We happen to be an extremely lucky generation that doesn’t have to live under colonial rule, face the repercussions of Partition or cope with the economic transformations of privatisation/liberalisation. But this Independence Day, take time out and explore all that which makes us a beautiful country and people. Here are some iconic things to do.
Kite Flying At India Gate Or Old Delhi
With Rashtrapati Bhavan looming in the background and India Gate ahead, this is one of the best places to be at on this day. The sense of oneness with your brothers and sisters, as well as that of tradition and heritage pervades the atmosphere.
And the kites? That’s just a fun excuse to go outdoors and enjoy the day.
Red Fort For PM’s SpeechThe Prime Minister gives a speech and then hoists the tricolour on the Red Fort ramparts. If you can’t make it to Old Delhi and don't want brave the crowds, watching it on TV or listening to the radio is also an option.
All in all, this is a very dramatic affair with the Guard of Honour on full display; celebrations go on till midday.
Raj Ghat To Pay HomageThis is another iconic heritage site that you must visit. Pay homage to Gandhi, as will the rest of the country and it’s administrators. The Samadhi is where more initiatives and resolutions are announced. If you’re super interested in the policies and upcoming plan that the country will work towards, we’d try to get a pass to this fersure.
Royal Mavericks: Nation Salute Ride
Every year on Aug 15, Royal Mavericks, the club of Royal Enfield enthusiasts, makes it’s way on a long drive. They do a flag-hoisting ceremony at their destination.
This time, they are going to Choki Dhani in Sonipat, via Akshardham, Geeta Colony, Pushta Road and Kashmiri Gate. They also do a breakfast and you’ll have to maintain all the rules and regulations to join in. Coming?
Find out more here.
Independence Day Commemorative Walk
This Dastan-E-Revolt Of 1857 promises to be one of the most educational and thrilling walks of this year by Delhi By Foot. Meet at the Kashmiri Gate Metro Station and listen to the story of this revolt that finally led to the Independence of 1947, almost 90 years later.
There will be a fun 1857-inspired brekky and a heritage walk and talk that will cover one of Delhi’s major fort entry gates, which saw pitched fighting, death memorials, churches and cemeteries. See more mutiny-related historical sites around the northern ridge.
Find out more here.
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