Here is what to expect on January 26

Here is what to expect on January 26

Colourful display of India's cultural heritage, manoeuvres by fighter aircraft and march past by armed forces on Thursday gave a preview of what is in store for this year's Republic Day parade. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

But the full dress rehearsal at Rajpath also created traffic snarls in central Delhi, particularly in areas nearby India Gate. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

A large crowd gathered on the Rajpath to view the rehearsal when military and police forces marched down from Raisina Hills and headed to Red Fort. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

The parade preview began with four Army helicopters flying above Rajpath with the tricolour and the flags of Army, Air Force and Navy. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

India's military might was on display as Tejas, the country's first indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, T-90 Bhishma tank and MBT Arjun MK II were showed. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Along with modern weaponry systems, contingents from armed forces, paramilitary forces and NCC cadets marched to the beat of the bands preceding them in perfect unison. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

What also caught spectators' attention were the security personnel and musical band mounted on bedecked camels. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

The grand show on Rajpath also consisted of tableaux from different states and ministries displaying a "mini-India" in itself. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Thirteen tableaux from the states and five from various ministries and departments provided a kaleidoscopic view of the country's economic strength, cultural heritage and development of science and technology. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

The first tableau to roll out was from Uttar Pradesh, titled 'Subah-e-Banaras'. It celebrated the rich cultural heritage of the holy city of Benaras. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

For the first time, the Ministry of Railways showcased the construction of Pir Panjal Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the longest transportation tunnel in the country. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Among the states that will participate in this year's parade here include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and the Union Territory Chandigarh. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)

Meanwhile, dress rehearsal for Republic Day celebrations in Mumbai at Marine Drive was on. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)

Military personnel dress rehearse for Republic Day in full swing at Marine Drive in Mumbai. (IE Photo: Amit Chakravarty)