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Where to buy tickets for Republic Day Parade and Beating the Retreat in New Delhi 2018

Planning to watch the live Republic Day parade and Beating the Retreat in New Delhi this year? Wondering how / where to buy the tickets for the same? Find below the details of sale of tickets for these National events.

Republic Day parade at New Delhi is the most awaited and the grandest event of the year which is worth watching. Almost all the TV channels across the country telecast the event live. You can even watch the parade live online at However, the thrill and enjoyment in watching the parade directly at the venue is beyond description.

In view of facilitating the public to witness and enjoy the parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on January 26 and also Beating the Retreat Ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, the Govt of India will announce the date and commence the sale of tickets for these two grand events.

As these events are ticketed ones, if you wish to watch the parade and Beating the Retreat directly at the venue, you need to have enough information about the sale of tickets and you need to buy these well in advance.

You can obtain front row VIP passes, if you happen to know any VIP in Delhi, other you need to buy tickets from the outlet.

Ticket price

The price of the tickets for the Republic Day parade 2018 is as follows:
  • Rs.350/- for online booking (For Indian citizens)
  • Rs.300/- for reserved seats for booking from ticket counters (For Indian citizens)
  • Rs.150/- for unreserved seats for all eligible ones.
  • Rs.50/- for students bookings for reserved seats both online and offline
  • Rs.10/- for students booking unreserved seats offline.
The price of tickets for Beating the Retreat (Full Dress Rehearsal) as on Jan 28' 2014 is as follows:
  • Rs.50/- and Rs.20/-. 
No reserved seats for this ceremonial event.

Outlets for sale of tickets

Tickets for the Republic Day parade 2017 and Beating the Retreat ceremony are on sale at various departmental and non-departmental sale counters that have been set up for the purpose in New Delhi.

Non-Department Ticket Sale Counters:
ITDC (Indian Tourism Development Corporation) Travel counters at (i) Connaught Place (CP), Janpath and (ii) Ashok Hotel at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi.

DTDC (Delhi Tourism Development Corporation) counters at (i) Coffee House, Baba Kharag Singh Marg (opp. Hanuman mandir), (ii) Dilli Haat (iii) Food & Craft bazaar (opp INA market).

Tickets at these counters will be sold only on working days.

Tickets are also sold at 9 Departmental Sales Counters on all days from 10 a.m to 5.30 p.m without lunch break. The sales counters are located at:
  • Pragati Maidan (Gate # 1), Bhairon Road
  • Red Fort near police picket
  • Shastri Bhavan (Gate # 1)
  • Roundabouts of North block & South block
  • Main gate of Jantar Mantar 
  • India Gate
  • Govt of India, Tourist Office at CP
  • 88 Janpat (closed on Sundays)
  • Parliament House, reception office (from 11 a.m to 4.00 p.m. Closed on Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays).
Buyers need to show / produce a valid photo identity proof at the time of purchasing ticket/s.

For online booking, visit the official website of Republic Day Parade at New Delhi. You need to enter the number of your photo ID card.

Important tips for attending the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi

  • Do not carry your mobile phones, cameras and any other electronic device as these are strictly not allowed.  
  • You should try to arrive at the venue as early as possible as the entire area gets too crowded and very congested when the VIPs start coming to this place. 
  • Please note that all the entrances will be closed before the National Anthem starts. 
  • And there will be a very strict security check as well. 
  • You need not spend extra money for getting the reserved tickets as you will get a much better spot or place near the stage and car parking. 
  • On this day the morning weather in New Delhi would be mostly chilly and foggy, so get enough of woolen garments or a leather jacket and a cap.