In the darkness, in the middle of cold winter nights in the national capital, soldiers from the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy, the Indian Army and troopers from the paramilitary forces rehearse for Republic Day 2022.
Please click on the images for glimpses of the rehearsals early on Friday morning.
IMAGE: An Indian Air Force officer shouts commands to a his marching unit during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, January 7, 2022. All Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
IMAGE: Indian Air Force airmen take part in the rehearsal.
IMAGE: The Indian Navy marching unit participate in a laughter yoga session during the rehearsal.
IMAGE: A policeman stands guard next to rifles during a break in the rehearsal.
IMAGE: An Indian Navy sailor during a break in the rehearsal.
IMAGE: Despite the bitter cold, the marching is as impressive during the rehearsal as it will be during the Republic Day parade.
IMAGE: The soldiers stretch during the rehearsal.
IMAGE: A cap and gloves belonging to an Indian Navy sailor pictured during a break in the rehearsal.