The "Retreat" was sounded, the national flag was lowered and the principal conductor for the evening, Lt Commander S.K. Champion, sought permission to take the bands back.
This granted, the bands wheeled around and marched up Raisina Hill to the soul-stirring "Saare Jahan Se Aach".
Image: A roadside vendor sells peanuts as Indians return after watching the Beating Retreat ceremony against an illuminated Raisina Hills, which houses India's most important ministries and presidential palace, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (AP)