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Go To Jail ! Famous Yerwada Jail is open for tourist


Many of you might have visited the sandy beautiful beaches, national forests and parks, wildlife sanctuaries, historical forts and many more tourist destinations and now might be planning and searching for new places to visit which are unique? Then you might like the idea of “jail tourism” Yes, you read it right because from 26th, January 2021 Maharashtra government started jail tourism in Pune's Yerawada jail. Many of us are curious and wondered about what prisoner's life in a  jail is like, right? Well, if you are interested in prison or jail tourism then now you can do so without committing a crime!  It’s something unique, isn’t it ?

The initiative has been launched by the Maharashtra state government with an aim to help students, all history enthusiasts and citizens to experience and be aware of our history at a nominal fee. 

Entry Fee for Yerwada Jail Tourism :

Fee for School student : Rs. 5
Fee for collegians : Rs. 10
Fee for general tourist : Rs. 50

Yerwada jail, built by British in between 1865 to 1871 is considered as one of the largest prisons in south Asia which is spread across 500 acres. Only certain parts in the jail where freedom fighters stayed will be open for tourists to visit. 

This jail has significant historical value in the Indian Independence movement like “Pune Pact” that took place in jail premises between 'Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar' and 'Mahatma Gandhi' on September 24, 1932 and many freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Lokmanya Tilak, Vallabhbhai Sardar Patel, Sarojini Naidu and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had been imprisoned in this jail under the british rule, also in 1899, the Chapekar brothers were hanged in Yerwada Jail.

How to Book Jail Tourism :

For now due to the pandemic situation only 50 visitors will be allowed daily. Those tourists who are interested to visit will be required to submit an application form to the Superintendent of Yerwada Jail on email or in person at the jail seven days before their visit. 

Definitely, It will be an experience to remember. So let’s plan your visit and go ahead and explore the historical Indian monuments.

If you have some more time in hand to explore the city then there are plenty of options in and around Pune like Shaniwar wada, Parvati hills, Shreemant Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir, Aga Khan palace, Singhad fort, Rajiv Gandi Zoological park and many more.

How to reach Pune :

Reaching to Pune is not hassle because it has well air, road and rail connectivity. Tourist can avail local city bus or book online a comfortable and reliable Pune local cab outside their arrival place.

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Shantivan in Delhi

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'Shantivan' which means 'Forest of Peace', a peaceful area surrounded by plants and shady trees and lush green lawns is a memorial site dedicated to 'Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru' [first and longest serving prime minister of India]. 'Shanti van' is the place where Pandit Nehru's last rites were performed on 27th May 1964.  Shanti van is located north of Raj Ghat [The samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi] in the banks of River Yamuna, Delhi.  

'Jawaharlal Nehru' was born on November 14th, 1889 in Allahabad in British India. He is known as a man of vision who envisioned modern India and played a key role in prosperous India. fought and took a part in long struggle for freedom of India from the British rulers.

Pandit Nehru's birthday [14th November] is celebrated in India as 'Children Day' [Bal Diwas] in recognition for his love, affection and respect towards children. He came to be known as 'Chacha Nehru' for the children of the country because of his  special love towards children.

If you are in Delhi then must visit this place where you can spend quality time. It is open on all days of the week, from 5:00 AM - 7:30 PM and there is no entry fee to visit this site.

You can reach Shantivan by cab, taxi or metro as it is located near southeast of Red Fort, near Rajghat.

Places you can visit near Shanti Van :

  • Shakti sthal
  • Vir Bhumi 
  • Vijay Ghat
  • Delhi gate 
  • Raj Ghat Kisan Ghat 
  • Khas mahal
  • National Gandhi museum and library 
  • Shahi burj 
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World famous 'Kumbhalgarh Fort of Mewar'

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  This mammoth fort, located at the height of 1100 meters above sea level is situated on the hills of Aravali in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan and 128 km away from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh fort, which was built in the 15th century by Maharana Rana Kumbha under the expert supervision of the famed architect Mandan,  is one of the famous and important fort of Rajasthan and is still very proudly present and celebrate the glory of that century. During 2013, this fort has got UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap Singh - who was a emperor of Mewar and a great warrior. From Maharana Kumbh to the time of Maharana Raj Singh, the royals were in this fort at the time of the attacks on Mewar.
The wall of this fort is known as the second largest wall after the wall of China which is 36 kilometers long and 15 feet wide. There are seven gates for entry inside the fort, in which Ram Darwaza, Pag Door, Hanuman Dwar etc. There are 360 ​​temples inside the perimeter of the long wall of Kumbhalgarh fort, out of which 300 are of Jain religion and the rest of Hindu religion.

