As we bring in India’s 73rd Independence Day, we decided to venture out of the nation’s borders and explore countries that celebrate their big day along with us. Check them out! By Bayar Jain
1. Republic of Congo (1960)
Located in Central Africa, Republic of Congo is the second largest country in the African Continent. The fact that the nation is largely uninhabited means that a vast chunk of land is replete with tropical jungles and natural wildlife. Hundreds, if not more, lowland gorillas, monkeys and even elephants roam in the Odzala National Park, while the far ends of the country, Ndoki and Douli, are in the same league as Tanzania and South Africa for wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can choose to hike up the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountain peaks or even cruse along the Congo river. While here, don’t forget to try the local’s favourite Palm wine.
2. South Korea (1945)
Known as the Land of the Morning Calm, South Korea houses beautiful landscapes, plenitudes of experiences, and a gigantic 500 years’ worth of culture and history. Step into the capital city of Seoul, and you’ll find yourself sucked into the constant hullaballoo of Asia’s third largest economy. Contrasting this are the idyllic countryside where you can hike up mountains, or even wade your way through rice fields. Gyeongiu is known for the many World Heritage Cultural sites, while the Jeju island offers many natural wonders to leave you spellbound. The must-visit Jeonju and Andong are famous for the traditional villages, ideal places to give you a taste of the local cultures.
3. Bahrain (1971)
Officially known as the Kingdom of Bahrain, this small Arab nation is an island country in the Persian Gulf. It’s popular among tourists for it’s authentic ‘Arabness’, but without the added baggage of strict application of Islamic law upon non-Muslims. The capital city Manama offers a range of craft markets and pottery workshops – a refreshing change from the glitzy glamourous capitals of most nations in the world. On the other hand, the ancient city of Dilmun gives a peak to the lives of civilisations in the Bronze Age. Here, the ruins, burial mounds, and forts are worth exploring.
4. Liechtenstein (1940)
The German-speaking European nation Liechtenstein is a dot on the world map. Despite being the sixth smallest country on Earth, Liechtenstein is known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes, and villages. Outdoor enthusiasts are in their element here, thanks to the variety of trek routes available.