The light and sound shows are the most entertaining ways of learning about our glorious past. Time travel into some of the most important moments in history and relive the legends and tales. Here are 5 Best Light and Sound Shows you shouldn’t miss in India.
- Purana Qila, New Delhi : The underrated light and sound show is possibly the best in India. The Hi-tech show uses 3-D projection also in some parts. Called the Ishq-e-Dilli ( Romancing Delhi ) the show traces the history of Delhi through its 10 cities. It also traces the connection with the mythology Mahabharata and Indraprsatha.
- What Time: Daily except Fridays. September to October: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English). November to January: 6.00-7.00 p.m. (Hindi), 7.30-8.30 p.m. (English). February to April: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English). May to August: 7.30-8.30 p.m. (Hindi), 9.00-10.00 p.m (English).
- Cost: 100 rupees (adults), 50 rupees (children aged three to 12).
- Where to Get Tickets: From the ticket booth at the Fort, up to an hour before the show starts.
2. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad : The glorious history is narrated effectively with matchless sound and light effects. It is possibly the biggest sound and light show and also the longest running as well. The fort has a huge seating space, accomodating almost 400 people at a time.
- What Time: Daily in English at 6.30 p.m. from November to February, and 7 p.m. from March to October. In Telugu on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.45 p.m. from November to February, and 8.15 p.m. from March to October. In Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.45 p.m. from November to February, and 8.15 p.m. from March to October.
- Cost: 140 rupees for adults in Executive class, 80 rupees for adults in Normal Class. Tickets for children are 110 rupees and 60 rupees, respectively.
- Where to Get Tickets: From the ticket counter at the fort, from 5.30 p.m.
3. Cellular Jail, Port Blair : The mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, the cellular jail is a popular tourist spot in Port blair. The heroic saga is brought alive in a moving Light and sound show, which is a must watch.
- What Time: Two Hindi shows on all days at 6:00 pm and at 7:15 pm except on Monday, Wednesday & Friday when second show is in English at 7:15 pm.
- Cost: Entry fee for Adult is 50/- (INR).
4. Amber Fort, Jaipur : Scripted by the Legendary Bollywood Lyricist and Filmmaker Gulzar, the historical tales and legends of the 28 kings of the Kachchwaha dynasty are brought to life. The haunting commentary along with folk music and colourful lightings takes place near Maota Lake, towards the bottom of the Fort.
- What Time: Summer: 7.30 p.m (English), 8.30 p.m. (Hindi). Winter: 6.30 p.m. (English), 7.30 p.m. (Hindi).
- Cost: 200 rupees in English, 100 rupees in Hindi.
- Where to Get Tickets: From various locations including Amber Fort and Kesar Kyari, Jantar Mantar and Albert Hall.
5. City Palace, Udaipur : The light and sound show at The City Palace is one of the first one to be produced privately. Titled “Yash ki Dharohar” (Legacy of Honor), the script was written by Pandit Narendra Mishra, the official court-poet of the House of Mewar. The one hour show traces the journey of the Mewar Dynasty, spanning over 1,500 years.
The 12 episodes recreate the devotion of the dynasty’s founding father Bapa Rawal, the glory of Rani Padmini and Chittorgarh Fort and the sacrifice of Panna Dhai, before moving to present the establishment of Udaipur in the 16th century.
- What Time: Hindi: 8.00-9.00 p.m. (May to August). English: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (September to March), 7.30-8.30 p.m. (April).
- Cost: Hindi: Ground seating 150 rupees (adults), 100 rupees (children aged eight to 12). Elevated seating 250 rupees (adults), 150 rupees (children aged eight to 12). English: Ground seating 200 rupees (adults), 100 rupees (children aged eight to 12). Elevated seating 500 rupees (adults), 200 rupees (children aged eight to 12).
- Where to Get Tickets: From the ticket booth at the City Palace.