“सारे जहाँ से अच्छा हिन्दोसिताँ हमारा
हम बुलबुलें हैं इसकी यह गुलसिताँ हमारा”
Independence Day, the President of India delivers the “Address to the Nation”, the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honor of the solemn occasion. That’s the spirit of this day of national importance.
Being patriotic is a tribute to the nation, so this independence day, sight the new routes to celebrate the joy and essence of freedom. It’s a long weekend and you have immense opportunities to get united with the nation and touching the soul of Indian freedom.
The essential charm of the city – Delhi is not measured by the degrees of urbanization but the legacy of culture and heritage it beholds. What can make you feel proud about your nation on this 70th Independence Day is:
Let’s begin with the heart of Delhi. Experience the majestic charm of the 60 feet Tricolor Flag at the centre of the Central Park, which is unsurprisingly listed as a heritage building of Connaught Place. Also, you might not know but the portrait of the ten human figures following Gandhi on our Indian currency is real! Named “Gyarah Murti”, the massive glistening black sculpture made by veteran artist and sculptor Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhary depicts the mass following the Bapu on his path-breaking Civil Disobedience protest. Finally, salute the most admiring view of “Rashtrapati Bhavan”, built with a blend of European, Mughal and Indian styles.
Why not cherish the true glory of an indefinite number of heritage monuments scattered all over the power capital – Delhi! You can appreciate the serene sounds of Gurbani of Bangla Sahib, Aartis of Chattarpur Mandir and Qawwalis of sung at Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya; resounding at around sunset, which will free your heart and mind of all the worries and drift you to the state of whelming peace, on Independence eve. There are many other magnificent monuments i.e. Purana Qila, Humayun Tomb, and the likes, where you can spend quality time with near and dear ones.
Adorn the objects close to our roots this Independence Day by heading over to Indian Handicrafts Emporium, South Delhi, which is famous for its fascinating craft offerings of Dhokra Castings, Tribal Arts, and Kashmiri Carpets, Silk Items, and other handicrafts. Talking about handicrafts and not mentioning Dilli Haat is a sin! It is the best destination to fill your shopping bags with Chicken Kari Outfits, Shawls, Embroidered Kurtis, Juttis, Kohlapuris, Handcrafted Bags and Accessories. More to look for hand looms is at Khadi Gram Udyog, where you can get inspired with the Indian manufactured substances and articles that give the feeling of Hindi Hain Hum.
Relish the “food of India” on this national day to attain a gastronomic nirvana. Start your day with tangy local food from streets of Old Delhi – Dilli-ki-Chaat, Papdi Chaat, Golgappas, Chole Bhature. Our country is blessed abundantly with heterogeneous cultures and traditions, which is evident from the assorted flavors of food it offers under a single roof. Don’t miss the mouth-watering Biryanis from Dil Pasand Biryani: Jama Masjid, Andhra Bhawan: Connaught Place, and Tipu Sultan Biryani: Batla House Bus Stand. Finally, Gulab Jamun, Gajar ka Halwa, Matka Kulfi, Dahi Jalebis, Rasmalai are the must have for all the Dil Se Desi ones!
Instead of the hectic hours of waiting in the queues for the regular Bollywood Flick or some Expensive Concert, get amazed by the Cultural Daily Events taking place at India Habitat Centre, India International Centre, Kamani Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch and Triveni. (Most of them are free!) The performers are veteran actors and budding talents from every nook and corner of India and abroad. Theater, dance, music and drama have always been considered as the rich culture and tradition of India. The fine lighting and sounds will add up to the experience!
Eat, Shop, Explore, Dance, Sing, and spend some time amidst the core of Delhi to understand that we belong to the country that holds rich heritage, culture, and traditions – it will give you the waking feelings of patriotism. That’s the Real Magic of Delhi!
“Ek Sham Vatan Ke Naam”
- Divyangee Srivastav