The customary Beating of Retreat ceremony is hosted each year to mark the end of Indian Republic Day.

Travellers taking flights to Delhi in order to attend the city’s Republic Day festival should make sure they attend the Beating of Retreat ceremony.

The ancient war custom of ceasing fire after sunset is brought to life again at the end of the three day long festivities on January 29th each year in the city at the parade.

Members of the armed forces take part in the ceremonies at Vijay Chowk, which begin each year at 16:30 local time and finish at 18:30.

A bugle sounds at exactly 18:00 and the parading soldiers will stop still before retreating slowly.

When they have all left, a stunning light display begins, with the Rashtrapati Bhavan and surrounding buildings illuminated.

People taking flights to Delhi to see the Republic Day events should arrive before January 26th, as the first day of the celebrations is marked by a huge parade featuring members of the military and schoolchildren in traditional dress.

Written by Ruth Norris

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