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Where to buy 2020 India Republic Day parade and beating the retreat ceremony tickets

Do you wish to attend the 2020 Republic Day parade in Delhi? This article provides information on the venues where the 2020 Republic Day India parade tickets are likely to be sold, as also the dates and venue of the Beating the Retreat Ceremony.

Importance and Significance of the Republic Day India

As a citizen of India you will be aware that India was at one time under the rule of the British. We gained our independence on August 15th, 1947. The official implementation of that freedom, though, was on January 26th 1950. This was the date when the Constitution of India came into effect. The Constitution of India made India a sovereign, secular, and democratic country, thus becoming totally severed as a colony of Britain. On this very day, the first President of a free India was sworn in, namely Dr. Rajendra Prasad. After taking the oath as the President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad hoisted the National Flag of independent India at Irwin Stadium, New Delhi. In subsequent years & continuing today, the national flag is hoisted on January 26th. It is then followed by a grand parade.

2015 Republic Day India Celebrations Banner
[Banner image source: http://republicday.nic.in/]

Today there is a shallow ring to the words 'Republic Day'. Everybody just regards it as a holiday. We must be made aware that what the Republic Day means is that we can cast a vote to elect a Government at the center.

Republic Day India Parade New Delhi Highlights

New Delhi being the capital city of India is the host of the country's largest, most spectacular parade. Of course, many capital cities of various States in India have their own parade too on January 26th, but nothing as grand as the one in Delhi. This parade takes place at Rajpath on the long expanse of the road at India Gate. Before the parade begins, it is customary for the current President of India to place a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at India Gate. After a 21-gun salute, the tricolour is hoisted.

The President first gives a speech on the previous day. Awards for unusual acts of bravery are awarded to Indian citizens, including civilians. These winners are part of the parade too and they proudly sit in an open jeep. The young children who win gallantry awards ride on elephants. The various regimental units of the Indian Armed Forces, National Cadet Corps, police units, etc then march past the President in their smart kits. This is followed by a number of colourful floats of each State. On the floats is a depiction of some aspects of the State's culture. One of the best moments of the parade is the display of stunning stunts on motorcycles by personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) display. The even more stunning finale is worth waiting for: the pilots of India's Air Force make aerial manoeuvres in the sky that has the crowd gasping, with the colours of the national flag strewn across the sky.

Each year, too, there is a special guest at the Republic Day parade. This guest is generally the Head of, or an eminent dignitary from, a foreign country. This year Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been invited to be the Chief Guests at the 2020 Republic Day India celebrations.

2020 Republic Day India Parade ticket venues

The tickets for the Republic Day Parade will be available at:
  • North Block round-about
  • Sena Bhavan (Gate no.2)
  • Pragati Maidan (at Bhairon Road Gate No.1)
  • Jantar Mantar (at the Main Gate entrance)
  • Red Fort (inside August 15 Park and Jain temple)
  • Shastri Bhawan (near Gate No. 3)
  • Jamnagar House (opp. India Gate)
  • Parliament House (Reception Office) - Special counter for MPs

(i) 7th January to 25th January 2020.
Time: Forenoon - 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs; Afternoon - 1400 hrs to 1630 hrs.
(ii) On 27th January up to 28th January 2020.
Time: 1000 hrs to 1630 Hrs.

Note: From 23rd to 25th January 2020, four ticket counters at Sena Bhawan, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, and Shastri Bhawan will remain open until 1900 hrs. On 23rd January 2020, all the ticket counters will open only in the afternoon on account of Full Dress Rehearsal Day. On 26th January 2020, all ticket counters will remain closed on account of the Republic Day Parade. On 28th January 2020, all ticket counters will close by 1500 hrs due to the commencement of Beating Retreat (Rehearsal).

Price of the tickets

This is to be confirmed when the Govt. releases the official notification, but likely price -
  1. For the Republic Day parade: Rs. 500/-, Rs. 100/- and Rs. 200/-.
  2. For Beating Retreat (Full Dress Rehearsal): Rs. 50/- and Rs. 20/-.

Important Note: For security reasons, you need to show photo ID proof when purchasing the tickets. Accepted IDs: Aadhar Card, Voter Card or Identity Cards issued by the Government of India or a State Government only. PAN cards are generally not accepted. Payment for tickets will also be accepted by Credit/Debit Cards.

Beating the Retreat Ceremony New Delhi Highlights

The Beating the Retreat Ceremony is showcased generally 3 days after the Republic Day parade. This unique ceremony led by a Band Master is known as 'Beating the Retreat' because it marks the culmination of the Republic Day of India celebrations. Music is the centre of this beautiful ceremony, the perfect rhythm coordination emanating from the variety of musical instruments of the bands from the Army, Navy and Airforce. At the very end, only the musicians performing on the drums come together to create the famous "Drummer's Call". Then the bugles are sounded – it is timed to be at 6 PM. – to indicate the end of the Beating the Retreat ceremony. After the Band Master marches up to the President of India to make a formal indication to lead back the band units, the bands make an about turn and retreat. During this march-back retreat, they perform the stirring song Saare Jahan Se Achcha. Everybody then stands at attention to sing the National Anthem. The national flag is lowered from the flagpole, marking the final of the Republic of India celebrations.

Date of 2020 Republic Day Beating the Retreat event: January 29th, 2020.

The venue of 2020 Republic Day Beating the Retreat event: Vijay Chowk, New Delhi, India

Price of tickets: Refer to details above under the heading of ticket prices.

Where to buy 2020 Republic Day India Beating the Retreat Band Ceremony

The tickets for the ceremony will be available to the public in mid-January 2020. The ticket venues' list has not yet been officially released. It may be the same venues as the main parade tickets. Check back here in this article for updates.

