Changing of the Guards.

Of the many military traditions, Changing of the Guards is probably the most popular. If you have visited Wagah Border, you would know what I am talking about, as there, it has been turned into more of a public ceremony, where nationalism & Patriotism are always on the high.

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In our own Rashtrapati Bhavan, residence of the President of India, this ceremony started in 2012. After Pranab Mukherjee, the current President, took over the whole ceremony has been revamped.

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The President’s Body Guard, senior most Regiment of the Indian Army guard, the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Every Saturday at sharp 8.00 am in summers and at 10.00 am in winters, the guard change ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The ceremony lasts about 40 minutes, involving an equestrian display and foot drill supported by a military band. The ceremony concludes with the National Anthem.

General public can watch it after they gain access to the forecourt, via Gate No 2, with a valid Government issued ID.

Strangely, though both the ceremony and the access to the Rajpath leading to the Rashtrapati Bhavan start at 8 am. If you going in summers, it is quite a task for many to dash from the bottom of Vijay Chowk to the forecourt.

 

 

 

 

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