However most of the Indian fort is surrounded by a high observation site in the hill or forest but both of these facilities are available in the fort of Kublalgarh. You can also take a glimpse of the amazing beauty of 366 luxurious and good buildings, temples and green gardens. As you head towards 'Badal Mahal' you can also see the beautiful surroundings.

There are seven gates for entry inside the fort, in which Ram Darwaza, Pag Door, Hanuman Dwar etc are famous. Every evening at 6:45pm there is a light and sound show at the fort which narrate the secret history hidden behind the stone facade of this majestic fort.

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Mysterious Rocks Hill - Kawadia Pahaad, Madhya Pradesh

   The result of an ancient volcanic  eruption, these are perfectly straight rocks looking blankly at the sky. Countless stone formations having differnt shapes and size of almost 20-40 feet in height  and mainly hexagonal in shape spreads arcoss the forest of Udaipura-Baagli in (Dewas) -Indore.

 Kawadiya Mountain is one-of-its-kind site that charms you with the breathtaking view of countless pillar-like stones. Piled up in a certain array, they form a trail of one kilometre. The stones produce sound when you beat on them stone or small metal and each stone makes a different metalic sound. The local people claim to hear soft, ringing sounds from stones on certain nights.

 Much similar to rocks seen in Ireland or in China these are the similar rocks which appeared out of Geological movements or some Volcanic eruption.
A wonderful & nature crafted destination for ecofreak  who look for short visits , relax your nerves amidst untapped and unexplored beauty.
The location may be difficult to find on the map but these rocks are considered among oldest rock sample ,that is been explored and which might attract Geologist in near future.

 According to locals Pandav- Bheem wished to marry river goddess Narmada, she chided him to stop her flow by the next dawn using his valor. Only then she would submit to his wishes. Bheem procured these stones but failed to reach the river. Great imagination! There are other two versions of the story as well.
 The formation is awesome and gives an impression that it is man made. This site is unexplored yet in Madhya Pradesh .

How to reach:

Kawadiya is 75 kms from Indore. It can be accessed by hiring a cab or private vehicle. No direct conveyance is available. The nearest Railway Station is Dewas (MP).

Where to stay:

No accommodation facilities are available in Kawadiya or nearby. Ride back to Dewas or Indore for overnight stay.
Still far from commercialization ,there are no local shops for food and water .It is advisable to carry  food and water along during visit.
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History Of Belgaum

Belgaum is the fourth largest city of Karnataka state and also serves as head quarter of the district of the same name. The city of Belgaum is largely built during 12th century under the Ratta dynasty which was based at nearby place of Saundatti. The fort of Belgaum was built in 1204 by the Ratta dynasty. It also served as the capital place of the dynasty from 1210 to 1250. The region witnessed the rule of many kingdoms. It was once in under the rule of  Yadava dynasty of Devgiri.  Then the region came under the rule of Kilhji during 14th century. In 1474 the region was captured by Bahamani Sultanate.   In the year 1518 the Bahamati Sultanate was divided into small five states and Belgaum became the part of Adilshahi Sultanate of Bijapur. Many existing historical building and structures in Belgaum belong to the era after the year 1519. The region was taken by Mughal dynasty under Aurangazeb the Mughal emperor. Belgaum was then captured by the Peshawa during the Maratha rule. They continued to rule the region until the British brought it under their rule.  

British continued to rule Belgaum until Aug-1947 when India got the independence. During the British rule Belgaum was actively involved in the freedom struggle of India.  In Dec-1921 Belgaum was the venue for the 39th session of Indian National Congress under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. After the independence of India Belgaum remained the part of Bombay Presidency until 1956 when States Reorganization Act made Belgaum a part of Mysore state which was further renamed as Karnataka in 1972. In 1956 State Reorganization Committee was set up to demark the borders of states of India on linguistic line. But the committed decided to make the region of Belgaum a part of Karnataka state ignoring the fact that the region houses a large number of Marathi people (about three fourth of the total population). The state of Maharashtra continues to claim the region and at present the matter is under the Supreme Court of India.                                                      

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History of Shirdi

History of Shirdi
Shirdi is known for its abode of famous saint Sri Sai Baba. Shirdi is a small town situated in Ahamadanagar district of state of Maharashtra. Town of Shirdi which houses the temple of Sri Saibaba is visited by lakhs pilgrims round the year from across the country.  History of Shirdi is linked to the life of Sri Sai Baba. 

