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Famous Sound & Light Shows in India

India is a country with rich cultural heritage and history which has always been a point of interest for both, domestic as well as International tourists travelling to India. The major part of history can be witnessed in the architectures like, historical monuments, forts, palaces and much more. To make the experience more interesting and to promote tourism and cultural heritage of India, the Government has planned many entertaining ways to portray the history about the place and construction of monuments. One of such initiatives is the light and sound shows. The many sound and light shows in India are rapidly growing in number and you'll find them taking place at monuments everywhere, particularly forts and palaces. These diverse shows take you back to some important moments in India's history.

Red Fort, Delhi
Old Delhi's famous Red Fort (Lal Qila) was the first place in Asia to have a sound and light show. The India Tourism Development Corporation started one there in 1965. It's since been upgraded, with the current show having commenced in 1996. Another upgrade is being planned. The story reenacts Delhi's tumultuous 5,000-year history, with particular emphasis on the Mughal era during which the Fort was built by Emperor Shah Jahan. The timings of the Sound & Light Show at Red Fort takes place daily except Mondays. 

Amber Fort, Jaipur
The history of Amber Fort and Jaipur is showcased in this popular sound and light show, scripted by legendary Bollywood lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar. It takes place towards the bottom of the Fort, near Maota Lake. There's excellent use of special effects and acoustics, along with folk music and colorful lighting of various parts of the Fort, to bring to life the haunting commentary of historical tales and legends involving the 28 kings of the Kachhwaha dynasty. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 1930 – 2030 Hrs.

Cellular Jail, Port Blair
Cellular Jail additionally kenned as Kaala Paani (ebony waters), the cellular jail is perhaps one of the most infamous remnants of India's struggle for independence. The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive through sound and light show in the cellular jail. The spectacular demonstration of the brutality inflicted upon Indian revolutionaries by the British in prison will leave you awestruck. The most fascinating aspect of the show is that the story is narrated by the voice of an ancient Pipal tree, which is truly innovative and captivates the mind of the audience. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail is 2000 – 2100 hrs (03 days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
The sound and light show at Chittorgarh is a musical presentation similar to Amber Fort, Jaipur narrating the royal history of Chittaur Fort famous as the land of brave kings, attractive queens and warriors. It was in the 6th century when King Chitrangada decided to establish Chittorgarh as the capital of his kingdom, finding it as the safest place to be. The show also includes numerous other interesting stories like that of, the beauty of Rani Padmini, Arab invaders, Meera's devotion and many more. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 1900 – 2000 Hrs.

City Palace, Udaipur
The sound and light show at the magnificent City Palace in Udaipur is the first one in India to be privately produced. Titled "Yash ki Dharohar" (Legacy of Honor), the script was written by Pandit Narendra Mishra, the official court-poet of the House of Mewar. Spanning 1,500 years, it traces journey through the fascinating history of the Mewar dynasty over a one-hour show. 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. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 1900 – 2000 Hrs.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Possibly the biggest sound and light show in India, this one at Golconda Fort near Hyderabad has seating space for 400 people. The long - running show, which has been operating for decades and recounts the history of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, was previously criticized for being outdated and lackluster. However, it's been recently revamped with new lighting and sound technology. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 1830 Hrs. daily.

Western Group of Temples, Khajuraho
The fascinating Light and Sound show evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50-minute fascinating show is held in every evening and it runs in Hindi and in English. Amitabh Bachchan, the Indian super star, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerizing voice. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show at Western group of temples are 1830 – 1925 Hrs.

Mysuru Palace, Karnataka
The 50 minute sound and light show at the magnificent Amba Vilasa Palace starts from Hindu Mythology following by the founding of the Wadiyar Dynasty and the expansion of the Mysuru Kingdom under them. Just like the city Mysuru, this show retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant. Later the shows depicts advent and demise of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan along with construction of the new palace and ends on a high note with the world famous Dasara festival. The whole sequence of the show is recounted by celebrity voices, lyrical music and a highly dynamic lightning design making the whole experience acoustic and visual treat for the visitor. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 1900 – 1950 Hrs.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
If you're interested in the history of Kolkata, you'll want to attend the sound and light show that's held on the grounds of Victoria Memorial. Titled "Pride & Glory - The Story of Calcutta", it details the 300 year Raj era from the arrival of the British in Kolkata to the day of Independence. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 1915 – 2000 Hrs. daily except Mondays.

Somnath Temple, Gujarat
Seaside Somnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (shrines of Lord Shiva, where he's worshiped as a linga of light) in India. It's a large and stunningly beautiful temple that's been featured in actor Amitabh Bacchan's Gujarat promotional campaign. The laser-based sound and light show, "Jay Somnath", follows the temple's evening aarti and is held in English. It narrates the importance and history of the temple, including its desecration, resurrection, ransacking by Islamic invaders, and final reconstruction after India's independence. The way the temple is lit up is quite spectacular, and coupled with the rush of the ocean, the show gives it an ethereal feel. The timings of the English Sound & Light Show is 2000 – 2100 Hrs. 

Incredible India welcomes you to spend a magical evening with its past through a dramatic interplay of sound and light effects.