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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


image courtesy: wikipedia  

'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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