History, Culture & People.
Ever heard of Lieutenant Archibald Blair of East India Company?
You may answer no.
Ever heard of Port Blair?
You give a quick nod and immediately relate the two names.
You are right! The beautiful serene island of Port Blair, one of its kinds that preserves an historical epic to share, is a very important landmark in Andaman and Nicobar. The history of the islands move back to 1789, when there was a penal colony established by Government of Bengal on the Southeast bay of Greater Andaman islands. However, the colony shifted to the northeast bay in 2 years duration. A lot of rebellion from countrymen delayed British plan of renovating Port Blair, which finally started in 1857. It was then that the place became notorious of its convictions on Indian prisoners, who either died of diseases or the starvation, which salty swamps of the island had in abundance.
The Cellular Jail or ‘Kaala Paani’ built in between 1896 and 1906 still reminds us of the conditions which existed there a century and a half ago. The time blessed India with freedom and the significance of the beautiful islands was soon recognized. It is no more a British colony, but the mark of Indian struggle that defines patriotism. ‘Veer Savarkar International Airport’, the only international airport in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is named after Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, an Indian patriot.
Know The Place:
1. Climate in Port Blair:
The islands are very humid and can be characterized by the topical monsoon climate, which hardly varies throughout the year. Most of the year sees heavy rainfall except for January, February and March, when the rainfall is slight or negligible.
2. Population & Literacy:
You get to meet the locals of Port Blair as the highly literate crowd. The literacy rate of the islands is about 90%, which is approx. 10% higher than the national literacy rate. The population is close to 100,000 people.
3. Specialities of the land:
Surprise yourself with the corals which dazzle you with immense beauty and varying colours. Hold on to your temptation when you spot a swimming elephant in the crystal clear lagoons of the islands. Experience getting lost and finding the way out through the dense tropical rainforests, which feature this spectacular place in a very unique way. The nature plays its best role here, which is second to nothing.
4. The Attire:
There is an amalgamation of tribal and modern cultures in Port Blair. The multiple connects with all the modern countries have gifted this place its ultra-sophisticated shopping malls and the stylish dresses which signify the future. However, there are some remote areas which are far from the modernism. Here, the tribes do not know ‘clothes’ yet. They live the early man-age with bark and shells ornaments and coconut leaves to adore themselves.
The two facets of Port Blair exhibit modern and rural cultures vividly, but the uniqueness lies in the peaceful co-existence of the two. Visit the islands for the striking memories which are preserved untamed of time.