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A Brief History of India’s Independence & How It’s Celebrated

Like many other countries that have fought for their independence from foreign forces, India too has been a victim too. Once you visit our nation’s historical monuments, you’ll know why it was colonised in the first place. After suffering under the clutches of oppression for almost 200 years, we finally gained independence. On the occasion of 15 August, India’s Independence Day, here’s a quick history of India’s colonial past and how it’s celebrated today with as much vigour as it was in 1947.

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East Khasi Hills

An Overview of the States That Make up North-East India

North-East India is a gem that remains hidden because all the focus on Indian travel is given to North and South India. But that does not make North-East any lesser a part of this country. In fact, when thinking about the diversity of India, these states play a significant role. Their culture and traditions are strikingly different than the ones throughout the rest of India.

North-East India comprises of seven states: Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland and Assam. You will see more natural beauty in these states than anywhere else in the country. Read on to learn more about the seven sisters.

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View across Tamil Naidu. Photo by Karl Rock.

Top 5 Things To See and Do in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is the southernmost state of India. Tamil Nadu is bordered by the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, resulting in beautiful beaches. More than ten rivers flow within this state making it one of the most fertile lands in the country. Concerning scenic beauty, Tamil Nadu is on par with states like Karnataka. With the Nilgiri and Anamalai Hills towering over the state, it looks nothing less than impressive. It also shares a maritime border with Sri Lanka.

Regarding historical structure, Tamil Nadu is blessed. The state is mentioned in epics like Ramayana. There are 33,000 temples here, built in the impressive Dravidian architectural style. Also, Archaeological Survey of India has found that settlements in Tamil Nadu were one of the oldest in the Indian Peninsula. Tamil Nadu was rich in art and cultural forms since time immemorial. Evidence of their culture is found in their text belonging to that era: Sangam Literature.

With all that being said, there is definitely a lot to see in Tamil Nadu. But if you’re in a hurry, I’m going to list down five places in this state that you should visit.

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The Chariot in Hampi

The History Behind the Ancient City of Hampi, India

Hampi is a small village in Karnataka that attracts thousands of tourists, historians and archaeologists every day. It is as fascinating as its name sounds. Today, it stands in ruins that speak of a powerful and incredible past. In fact, it is also one of the most controversial ancient cities in the world. Read on to know about what makes Hampi so interesting and why you should definitely visit it.

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A street in Old Delhi

What’s the Difference Between ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Delhi?

When you come to the capital, the rich and splendid capital, you might often hear the words Old Delhi and New Delhi. This can get quite confusing if you’re not from India. This article will give you a clearer picture of the essential difference between these two.

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