06 Sep Battlefields in India’s History That You Can Visit!
Many battles have been fought on Indian soil in the past. While some were fought before the British Raj and some later, they all played a significant role in shaping Indian history and ultimately how things turned out. With battlefield tourism gaining popularity, there are numerous locations in India that you may visit to learn more about the historical and sociological aspects of these locations. Here’s a list of locations to visit if you’re also interested in learning more about warriors and battlegrounds.
Panipat -Battle of Panipat
Panipat is a Haryana city that has seen three notable occurrences. While the first Battle of Panipat was fought between King Ibrahim Lodhi of the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Ruler Babur, marking the start of the Mughal era in India, the second was fought between King Hem Chandra Vikramaditya and Mughal Emperor Akbar, with the Mughals triumphing. Finally, the invaders from Afghanistan and the Maratha Empire fought the third battle. According to the chronicles, all of these conflicts played a significant role in shaping Indian history. Visit the Panipat Museum and the Kabuli Shah Mosque, which were both erected by Babur, to learn more about this fight.
Kohima- Battle of Kohima
During World War II, in 1944, this battle took place. Between the Japanese Army and the Indian Army led by British officers, the conflict was fought in three phases. The war ended in India’s favour, and the country was able to prevent another foreign invasion from entering the country. When at Kohima, pay a visit to the Kohima State Museum and the Kohima War Cemetery to learn more about the logistics and politics of the war.
Dhauli- Kalinga War
Dhaul is a town around 8 kilometres from Bhubaneswar that is thought to be the scene of the Kalinga War. The Kalinga War was fought between Emperor Ashoka and the state of Kalinga, and historians claim it was one of the worst battles in Indian history. Despite the fact that Ashoka won the war, it was a watershed moment in his life and in Indian history. As a result of witnessing the war’s repercussions, Ashoka’s views on war shifted, and he pledged never to injure anybody physically and converted to Buddhism. Every year, the Kalinga Mahotsav is held at Dhauli Shanti Stupa to commemorate the triumph of peace over conflict.
Palashi – Battle of Plassey
After the Battle of Plassey in 1757, the settlement of Plassey, formerly known as Palashi, gained historical significance. It was also the beginning of the British Empire in India. The conflict, fought between Robert Clive’s British Army and Bengal’s Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daula, had far-reaching ramifications. Because of betrayal, the Nawab of Bengal lost the war, and the rest is history. Visit the Palashi Monument, which was created in honour of the bravehearts, to learn more about the Battle of Plassey.
Haldi Ghati Road – Battle of Haldighati
Haldighati is located in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand District, which is known for the 1576 war between Mughal Emperor Akbar and Rajput Ruler Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Despite the fact that Maharana Pratap lost the battle, the Mughals were unable to capture him. You can learn more about this war by visiting the Haldighati Museum in Udaipur, which is available to the public every day.