Langkawi cable cars

Langkawi Malaysia cable cars

Langkawi, Malaysia: Langkawi Cable Car, Top Station on Gunung Machinchang
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Riding on the Langkawi cable car is one of the most popular activities on the Langkawi Island. The experience is truly one of its kind as the ride lets you enjoy breathtaking views of the island and refreshes the soul.

 

Visit the Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Towers, Malaysia

Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur | by IQRemix

Officially one of the most iconic sites in Malaysia, the Petronas Twin Towers are located in the sprawling and hustling bustling capital of Malaysia. These two towers are the tallest ones in the word and arguably as famously known as the Burj Khalifa in United Arab Emirates. Clicking a selfie in front of them seems like a trend that is catching on rapidly among the tourists. But it won’t be easy getting both the towers in the camera frame. Good luck!

 

Explore the Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Canopy Walkway in the Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia
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The Taman Negara National Park is one of the most popular places in not only Malaysia but all of Asia. The park includes a tropical rainforest that is said to be more than a 100 million years old. Treks through the jungle are extremely fun and fascinating as you get to witness unique plant species as well as wild birds and even tigers. Nature lovers and adventurous travelers love it this place.

 

Relax at Genting Highlands

First World Hotel Genting + Theme park, Malaysia

First World Hotel Genting and Theme park
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Genting Highlands is a hill resort and probably one of the most famous attractions in the country. Everyone recommends the resort for a refreshing and revitalizing time. The resort is located in a beautiful location and has been developed wonderfully.

 

Visit the Putra Mosque

Putrajaya - Putra Mosque and Perdana Putra Complex, Malaysia

Putrajaya – Putra Mosque and Perdana Putra Complex
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Being an Islamic country, Malaysia is home to some very beautiful mosques that have a unique interior and fascinating architecture. One such mosque is Putra mosque, which was made back in 1999. It has nine domes and is one of the finest examples of modern Islamic architecture.

 

Naval Refuge

Located in the English Harbour in the Caribbean instead of Antigua, the Antigua Naval dockyard was built by the British Navy in the late 18th and 19th century.

The environment in this part of Antigua, with its deep, narrow bays surrounded by highlands, is such that it was naturally suited to offer refuge from hurricanes to seafaring voyagers and was considered an ideal place for repairing ships.

The dockyard consists of a group of beautiful Georgian-style naval buildings and structures, which are within a walled enclosure. The main aim of the building it was to protect the interests of sugar cane powers in an era when the major European powers were fighting for control of the Eastern Caribbean region. Generations of African slaves, who worked on nearby plantations, were made to work on building the Dockyard.

Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua

Nelson’s Dockyard from Shirley Heights (3) | by roger4336

After 1989, it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In 1951, the buildings were renovated and the Dockyard was renamed Nelson’s Dockyard, after England’s naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson who lived there from 1784 to 1787. Today, the place is the venue of a number of sailing and yachting events.

Sea Caves

Gorham’s Cave Complex refers to the four caves at the base of the steep limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibralter, which is a 426-m high limestone ridge in Gibralter, a British overseas territory on the southern coast of Spain. It is Britain’s 30th world heritage site.

View of Gorham’s Cave, a sea cave in the east face of the Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar.
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The caves, called Bennett’s Gotham’s, Vanguard and Hyaena, were the last known home of the Neanderthal tribes, who occupied them for more than 100,000 years. They contain abstract rock engravings, dating back more than 39,000 years, ornaments, hunting tools and remains of butchered animals. One of the largest collections of bird remains from the Neanderthal period were found here. These archaeological findings depict culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Neanderthals.

6 Beautiful Places in Siliguri (West Bengal) To Explore

Daily hustle and bustle of life make our life so hectic that it would be so not wrong to take a small break from your daily hectic schedule and spend some time with oneself. Siliguri in West Bengal is a beautiful place in India which offers its travellers a pleasing experience for everyone.

