Patriotism is not something that you can teach your children by sending them to the school or from the books. It has to be induced! It can be either within the family, from the society or even by going places. So, which are the places in India that can foster the growth of the patriotism in your kids? Which places you must take them on the next vacation to let them take pride in the national integrity? Take a look:
Wagah Border, Amritsar, Punjab
A road border shared separating the India and Pakistan, Wagah Border is not just about an international separation line. The air of this beautiful place is lit with the fragrance of patriotism. The ceremonial Lowering of the Flags every evening is one of the best live shows to watch! Hundreds of people including the locals and the tourists visit this place every evening just to be a part of this amazing ambience. The patriotic songs and the slogans in the favour of the country are more than enough to reignite the sense of patriotism in your children. How to reach? Take a train from Delhi to Amritsar and then a taxi to Wagah.
Jhansi Fort, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
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We all grew up listening to the stories of the queen of Jhansi and her bravery. The way this queen fought against the Britishers is an inspiration source to each and every person who has even a little sense of national pride and patriotism. What a better place can there be than the Jhansi fort itself? A visit to this historical monument will acquaint you and your children with that struggle which was witnessed by these walls. Be there on the next vacation and have a look at the tragic and brave history of one of the centre of the revolt of 1857.
Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab
Who is not familiar with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the notorious General Dyer on the day of Baisakhi in 1919? The bullets which these walls took and the blood which that soil seeped in is the live example of the sacrifices our ancestors made to let us breathe in this air of independence. A close look at this story will leave you with nothing but the goosebumps. Take your children here to confront them with what our people did this for the nation and why they are required to maintain the national integrity. Trust me, your kids will thank you for this one!
Kargil War memorial
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One of the latest wars imposed upon India, the 1999 war of Kargil was another success of the valiant Indian army. Following the win over the neighbouring Pakistan, Kargil war memorial was built to pay a tribute to the national heroes. Located on the Srinagar-Leh highway, this memorial is a house to the major sequences of the war. It also projects the details of our brave men who laid their lives happily for the sake of the country. The sandstone wall with the names of the martyrs carved over it will fill your heart with all the patriotism and the national pride.
Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata, West Bengal
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A museum and a library dedicated to the life of Indian freedom fighter, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, Netaji Bhawan is a must visit! Set up in Netaji’s own ancestral home, the displays offer viewers a chance to revisit the freedom struggle and or incidences of bravery from the life of a true son of India.Who else better than Netaji himself can serve as the source of inspiration for the kids of the younger generation?
Do not forget to share your views when you return! Have you been to any of them already? We will love to hear your experience on the same.