States and different departments put up an impressive show of India's rich cultural diversity through 23 tableaux -- 13 from states and ten from ministries.
West Bengal became a part of the parade after 13 years as it showcased the university town of Shantiniketan, the abode of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The Jammu and Kashmir tableaux depicted the architectural heritage of Srinagar during the medieval period, while the Chhatisgarh tableaux showcased the Dondaki art and claywork by artists late Sonabhai Rajwar, Darogaram and Atmadas Manikpuri.
Maharashtra displayed its rich culture, natural wonders and historical monuments and attractive tourist destinations.
Image: Border Security Force soldiers ride camels in formation on Rajpath during the main Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Thursday, January 26, 2012