Yet again the entire nation is fervently waiting for unveiling its pride moment, the 68th Republic Day of India. Every year on January 26 we celebrate this prestigious day with great honour. On this particular day the nation pays its highest tribute to the Constitution of India, which came into existence on the same day for the first time in 1950. January 26 is a national holiday in India when the nation salutes all the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for their motherland.
As the sun rises, the nation signals the official onset of Indian Republic Day with fluttering tricolour and cultural events all over. From early morning, people start tuning the National TV channels for watching the live parade show, which is followed by various captivating tableau representing different states of India. The true spirit of national event starts its journey after the prime minister of India pays tribute to the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by offering the garland. The event takes our nation to a new feat of patriotism when the military starts exhibiting various powerhouse weapons followed by our national anthem and parade. Moreover, the spacious pathway of Janpath turns to a complete spirit of nationalism when the military salute is taken by the President of India. Every year on 26 January, a foreign head of the state is invited as the chief guest. The presence of such esteemed guest makes this event more significant in all aspect. In 2017 , Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi- Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is going to be the chief guest on the auspicious eve of Republic Day in India.
Towards the end of this national showcase, helicopters and fighter aircrafts perform some extraordinary acts and shower colourful petals over the audience. That moment, the entire ambience at Janpath turns to a national landscape, emerging out the true spirit of nationalism from every Indian.
Key attractions of Republic Day 2017
The historic tale of Republic Day cannot be completed without highlighting the synchronised Parade show in Delhi. Like every year, this year also the spacious Rajpath is going to grab the attention of huge audience to a large extent.
The pathways will be decorated with potted plants of captivating date palm. The prime purpose behind this initiative is to welcome the chief guest from UAE. Date palm is the national fruit of UAE, which is cultivated there at a large volume throughout the year. So, this will certainly add more value to our generosity.
It is also reported that a team of around 140 NSG commandos will be exhibiting their exceptional expertise at Rajpath.
There will be some more surprising acts as well, which will feature India’s counter terror force, to be performed by the NSG commandos on January 26.
A bullet proof anti hijacking vehicle called ‘Sherpa’ is going to be the key attraction on the 68th Republic Day of India. This is an armoured anti hijacking vehicle, which is competent of powerful explosions. Furthermore, this anti hijacking vehicle is also capable of performing under the water.
The celebration doesn’t stop with the showering petals at Rajpath. On the contrary, in and around you will come across many such cultural events that will goosebump your presence. Various government and private offices also pay tribute to the nation on 26th January by organising different events followed by national anthem, flag hoisting and march-past. Additionally, on Republic Day, many sports authorities and clubs join hands by organising different sports tournaments, bike rally, music performances, dance shows, fancy-dress competition and other exciting activities. The celebration not only confined to sports and cultural activities. Being the symbol of true patriotism and independent nation, on 26th January, the highest gallantry and national awards are also distributed to many soldiers, deserving civilian and students.
Keeping in mind a huge footfall and national threat on Republic Day, special safety and security measures are also taken care by the government of Indian. Thus, despite of being a national holiday, you will still find the whole nation with full of activity on January 26.
The Reason behind the Celebration
Being a secular country, we come across people with different religions, languages and cultures in India. After going through a painful phase of the British rule, on August 15, 1947, India became officially an independent nation. At that time, India did not have any permanent constitution. It further took almost three long years to bring the first Constitution of India into practice on 26th January in 1950. This is the day when India was affirmed as a Purna Swaraj country. Consequently, the practice of Republic Day celebration came into a regular effect all over the country. On this auspicious day, we get united, greet each other and take part in various cultural events.
Be a part of this proud moment
For many Indians, to be a part of this live event still sounds like a dream. Many of us have grownup watching the Republic Day celebration on our Television screen. Even today, we still feel like to experience the show by sharing the front row seat amidst a huge number of spectators. It feels great to view a national frame, which is captured with the blend of theme-based tableau and live parade show by well-dressed soldiers in a synchronised manner. To be a part of such proud moment is all together a great feeling. So, if you want to be one amongst those proud spectators, step ahead and grab the much awaited tickets for this great event.
Republic Day Tickets
If you are recommended by any competent representatives or government officials, you can obtain the front row passes, which are specifically meant for VIPs. However, for commoners, the tickets can either be purchased online or from certain limited departmental counters or non-departmental outlets. The following are various counters from where you can purchase the ticket:
- Pragati Maidan (Gate No. 1, Bhairon Road)
- Jantar Mantar (Main Gate),
- Shastri Bhawan (near Gate No. 1)
- India Gate (near Jamnagar House)
- Red Fort (near police picket)
- Parliament House Reception Office (11 AM to 4PM on working days, Saturday/Sunday/Holiday closed).
- India Tourism Development Corporation (IDTC) Travel Counters at Ashok and Janpath Hotels (weekdays)
- Government of India – Tourist Office at Connaught Place in New Delhi
- Parliament House at the Reception office Gate
- DTDC Counter: Coffee Home, Baba Kharak Singh MG, Opposite Hanuman Mandir, New Delhi
- DTDC Counter: Dilli Haat
- DTDC Counter: Food and Craft Bazaar, Near INA Market, New Delhi
Every year, the Republic Day Parade tickets are available for sale from January 13 to January 25. The fare for reserved seats is INR 500. On the other hand, for unreserved seats the tickets are available for INR 50, INR 100 and INR 200.
The Republic Day Parade is followed by a Beating Retreat Ceremony, which is held on 29th January afternoon. This ceremony is featured by various performances from the wings of Navy, Army and Air Force. A day before the Retreat Ceremony i.e. on 28th January, a full dress rehearsal of this act is also performed. If you want to be a part of this act, you can avail the unreserved tickets for INR 20 and INR 50.
How to Reach the Venue
Since Republic Day is a prestigious national festive, so reaching the venue on 26th January is quite troublesome. On that day, the services of Delhi Metro get partially curtailed. Moreover, due to high security affair throughout the city, buses and private vehicles are also restricted in many areas in the city. Therefore, in such scenarios, visitors can take an auto or hire a cab or drive their own car to reach till some of the nearby accessible locations like Udyog Bhawan, Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Race Course, Mandi House and Pragati Maidan and Barakhamba Road. All these locations are within merely 3Kms reach from Rajpath. Once you reach up to a certain permissible area, you need to cross the remaining distance by walk.
Note: Unreserved tickets are provided on first come basis. Hence, if you have an unreserved ticket with you, make sure you reach the venue well-before the stipulated time. This will help you to get the best position and view of the entire show. While buying the tickets, visitors will be required to provide some valid documents like Voter ID Card, identity card, Aadhaar Card, Passport, PAN Card, Driving License etc. Carrying electronic devices like phone and cameras are strictly prohibited. While parking your car, don’t forget to affix the parking sticker on your vehicles. In addition, carrying water, food or any kind of container is not allowed at the venue.
So, this 26th January, be a live spectator of Republic Day Parade and share your pride moments with your buddies. This is altogether a great experience that every Indian should have at least once.