 In the year 1954 the local people of the village of Shirdi found a young boy in meditating position under a neem tree. People were attracted by his tranquility, wisdom and Spiritual power. Soon he became a famous fakir in surroundings area of the village. Later on he spent his six decades of his life there. People began to call him by the name of Sai Baba. Sai Baba relentlessly worked for the poor and wretched people. He is believed to have performed many miracles and thus helped many people. He became so famous that many people come to seek his blessing from far and wide.  Among his followers were many well off people who used to donate some money to   Sri Baba. Sai Baba on other hand helped the poor with the same money. Sai Baba remained in Shirdi until his death in 1918. Privileged by the touch of such holy man the town of Shirdi has now become one of most important pilgrimage center in India. The place where Sri Sai Baba took his last breath now houses a big temple of him.  The temple is visited by lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country round the year.
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History of Madurai

A prominent pilgrim site for the Hindus Madurai is the third largest city of Tamil Nadu. Madurai has a long and constant history since 3Rd BC. It has the references in the written history of Greek Ambassador Megesthenes and kautilya the minister in the Mauryan Empire. Madurai was a prominent cultural and administrative center during Pandyan rule till about 1311; afterwards rule of Ma’bar was established by Delhi Sultanate. Later it came to be known as Ma’bar sultanate which ruled till Vijaynagar Empire absorbed Madurai in 14Thcentury finally British East India Company ruled Madurai till India’s independence in 1947.George Procter was the first collector of Madurai.
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History of Varanasi

History of Varanasi

Varanasi was known as Kashi Kshetra in the Rigvedic texts. Since the ages it has been regarded as one of the important Pilgrimage centers for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. The place was formed into an independent city during 18th century.
The earliest mention of the city could be found in Rigveda. Then the great epics of India (The Ramayana and The Mahabharata) talk about this place.  Buddha gave his sermon at Saranath which is just 10 m away from Varanasi. The 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism (Parsvanatha) was born here. 
From 11th to 17th century Varanasi was under the capture of the Muslim rulers. The city saw a setback during this time due to the invaders. Kingdom of Kashi was established during 18th century. Under the British rule Varanasi was made a separate State in 1910, making Ramanagar its headquarters. The Kashi Naresh is a title of honor bestowed upon the king. Kashi Naresh is the supreme power concerning ritualistic activities there. He stays in Ramanagar fort.  The then Kashi Naresh raja Balwant Singh built this fort. After Independence, Varanasi merged with the Indian Union. 

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History of Chandigarh

Chandigarh History

On attaining Independence from the British in August 1947, India had to surrender quite a lot of its northern territories for formation of Pakistan, Punjab was also split into two parts with Lahore its biggest city going to Pakistan. Then a need to create a new capital for Punjab led to many options but the most suitable one was creating a new modern city as the capital. This proposal was selected by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. A Swiss born French architect Le Corbusier was commissioned to design a new city Chandigarh as the capital of Punjab. Later in the year 1966 Haryana state was created from the eastern portions of Punjab. Chandigarh was at the border of both Punjab and Haryana hence it was made a union territory and appointed as the capital for both the states.

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History of Guntur

 Guntur is a city and municipal corporation in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It also serves as head quarter of the district of the same name. Guntur gets its earliest recorded reference from the Indren plate of Ammaraja the Vengi Chalukyan king who ruled the region during 922 to 929 CE. The city also gets its reference in the inscriptions which date back to 1147 and 1158 CE. Garthpuri was the original Sanskrit name of Guntur. Agasthyeswara Sivalayam is temple of Shiva situated in the old city of Guntur. The temple is most famous temple in Guntur and houses inscriptions in Naga scripts which dates back to 1100 CE.
After the arrival of Europeans, Guntur rose to prominence. In 1752 the French moved their head quarter from Kondavid Fort to Guntur and established their settlement there. This settlement later on formed the center of modern city. Nizam and Haider Ali ruled Guntur and surrounding region until 1778 when the region came under the rule of British. Guntur was made a district which was abolished in 1859 only to be reconstituted again in 1904. The city witnessed the railway track being laid in 1890 under the British rule. British continued to rule Guntur until the independence of India in Aug-1947. Post independence era witnessed large scale development in the city. Guntur is at present the fourth largest city of Andhra Pradesh.