Perfect for spending small holidays, Siliguri is situated on the foothills of Himalayas and is one of the best places that come in North India tourism. The place is filled with so many amazing places that will allow you many things to do in Siliguri. Be it shopping or temple visit, there is a plethora of things that will make your West Bengal tours memorable.

Here are the places where you can explore the city to the core and get a chance to peek into the soul of Bengal.

  1. Hong Kong Market

It’s a shout-out for all shopaholics, come and take a visit to Hong Kong market which is a perfect place for all shopping freaks. Located in Hakim Para, this place is always filled with large number of people buying and selling the cool souvenirs, that too in good quality under affordable price. The place will surely bring-out the best bargaining skills from within you. Do not miss visiting this place in your North India tours

  1. Coronation Bridge

Evident to its name, this bridge is indeed gracing the beauty of Siliguri. Listed among major tourist attractions in Siliguri, The Coronation Bridge is also called by the name of Sevoke Bridge. The bridge is spread across the River Teesta and bound the two glittering shores. Travellers can enjoy the spectacular and picturesque scenery of the dense forest that is wrapping around the bridge. This huge bridge makes the connection between the two districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. There is one more name by which this bridge is called and the name is Baghpool, which means the bridge of Tigers, as there are two tiger statues over there. Do not forget to miss this place.

  1. Kali Mandir

People of Bengal are the huge devotees of Goddess Duraga and her manifestation, especially Goddess Kali. So, it is obvious to have many temples which are dedicated to Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali. It is because of this reason; the Durga Puja of West Bengal is famous throughout the world. Kali Mandir in Siliguri is a famous tourist attraction and it attracts devotees in a large numbers. The grandeur of the temple during the time of Durga Puja and Navratri is a must watch. The major attraction of Kali temple is the huge idol of Goddess Kali which is adorning the jewels and armory. All the newly-wed couple visits this temple for a blissful conjugal life ahead. A spectacular view of Kanchenjunga, the third largest peak in the world is a treat to eyes.

  1. Salugara Monastery

Beautiful and serene this monastery is listed among the major tourist attractions of Siliguri. This place is located in the outskirts of Siliguri. The major attraction of this place has 100 ft stupa that fascinates travellers towards itself. This is a perfect place where you can spend some real amazing time with yourself. This place proves an ideal place for meditation and yoga under yoga tours in India.  Interesting thing about this place is that it was established by the heighted Buddhist monk, Dalai Lama and his followers. The prayers to shrine are believed to be the door of salvation.

  1. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the places that is enhancing the natural beauty and charm of India is Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary is a beautiful place filled with dense forest which touches the skies with spectacular flora and the fauna. This place is also famous as a house of one-horned rhinoceros, along with Endangered Indian elephants, spotted deer and many more exotic species of animals. People here can enjoy watching more than 350 species of birds which will bring lots of excitement to India Wildlife tour packages. 

  1. Savin Kingdom

This another amazing yet spectacular place in Siliguri that will make a perfect tourist spots for travellers. This amusement park is settled amidst the tea farm and is highly popular among travellers. People who wish to experience the fun, love and adventure altogether, this is the perfect place for you. There is a theme park in here which is located on the banks of Mahananda River. Taking part in the activities like pottery making, culture events, henna making, paintings and many more will make your activity tours in India, memorable.

Heritage Garden

The first and only tropical botanic garden in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, the Botanic Gardens of Singapore is also the only one in the world that is open from 5 am to midnight every single day of the year.

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The Botanic Gardens is located on the fringe of Singapore’s main shopping district. It was founded in 1859 by Henry Ridley, originally to promote rubber cultivation across the region. Today, more than 10, 000 species of flora cover its 74-hectare area. The garden receives 4.5 million visitors annually.

The National Orchid Garden within houses the world’s largest collection of 1,200 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. In 1981, the hybrid climbing orchid, Vanda Miss Joaquim, was chosen as Singapore’s national flower. Singapore practices ‘orchid diplomacy’ by naming its finest hybrids after visiting celebrities.