Price of the tickets for 2020 Beating the Retreat (tentative): The ticket prices have not been officially announced yet, but will likely be Rs 50/- and Rs.20/-. Note that there are generally no reserved seats for the general public. Invitations and admit cards are issued by the Ministry of Defence, though, to certain Officers of the Armed Forces.

In case you are unable to attend the parade or the Beating the Retreat ceremony, not to worry! You can watch the live online telecast of the 2020 Republic Day India parade at http://republicday.nic.in/. Doordarshan (DD) and other channels will also be broadcasting the celebrations live on air.

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Author: Bhakti Savla02 Jan 2014 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Thanks to the author for sharing useful details about the Republic Day parade for 2014. I have always watched the Indian Republic Day parade in Delhi on TV and never knew about the details for purchasing tickets to watch the Republic Day parade LIVE. The cheap prices of the tickets will enable lot of enthusiastic Indians to watch this parade LIVE.

With General Elections round the corner, there is a huge wave of patriotism running across the country. This shall ensure a great demand for 2014 Republic Day parade tickets.

Author: Pranita03 Jan 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

A very good informative article by the author. We never expected that the cost of the tickets would be at such a cheap rate. Though we very often go to Delhi, never made an attempt to witness the wonderful event. Instead, we preferred to see it on live before TVs even when we happened to be at Delhi during Jan.,2010.

The event is worth seeing and the efforts of country's Defence forces could be weighed at a glance. The cultural events produced by various states would be good to watch.

Author: Venkat Satish Mamidisetti30 Jan 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 6

The republic day celebrations are really wonderful and a spectacular event which no one who has a patriotic heart wishes to miss. Though many of us watch this even live on television, but we all must admit the fact that there is a wish deeply buried in your heart to watch attend the event in person and watch it in live. This is because the event is really the most spectacular event representing patriotism by flaunting our strength of army, air and navel forces. The most admiring act occur when the floats bearing latest jet aircraft fighters, tankers and missiles like Agni, Prudhvi, Bhromos, Nag pridly arrives towards the event.

It is highly disappointing news that government of India is not showing interest in inviting patriots from all over country for this republic day event. In my view our government must issue a public invitation notice in media to invite patriots from all over country and also increased number of trains must be run by government from every state capital.

The government must also take care and ensure that the event tickets are available at all major railway stations in the country and also for the facility of patriots who are traveling for the republic day event by special trains, concessional ticket must be issued if the passengers are traveling along with government issued republic day event tickets. In this way the government can take the above said measures to ensure to increase patriotism in the country.

Guest Author: Raj Kiran Ram14 Dec 2014

Is there any procedure to buy or book ticket online?

Guest Author: mukund vaze09 Jan 2015

Where the online tickets available? could u please inform?

Guest Author: sanket sharma12 Jan 2015

the online booking of tickets are available if yes then what is the link?

Guest Author: Pankaj24 Jan 2015

Me and my family come to India gate to see parade on the date.

Author: Vandana24 Jan 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

There is no provision for online booking of tickets. You need to buy them at the outlets mentioned in this article.

Guest Author: raj kumar gupta27 Jan 2015

Thanks to the author for sharing useful details about the Republic Day parade for 2015. I have always watched the Indian Republic Day parade in Delhi on TV and never knew about the details for purchasing tickets to watch the Republic Day parade LIVE. The cheap prices of the tickets will enable lot of enthusiastic Indians to watch this parade LIVE. as well as Beating the Retreat Ceremony. i want to by ticket for Beating the Retreat today it is available.

Author: Partha K.30 Dec 2015 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0

A good and informative article which has been updated at appropriate time. This up-dation will benefit many people who are interested to watch the Republic Day parade and Beating Retreat parade, live. However, I would like to know whether the tickets for these parades are available online, or not. This bit of information would benefit many people living outside Delhi (who may like to come and watch live parade provided tickets are available online).

Author: Sharmistha Panda31 Dec 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

The author has given information that would benefit many. I have always watched the Republic Day Parade on TV only. But with this piece of information, I am now curious to drive down and get my tickets for the parade. I would also like to know as to how early should one be seated for the parade taking security formalities into consideration.

Author: Juana08 Jan 2018 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 8

Informative article - both events are beautiful and one must watch them live, at least once in one's lifetime. I consider myself privileged to have watched the Republic Day and Beating the Retreat, live, on a number of occasions. Beating the Retreat is a more intimate event because the entire programme happens in a confined space, though in the open-air, with the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hills as a backdrop.

As far as I have been made to understand, rather than it just being the culmination of the Republic Day celebrations, the Beating the Retreat ceremony signifies the Military, retreating back to its barracks. The Military displays its power on the streets and during the ceremony, the permission of the President (the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces) is sought, to retreat to the barracks.

Beating the Retreat always happens on the 29th - the date cannot be 'tentative'.

There is no speech made by the President of India, on Republic Day, definitely not from the dais on Rajpath. It is customary for the President of India to address the nation on the eve of the Republic Day, which is 25th January. The President's address is always telecast live on the National Television Network and also aired on Akashvani.

Author: Natarajan09 Jan 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Relevant information about the Republic Day and Beating the Retreat ceremony. From the images that I've seen on the TV telecast in the past, it may be better to arrive early to get a better view place. It would be cold in the mornings and the evenings. Security would be tight, not sure whether mobiles/cameras would be allowed or not. There would also be public transport disruptions. Would there be food and water arrangements?

Author: Vandana20 Jan 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

The article has been updated about where to buy the tickets, the timings when available & prices for both, the parade and the beating the retreat ceremony.

The author thanks Juana for pointing out the correction of the President delivering the speech on the previous day.

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