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Histoty of Kota

History of Kota 

       Kota, formerly known as Kotah, is prominent city in Indian state of Rajasthan. Situated on the Chambal River, the city of Kota was once the princely city in the region. During 12th century the region was under Rao Deva who belonged to Hada clan. Rao Deva was the chieftain of that community. It was Rao Deva who later brought the surrounding territory under his control and established the Budi and Hadoti and thus Kota and the surrounding region became the main place of ruling for Bhill communities. Later on the chieftain of Hada community lost to Bundi ruler Jait Sigh. 
       During the early 17th century the Mughal Emperor Jahangir handed over Kota to Madho Singh the son of Rao Ratan Singh and thereafter Kota came to be known as an independent state. Under the rule of Madho Singh, Kota grew large in area and became richer and more powerful. Maharao Bhim Singh who was holding the Mansab of five thousands and was the first one in the dynasty to have been honored with the name Maharao played a vital role in the history of Kota. Later on Kota came under the control of the British who continued to rule it until Aug-1947 when India got independence.
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History of Guwahati

Guwahati is the largest city of the state of Assam in India. It serves as a gateway to the North-eastern region of India. According to Puranas, Hindu epic and other mythological stories the history of Guwahati goes several thousand years back. As per the Mahabharata it was the capital place of demon king Narakasura who was killed by lord Krishna. Excavations at Ambari take the history of Guwahati back to 6th century when Guwahati was known as Pragjyotishpura. Guwahati was the capital place of Pala and Varaman dynasties of Kamarapura kingdom. Excavations during the construction of Cotton College in Guwahati suggest that Guwahati was city of great size and also significant one from economic and strategic points of view in the 9th and 10th centuries.
In the medieval time Guwahati and the surrounding region were ruled by the Koch Hajo and Ahom kingdoms. After the defeat of Koch Hajo at the hand of Mughal, Guwahati came under the rule of Ahom kingdom that made it an important military outpost. There were about seventeen invasions from the Mughal on Guwahati but each time they had to face the defeat at the hand of Ahom kingdom. A major earthquake 1897 and then a series of floods devastated most part of the city of Guwahati. Guwahati then witnessed the rule of British until Aug- 1947 when India got the freedom from the colonial rule.  Guwahati served as capital place of Assam until the city of Dispur was made capital of the state.     
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History of Solapur

History of Solapur
Solapur is a district of Maharashtra State now. History of this district is associated with the Bahamani Sultanate, the rulers of Bijapur and the Mughals in the medieval period. It was ruled by the Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas and the Kalchuri rulers. It was a part of Kuntala region in the ancient period. The actual formation of Solapur into an independent territory took place in the medieval period. 
Solapur was a part of the Gulbarga division in the reign of the Bahamani Sultans. After that it came under the rule of the rulers of Bijapur Adil Shahi. It became a part of Bijapur region then. Later in the Mughal period it was a part of the Telangana region. Marathas ruled over it for a decade and Solapur (it was known as Sholapur) came under Ahmadnagar district. During Anglo-Maratha tussles the area comprising Solapur and Pandharapur were the center of disputes. 
During Indian Freedom Struggle Solapur had acquired three days independence due to insurgency of the freedom fighters. This happened in 1930 from 9th of May to 11th of May. In 1930 after Gandhi’s arrest there were protests and rallies all over India. Even in Solapur many freedom fighters took up protests and the angry mob had ransacked the police station. The police and other authorities had fled from the city for three days and the Congress men of Solapur took charge of Solapur for three days. Tulsidas Jadhav, a leader of Congress Party was in charge of the responsibilities. On 6th April in 1930, a month before the incident mentioned above the freedom fighters had even hoisted the national flag on Muncipal Council building. It is known as the first Muncipal Council in India to hoist the national flag. Irritated British executed many freedom fighters making them the martyrs of Freedom struggle. 
After Independence many taluks of Solapur district were relocated and in the year 1956 the district came under the Bombay State of that time. In 1960 the district became a part of the Maharashtra State.
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