Rajpath – Republic Day Rehearsals

I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong – Mahatma Gandhi

As i walked out of the Central Secretariat metro station towards the Rajpath, which is the venue of the 67th Republic Day parade , there was a huge crowd gathered, eager to watch the Republic Day parade Rehearsals, amid tight security. The French President Francois Hollande is attending as the chief guest this year.

Rajpath is the ceremonial boulevard, that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to National Stadium, Delhi. The avenue is lined on both sides by huge lawns, canals and rows of trees and is a hangout space for many citizens in the evenings.

India’s Border Security Force (BSF) “Daredevils” motorcycle riders

‘Dare Devils’- the motorcycle display team of Corps of Signals will be a major attraction of the parade this year

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Human Pyramid Formation

Indian Air Force (IAF) is an integral part of the Armed Forces contingents during the Parade every year

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Su – 30 MKI
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MI 35 Helicopter

 

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C-130J Super Hercules

Combat planes in the shape of an ‘arrowhead’

 

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MIG 29

‘Trishul’ formation by three Su-30 MKI

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Trishul Formation

Armed personnel keeping a tight vigil around the area

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NSG Commando

The President’s Bodyguard (PBG), which is oldest surviving mounted and senior-most in the order of precedence of the units of the Indian Army. The personnel are handpicked all of them at  least 6 feet tall. Its role is to escort and protect the President of India. President Mukherjee will arrive, escorted by 46 bodyguards.

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Horse mounted columns of 61st Cavalry

Army Tanks

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T-90 Bhishma
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Multi Barell Rocket Launcher

Vijay Chowk is a spacious plaza and the site of Beating the Retreat ceremony, which takes place on 29 January each year, which marks the end of Republic Day celebrations, in which Military Bands, Pipes and Drums Bands, Buglers and Trumpeters from various Army Regiments besides bands of the Navy and Air Force take part, with the President of India as the Chief Guest and Prime Minister

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Vijay Chowk

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At the other end of the Rajpath road is the Raisina Hill

The Parliament House

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Raisina i.e. Rao Simha was the title of Jagirdar Kalda Rao (descendent of Maharaja Karna Singh of Alwar) consisting of Delhi city and its surrounding areas in late 1600’s to mid 1700’s. Delhi city was called Raisina during this period. Only Raisina Hill, Raisina road remain today

Raisina Hill, the power seat of the worlds largest Democratic country housing India’s most important government buildings, including Rashtrapati Bhavan,  and the Secretariat building housing the Prime Minister’s Office and several other important ministries. It is surrounded by Parliament of India, Rajpath and India Gate.

After a thorough security check, you can enter inside the secretariat area. Photography is permitted inside the complex, however you are advised not to click the people

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North Block and South Block, also called the Secretariat Building. North Block houses the offices of Finance and Home ministries. South Block hosts External affairs and Defense ministries. Other important offices like some of the Prime Ministers Offices are also in the Secretariat Buildings.

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North Block

 

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South Block

The Rashtrapathi Bhavan

The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. It was the Viceroy’s residence before India got its independence from Britain.

The mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the President’s official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices . It is a 320 acre President Estate that includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens)

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