India has a long and successful military history which dates back several years - Armed Forces have been fighting to protect the Indian soil since centuries. It is an experience of a lifetime to know more in detail about the wars and bloody battles fought along with the courageous acts of the soldiers, which have continued to inspire the generations since.
If you are really fascinated about the military history of India, you should definitely make a visit to some of the military museums in the country, which would help you get a better understanding of the Armed Forces. These museums have various weapons, vehicles and aircrafts which were used by the Indian military over the years and would bring you closer to that side of India's history which one may not be familiar with.
Cavalry Tank Museum, Maharashtra
Located in the city of Ahmednagar in Maharashtra is the first museum which dedicates itself to cavalry tanks in Asia. The museum is home to about 50 vintage exhibits, with the oldest one being a Rolls Royce armoured car.
Some of the exhibits here take you back to the times of World War I and have made their presence felt in the battlefields of Cambrian Somme and Flanders. Apart from these there a number trophy tanks from the Indo-Pak War of 1965.
Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, Port Blair
Located in Port Blair, also known as Fisheries Museum, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is maintained by the Indian Navy and has exhibits which are not military in nature. The exhibits here draw attention by showcasing displays of tribal communities from the islands and their diverse ecosystem.
The museum aims to create awareness about the environment underwater and the marine life. Divided into five sections, the museum gives you all the information pertaining to the Andaman islands.
Jaisalmer War Museum
Located at a distance of 10 km from the city of Jaisalmer on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur Highway is the Jaisalmer War Museum which has been set-up by the Indian Army to pay tribute to the sacrifice of soldiers and their bravery during the Indo-Pak War of 1965 and the battle of Longewala in 1971.
The museum also helps ones in tracing the evolution of the Indian Army. One would come across quite a number war trophies and vintage war equipments on display apart from tanks, military vehicles and guns.
Indian War Memorial Museum, New Delhi
One would come across some interesting facts about the battle of Panipat and a display of various traditional weapons, such as daggers, gupti, helmets and much more.
Apart from these the museum is also home to various medals, ribbons, flags and uniforms which belong to the army officers of Turkey and New Zealand.
Naval Aviation Museum, Goa
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Apart from parties and beaches there is another side of Goa, which is the abode of a captivating museum that captures the evolution of the Indian Navy.
The museum here is divided into two major parts - the first being an outdoor display and the second an indoor gallery. Inaugurated in the month of October in 1998, it is one of the two Military Aviation museums in the country and one of its kind in Asia.
Kursura Submarine Museum , Vishakapatnam
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The INS Kursura Submarine Museum gives one an opportunity to enter a real submarine. The museum gives you a quick walk through of the submarine, the compartments inside and how the mariners lived inside this mammoth machine.
Being the first of its kind in Asia, the museum was inaugurated in year 2002 and holds a special position as it still receives the honour of Dressing Ship from the Navy, which generally is awarded only to active ships.