Independence day in the valley.

On a dripping wet day, people turn out in numbers to participate in the 64th Independence day of India.

1. A parade ends.

DHALPUR GROUNDS, KULLU VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

In clothes wet with Himalayan rain, a squad of uniforms sporting ceremonial head turbans and semi-automatic rifles tucked under armpits exit the arena at the end of the 64th Independence Day celebration in the town of Kullu. The valley, along with its usual contingents of local police and a home guards division, stations two separate groups of the Indian border forces: The SSB, an abbreviation for Shastra Seema Bal (earlier known as the Special Service Bureau) and the ITBP, short for Indo Tibetan Border Police. Both having seen action in frontier regions.

2. Spectators in the rain.

DHALPUR GROUNDS, KULLU VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

Light hearted joviality gets the better of hesitation as a group of spectators sheltered beneath umbrellas ask for their photos to be clicked during a particularly dripping moment at the close of the Independence day parade. A 2011 census puts Kullu’s population close to eighteen thousand five hundred strong excluding a number of foreign nationals concentrated mainly in and around the area of Gandhi Nagar located near the entrance.

As the administrative capital of the district, the large size town houses the residence of the District Commissioner and offers facilities ranging from district courts, a government college and hospital to schools, homestays, restaurants and hotels. Neighbourhoods include Sultanpur, upper and lower Dhalpur and the Akhara Bazar.

3. Raising the standard.

DHALPUR GROUNDS, KULLU VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA.

In bleak weather with rain drops drumming the earth in gentle showers and violent downpours, security personnel battle the elements to prepare for the hoisting of the National Flag in the soon to follow Independence Day parade at Kullu’s Dhalpur Grounds. The Flag Code of India, a lengthy list of dos and don’t s, reformulated by the Union Cabinet of India in 2002 permits the National Flag to be hoisted in any weather – regardless of whether that be a grey leaden sky forecasting a barrage of hail or a bright sunny day.

To know more about the Flag Code of India visit Flag Code India.

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