We reached Pune at around 8 in the morning after spending two days in the train. However, we didn’t feel the brunt of the long journey mainly due to our excitement about the new places that we were going to visit.
We headed straight towards the hotel we had booked over the internet but didn’t want to waste time by relaxing. Instead, we freshened up, packed all the necessary stuff and decided to start our exploration venture on the same day. The first destination in our list was the National War Memorial Southern Command Pune.
It is actually a war memorial to commemorate contribution of the martyrs of the post independence wars that took place in India. The best thing about this war memorial is the fact that it has been erected completely with the contributions of the citizens. It was constructed and devoted to the country on its 52nd Independence Day in 1998. We were extremely proud to have been born in a country with such brave people.
We also felt a bit sad since we never worry about the fact that all our freedom comes at the expense of these sacrifices made by the people at the borders. One of the most attractive things about the memorial is the presence of the Mig 23 BN which is regarded to be utilized during the Kargil War.
We also spotted a copy of the now dysfunctional INS Trishu which played a major role during the Indo-Pakistani war in 1971, put up on display. One of the locals told us that the memorial has received a payment of INR 32 lakhs for undergoing renovation thanks to the efforts of the Pune Cantonment Board.
The memorial has been decorated with new landscapes, laying pathways and lawns with this amount. Despite being adorned with beautifully arranged trees, flowers and other structures, the entry to the National War Memorial Southern Command Pune is completely free. The time period between October and March is considered to be the best one to visit this place as the entire area stays covered with lush greenery. We spent around an hour to pay our tribute to some of the many unknown freedom fighters of the country.