7 striking photos of India's preparations for its 68th Republic Day


India is gearing up for its 68th Republic Day on Jan. 26 and the capital city of New Delhi, host to a grand parade, has been taken over by dress rehearsals.

The annual parade is a grand affair. It sees a variety of drills from about 25 marching and mounted contingents, around 20 military bands, various military vehicles, 30 cultural tableaux, nearly 30 aircrafts, state-wise cultural performers, and 1,200 schoolchildren.

This year's parade will also see the United Arab Emirates soldiers marching with their Indian counterparts. UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the chief guest of the parade.

Some of this year's themes to be showcased in the tableaux include 'Transforming India through Skill Development', 'Green India – Clean India', and 'Khadi India', the Indian Express reported.

These photographs capture the rigor, the paraphernalia and the vibrancy behind the extravaganza:

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Indian police women attend a full-dress rehearsal for India's Republic Day parade in Srinagar January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
Soldiers take part in a full-dress rehearsal for India's Republic Day parade in Bengaluru, India January 24, 2017. REUTERS/ Abhishek N. Chinnappa
Indian paramilitary soldiers take part in a full-dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Agartala, India, January 24, 2017. India celebrates its annual Republic Day on January 26. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Indian Presidential Guards arrive during early morning rehearsals for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

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The Daredevil unit of Indian Border Security Force perform a motorcycle stunt during the rehearsals for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

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Indian police women contingent participate in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade.

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Indian Rapid Action Force contingents participate in the rehearsals for the upcoming 68th Republic Day celebration parade.

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