On any given Republic Day in Delhi, the day starts with watching the parade on t.v or cheering out your soul at the Rajpath Rd. Anywhere you may be, you're always left with the dilemma of how to spend the rest of such a day. But not anymore, as we'll walk you through a comprehensive plan for the day, that's all things inclusive and exhaustive of much more fun you can have in the city apart from staying put in your home.
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So without much ado, let's get to what all await for you in Delhi after the republic day parade.
Hoist A Flag In Your Locality
Going to the parade grounds or not, the republic day calls for a salute to our flag. One of the foremost things to do apart from witnessing this parade is hoisting a tricolour flag. In your locality, at your school, or simply at your terrace, the least you can do for a great start to this occasion is nothing but hoisting a flag, and paying respect to those who stand to guard it day and night. A minute's silence, in commemoration to those who've sacrificed everything wouldn't cost much anything but would induce a greater sense of patriotism within you.
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Walk Out That Conversation Within
Upon witnessing the prowess of our democratic wealth and the strength of our armed forces, we often have so many questions, concerns and doubts that we need to discuss and converse with others. So go out and take a walk with yourself, or someone you feel is worthier of being ears to the storm of thoughts you have within. And if you are at the venue, then it's more probable that you will have to take a long walk before you reach your vehicles. Plenty of reason to think, introspect and redefine your thoughts. So don't shy away, just walk out that conversation within.
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Explore The Heritage Of Delhi
When on a day like this, one can always soak in any amount of historical magnificence that you throw around. And a heritage walk is something that would work wonders for you. So go out on a mission to explore Delhi's rich culture and history. Scavenge the pieces of history speckled around the city and slowly you'll be able to connect with the time gone by and which is one of the many things worthy of an occasion like the Republic Day.
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Gorge Upon Purani Dilli Ke Pakwaan
Once you're in the vicinity of our historic past, you are just a step away from the gastronomically alive traditions of that time in Purani Dilli. Tired of exploring so many truths of our existence, you would be famished and up for a great deal of deliciousness in one of the congested alleys of this old downtown. Try some of the spicy, tangy indulgences available at the chaat corners or munch in those piping hot deep-fried paranthas, and then head out for those sweet surprises like Jalebis and Randi, just about every bite would bring out a huge smile on your face, that's guaranteed.
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Heads Or Tales For A Cricket Match With Your Friends? I'd Say Sharat Manjoor - The Lagaan Way!
Because Cricket is not a game, it's a national religion. And who would say no to the reason for a cricket match? I wouldn't! The day is yours and not a single one of your friends can make excuses for being stuck at work, so why not call them all and gather up for a match today. It's going to be so much fun after so long that you've held a bat and ran across the wickets for a score.
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Get Selfied Connaught Place
Do you always think of getting clicked with our huge flag just about every once you enter CP? Well, if it kicks in from within, you are truly an Indian. Undoubtedly, we take so much pride in the fact that we belong to such a great nation and this happiness is unusually higher on occasions like the Republic Day. And one of the best things to do on such a day is going to the central park in CP for a perfect tricoloured backdrop for your Republic Day Insta selfies. Tag your friends, family or those whom you wish to remind of the occasion, it's one of the many bucket list things to do on Republic Day in Delhi. It's a huge flag that makes for an inspiring sight every once you look at it.
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Get Your Senses Wrapped In Tricolour At Dilli-Haat
As usually, the most vibrant colours of Republic day will be unveiled at the INA Delhi Haat this year as well. And to be one with those elements of patriotism is surely what will make your republic day celebrations more memorable. For when you're done exploring the cultural and national treasures of Delhi, it will be time that you indulge in some of the modern faces of Indian festivities. With themes and concerts being held on this occasion, there's not a single dull or drab moment at the INA Delhi Haat on Republic Day 2020. So make sure that this place is on your list if you're thinking to head out for some unique experiences that include shopping, music, sights that you would seal away in your mind and food that you won't mind coming back to.
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Play Patriotic Songs On Loop
We all have memories of those patriotic songs which carved our childhood towards a nationalist note. Tunes by A. R. Rahman, from those movies that we cannot but watch every single once we get a chance to and those numbers which always connects us within a common religion - being an Indian. So today, just play those numbers on loop and sit back or go on a long drive, reliving and rekindling those moments in our mind. Be that child once again who got excited on the thought of 26th January for it felt like a festival for the entire nation. And these songs and tunes would pave the way across for you.
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Raisina Hill Becomes The Most Picturesque View In Delhi
After the Republic Day's ritualistic parade, the entire complex nearby is decorated with lights and patterns, making it a perfect backdrop for those Insta-pics you would need. Come here for a walk and you'll be left mesmerized with the colonial charm coupled with beautiful lights that make it all shine out loud in the night. Many say that getting to the Raisina Hill is equally a must-do thing as witnessing the parade is. So after you've done everything and been everywhere, just complete the day with this and make it a memorable evening for your loved ones.
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Back At Home? Don't Netflix & Chill! Watch Republic Day Movies On T.V.
By the time you're done doing all this, it'll be time for some homely comfort. After having to walk across the entire city and after you are done exploring your patriotic side today, there's just one perfect end to the day - Stealing the fuse conductors and saving the nation from a missile attack in movies like Tiranga & evoking a revolution within, for so did DJ in Rang De Basanti. A ritual enough for an occasion like the republic day, watching movies like Border, Tiranga, Krantiveer and Rang De Basanti would surely make for a perfect end to such a day, so don't miss out on this.
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So when you get back home, don't just nap away, but continue with the fun and watch some of the Republic Day specials on Netflix. Because come tomorrow, the same old grind would begin.
Q. Will there be a lot of traffic congestion throughout the city on Republic Day? And hence should we keep waiting at home to avoid such things?
A. There will be some traffic restrictions in some parts of the city due to the Parade, but alternative routes would be prescribed in the latest traffic advisory. Also, post afternoon, the traffic would come back to normal, so planning a day out would not be as problematic as it may seem.
Q. Will the major markets and eateries be closed given it's a national holiday?
A. Well, small vendors and stalls can still be expected to be closed, but the major shops and places would remain open post to 12:00, noon, and you can plan your brunches, lunches and dinners accordingly. Please make reservations in advance to not lose out on available slots.
Q. Will Delhi Metro be functional for the commute?
A. No, usually the Delhi Metro services are put to rest during the entire time the parade is being held, post to which the operations would run as per their schedule. Please refer to the Delhi Metro's official website for a piece of accurate information on the same.
Q. Going to a heritage walk, will there be any extra charges or a hike on the entry fee, given such an occasion?
A. No, the charges levied would be the same as per the usual routine. No hidden charges or fees would be charged to you.