A happy new year has lots in its hand to shower on the people. With the arrival of New Year 2019, here comes the 70th Republic Day to offer a weekend celebration with pride. Let’s have a look towards the important things and places to plan your weekend fabulously. So, reserve your train tickets and plan ahead to get mesmerized with the breath-holding National Festival – Republic Day 2019 at New Delhi.
Train-Connectivity: Delhi is National Capital of India. Trains run here from all the corner of the country. So, it doesn’t matter from where do you belong to, there is always thousands of trains running to New Delhi each day. RailMitra provides accurate and real-time information regarding train running status, train Schedule, live status of your train, PNR status and other detailed information regarding trains. You can also order a healthy and fresh platter of food in train with great discounts available at RailMitra. The food is delivered right at your seat on the station selected by you.
Nearest Metro connectivity to Rajpath:
From New Delhi railway station: It takes almost 8 to 10 minutes reaching to Janpath (violet line metro route) from New Delhi. Take a yellow line metro from New Delhi metro station at platform number 1 and drop at Central Secretariat. Now take violet line metro from platform number 4 and get down on next station at Janpath. Same follows if you catch a metro from Rajiv Chowk metro station (CP). You can also reach to Janpath by means of private taxis available at almost every railways and metro station. If arriving by airport metro, get down at Shivaji stadium metro station to reach Janpath.
So, plan this weekend at Delhi and let’s have fun with pride on this Republic day. Though Republic day function gets live telecast by Door-Darshan but here are the things you might miss on television and this is something thrilling, exciting and mesmerizing to see by being physically present. Let’s start the planning with ticket/ pass booking to be part of this marvelous national event.
Ensure tickets booking:
Passes or tickets are not going to cost you much. For reserved seats which are close to the stage, you need to spend Rs.500 per head. If you are going to opt for back unreserved seats you will have to spend Rs.100 to Rs.120 per head to be part of this Hon’ble ceremony. Tickets are available at departmental sales counter at different locations. You can avail tickets easily from these well-known places such as Parliament house reception office, Red Fort opposite Jain temple, Jantar Mantar, or Pragati Maidan gate number 1. Please keep a valid I’d card to purchase your ticket. For the reserved seat, only one ticket can be purchased per I’d card.
Rajpath: Where the Parade takes place
In 1911 when the British Government decided to move the capital of India from Calcutta (Kolkata) to Delhi, they approached Sir Edwin Lutyens. He designed a boulevard (A long and wide road) to have a panoramic sight of the city from a vice-regal palace, thus the existence of Rajpath appeared on the screen. At that time the path was known as King’s way as this road was surrounded by eminent buildings. Later after independence, the road name changed into “Rajpath”.
What to see on 26th January Republic Day ceremony at Rajpath:
The Republic Day is a festival of sovereignty, integrity and pride. Once you come to the Rajpath on Republic Day the feeling of patriotism and nationality infuses in your blood. Sound of boots of the armed soldiers’ and well-practiced bands vibrates directly in your heart and fill it up with pride and thrill.
Flag-Hoisting: The national Festival of Republic day ceremony starts by hoisting our tricolor flag and followed by speech and parade. The President of the country hoists the flag and this year too, Hon’ble President of India Ram Nath Kovind would be hoisting our national flag.
March past: Almost 25 armed forces contingents roaring on the Rajpath dressed in their respective uniforms would fill your heart with spirit and joy. The call of the duty and their passion to sacrifice their life would definitely ask you to salute them once.
The sound you miss on the television: The real voice!!! What else could match to the level of experience of such a prideful moment than being present physically? The sound of boots when the armed forces walk by, cheering up for your country, the voice of excitement and joy, thrilling and heart beating helicopters showering the flowers is all about to make you feel proud, rejoice and to cherish the moment.
Stunts by Saviors of our Country: You will hold your breath for a moment when the BSF adventures show their command on the earth and gravity forces and go beyond your imagination stunting on their motorbikes. This is really something worth watching there at national fest. From last year, BSF women Dare-Devils were also part of this fascinating display of bike stunts.
Kids Bravery Award: An attraction for the children and grownups!! Every year some of the brave children are chosen to receive an award from the president on showcasing the extraordinary brave for public welfare or during the time of disaster. This is not only inspiring for the children watching at them but also encouraging them for doing well.
The camel show: Jaisalmer camel-mounted BSF contingent is not only enjoyable enough to see but holds a pride to say “single camel-mounted band” which has been registered in Guinness book of world’s record. Almost 100 camels are prepared for the camel show every year. Don’t miss this fascinating sight this year.
Tableaus (Jhanki): Very oblivious scheduled Tableaus which defines “unity in diversity”. You will be witnessing the different Jhankis of different states in this segment. Showcasing the scene of our strong culture, security, weapons, and other delights is a visual treat to your eyes. Take your children and let them learn about the diversity of our country.
Air-Show: Air-show displays all the wings of our Indian forces working day and night to ensure the security and peace of our country. This will again fill you up with pride. But what asks you to hold your heart is the air show displayed by our mighty Indian air force. Join this festival and get ready to fill your weekend with pride, honor, and spirit.
Things to keep Mind:
- You will have to walk by a long distance from the parking area to the audience area, so keep a trolley for your little one.
- Don’t take electronic gadgets with you at the ceremony, as they are not allowed.
- Avoid any type of eatables, drinks or water bottles as they are strictly prohibited. So, hydrate yourself with water and have heavy breakfast before heading to function.
- If traveling in group, fix up a meeting point in case you all get separated.
- Check your ticket passes and keep it with you along with your government identification card.
- Don’t take patient or infants to the ceremony as it is a loud ceremony with great sound of bands, armed forces march past, and helicopter roaring at the event.
- You are going to be part of the national crowd, so enjoy each and every performance.
So plan your weekend schedule and pack your bags to move to Delhi. To enjoy your journey and make it healthier and tasty, order food in train and enjoy the weekend in a festive mood. Don’t forget to have Jalebis- the national sweet of India, on this auspicious day. RailMitra wishes you happy and delightful journey to Delhi and a very Happy Republic Day 2019 .
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