6 lesser-known landmarks to add to your travel list Independence Day


As India commemorates its 75th Independence Day, it's time we look back and explore the lesser-known places that are emblematic of India's patriotic zeal. Booking.com has curated a list of places that played an integral part in India's freedom struggle but have faded to the fringes or got lost in the pages of history. From Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial atop a hill in Vijayawada to Rani Laxmi Bai’s land, Jhansi, visit these places and embrace this national holiday with fervour and glory.

Tomb of Veera Pazhassi Raja at Mananthawadi in Wayanadu

1. Pazhassi Tomb, Wayanad, Kerala

Adorning the northern hills of Kerala is the green paradise of Wayanad, the place where the inspiring story of Pazhassi Raja was scripted. Thousands of people visit the Pazhassi Tomb to pay their respects to the legendary Lion of Kerala, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja. A ferocious king, famed for his glorious military triumph over the British and his love and unwavering allegiance to his subjects till the end.  This destination is also known for its numerous camping and trekking paths, spectacular waterfalls, caverns, bird-watching sites, and an abundance of magnificent vistas. From verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls to crystalline lakes and wildlife sanctuaries, the place has plenty to offer nature enthusiasts and tranquillity seekers.

Gandhi Hill

2. Gandhi Hill, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

Another recommended destination by Booking.com to relive the chapters of the freedom movement is Gandhi Hill, located in the Land of Victory, Vijayawada. It is the first Gandhi memorial atop a hill in India, built in honour of the Father of the Nation. You will feel proud while visiting this landmark since it will remind you of India's glory, which was brought about by one man, Mahatma Gandhi, who is revered not only in India but across the world for his non-violent approach in combating the British. The view from the hill is spectacular. Visit Bhavani Island, Victoria Museum, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Kondapalli Fort, and Kolleru Lake to get a glimpse of Vijayawada's affluent legacy and heavenly touch amid the calm of its natural settings. The place is also known for its luscious mangoes, a variety of sweet delicacies, and serene waterfalls.

Sangagiri Hill

3. Sankagiri Fort, Salem, Tamil Nadu

Sankagiri Fort is a historic stronghold established in the 15th century by the Vijayanagar Empire, which was later expanded by Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, and the British. The fort has various historically noteworthy relics, including weapons and handguns, as well as sites such as a death well, granary, masjids, and temples. The Mango city of Tamil Nadu, Salem, welcomes you with quaint beauty and lush greenery. Idyllic and elegant, Salem is truly a melange of pilgrimage, natural beauty, and heritage. If you appreciate nature, you can head to Mookaneri Lake, Oothumalai Hill, and Kiliyur Falls; if you are religious, you can go to Kalangi Siddhar Temple, Sugavaneswarar Temple, and Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple. A visit to Salem will truly fill your hearts with admiration for our beloved country.

Mubarak Mandi

4. Mubarak Mandi, Jammu

Mubarak Mandi, situated in the heart of Jammu's old walled city and overlooking the river Tawi, was where the Dogra kings reigned for almost 200 years. The palace is a synthesis of numerous architectural styles, including Baroque, Rajasthani, European, and Mughal.  Jammu, Kashmir's winter capital, is a sacred and serene city with several religious sites to seek the almighty's blessings and postcard landscape that includes gurgling brooks, blossoming gardens, snow-capped peaks, pretty meadows, apple orchards, and calm lakes with the distinctive shikaras. Tourist attractions like Raghunath Temple, Bahu Fort , Peer Kho Cave,  Bhimgarh Fort, Baag-e-Bahu  and Amar Mahal Palace depict Jammu’s magnificence and charm.


5. Jhansi,5.  Uttar Pradesh

Talk about patriotism and how can we forget Jhansi, the historic city of Uttar Pradesh. Located in the heart of Bundelkhand and famous for the tales of the unrelenting courage of its queen, Jhansi is a city unlike any other in the country. The fierce bravery and courageous stories of Queen Laxmi Bai fill your heart with pride. As an Indian, visiting her land on this Independence Day to live her story is one of the most fulfilling experiences to have. One can visit Jhansi Fort, Rani Mahal, and Jhansi Museum to pay tribute to the warrior queen, who fought tooth and nail with the British forces and succumbed to death while fighting for her kingdom. The city’s architecture is an absolute treat for history aficionados. At the same time, those looking for some solitude, or a chance to get closer to mother nature, can head to Barua Sagar Tal, Herbal Garden, or Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary. Jhansi is sure to bring out the patriot in you.