There are a couple of ways to get tickets to the Parade. Front row passes can be obtained from senior government officials and VIPs in Delhi, if you happen to know any. Otherwise, you'll have to buy your tickets.
Tickets for the India Republic Day Parade are on sale from January 13 to January 25 every year, from the following outlets:
Republic Day Parade Ticket Outlets
- Departmental Sale Counters at North Block roundabout, South Block roundabout, Pragati Maidan (Gate No. 1, Bhairon Road), Jantar Mantar (Main Gate), Shastri Bhawan (near Gate No. 1), India Gate (near Jamnagar House), Red Fort (near police picket). (10 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. daily).
- Parliament House Reception Office. (11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday/Sunday/Holiday closed).
- Government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath. (Closed Sunday).
- India Tourism Development Corporation (IDTC) Travel Counters at Ashok and Janpath Hotels. (Working days only).
- Delhi Tourism Development Corporation (DTDC) Counters at Coffee Home, Baba Kharag Singh Marg and Food and Craft Bazar, Dilli Haat, opposite INA Market and Shri Gandhi Ashram, Chandni Chowk. (Working days only).
Note: Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card or government-issued identity card must be presented in order to purchase tickets.
The Republic Day Parade is followed up by a Beating of the Retreat Ceremony in the afternoon on January 29 each year. It symbolizes retreat after a day on the battlefield and features performances by bands of the three wings of the Indian military -- the Army, Navy and Air Force. Tickets are also available for the full dress rehearsal of this event at the above outlets.
2018 Ticket Prices
- Republic Day Parade -- 500 rupees for reserved seats. 200 rupees, 100 rupees and 50 rupees for unreserved seats. Reserved seats are located closer to the main stage where all the action takes place. Unreserved seating is provided on a first-come basis. If you have unreserved tickets, make sure you arrive at the venue early to get the best position.
- Beating Retreat Ceremony (Full Dress Rehearsal on January 28) -- 50 rupees and 20 rupees. All seats are unreserved.
Tips for Buying Tickets
Only a certain number of tickets are available for sale at each location on each day. Therefore, if you want to get reserved tickets, it's best to arrive as early as possible before the tickets sell out. Demand for reserved tickets is high, and they are often all sold before noon.
Phone Shri Gurdeep Singh, Officer on Special Duty (Sale of Tickets & Printing), on (011) 2301-1204.