Best Sound and Light Shows in India
Posted on February 2, 2020 by Ghoomophiro
Eyes, the perceiver of light, are our most used sense organ – in fact, used more than all the other senses combined. Ears, perceivers of sound, take the second spot. And they are also the sense organs with which we take most of our pleasure in – whether it be through music or physical beauty of Alia Bhat. Light and Sound show combined the ability of these two organs to receive pleasure much as movies and theatre do. What sets light and sound shows is that they have lesser involvement of artists compared to theatres. They sprung up during the 1960s and 1970s when music concerts which were immensely popular at that time started using theatrical techniques that controlled lights to enhance the aesthetic of the experience they offered.
The sound and light shows have seen a decline in popularity but have survived and might find revival as new technologies enhance the experience they are capable of providing. With air pollution creating intense health hazards during festival season in Delhi, the government of Delhi had held a new Lights and Sound show to deflect people from using crackers that are a major source of the decline in the quality of air around that time of year.
Today, we shall bring you a list of Light and Sound shows in India that simply can not be missed. :
1. Light and Sound Show at Purana Qila, Delhi
This light show is probably the best and most entertaining way of learning about culture during the time of Mughal rulers and thus makes it to our list of best Light and Sound Shows in India. Locally known by the beautiful name of ‘Ishq-e-Dilli’ or ‘love of Delhi’, the show celebrates the 5000-year-old history of India.
The show is managed by Delhi tourism and the ticket for the show is 100 INR for adults and 50 INR for children (3 to 12 years) and senior citizens.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Purana Qila, Delhi?
The festival, being held in one of the oldest forts of New Delhi, is easiest to reach.
When is Light and Sound Show at Purana Qila, Delhi held?
Every day except Sunday. If you wish to see it in Hindi go for the 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. show whereas if you will like to see it in English, go from 9.00 p.m.To 10.00 p.m. show.
2. Light and Sound Show at Red Fort, Delhi
Another Light and sound show from the capital city, Light and Sound Show at Red Fort is next in our list best light shows in India. A Light and Sound Show that has to find a mention in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the Booker prize nominated and shortlisted book by Arundhati Roy; it also has the advantage of being held at one of the most important landmarks of the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be early to have your fill of this historical site before you move on to Light and Sound Show.
The show has a ticket costing 60 INR on weekdays and 80 INR on weekends and government holidays for adults. For children between 3 to 12 years of age, the ticket costs 20 INR for weekdays and 30 INR on weekends.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Red Fort, Delhi?
Red Fort is a landmark in Delhi and thus very easy to reach.
When is the Light and Sound Show at Red Fort, Delhi held?
Every day except Mondays from 7.30. p.m. to 8.30. p.m. for shows in Hindi language and 9.00 p. m. to 10.00 p.m. in the English language.
3. Light and Sound Show at Amber Fort, Jaipur
The Light and Sound Show of Jaipur is the best way to learn about the beautiful Pink city. The shower covers the history of Amber Fort along with the stories of 28 kings of the Kachhwaha told through music which is sometimes folk and sometimes Bollywood combined with just the right amounts of commentary.
The well preserved Amber Fort is located near Aravalli mountains and Jaipur’s City lights complement the light show immensely well. And the Light and Sound Show is hardly the only attraction for tourists in Jaipur. There is a ticket of 250 INR for the show.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Amber fort, