India will celebrate its 71st Republic Day on 26 January, sale of Republic Day tickets have begun.
This year the chief guest for Republic Day celebrations is Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Bolsonaro on the sidelines of 11th BRICS Summit held in Brasilia to be the chief guest at the Republic Day in 2020.
This year the Ministry of Defence has selected 22 tableau out of 56 proposals for the Republic Day parade.
Location of ticket sales counters are as follows:
- North Block Roundabout
- Sena Bhavan (Gate no. 2)
- Pragati Maidan (Gate no. 1)
- Jantar Mantar (Main Gate)
- Jamnagar House (Opposite India Gate)
- Shastri Bhavan (Near Gate no. 3)
- Red Fort (inside August 15 park and opposite Jain Temple)
- Parliament House (Reception Office)
The tickets will be sold at the locations mentioned above from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. From 23rd January to 25th January 2020, one ticket counter at Sena Bhavan will remain open till 7 pm. On 23rd January 2020 all ticket counters will open only in the afternoon on account of full Dress Rehearsal. On 26th January 2020 all ticket counters will remain closed on account of Republic Day parade.
Beating Retreat tickets’ details
Apart from the Republic Day ceremony, tickets can also be purchased for the Beating Retreat (full dress rehearsal). The Beating Retreat takes place three days after Republic Day, that is, 29 January in which bands of Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy march with traditional tunes. For the Beating Retreat, the tickets can be purchased till January 28 – one day prior to the event. The ticket price for the same is Rs 20 and Rs 50.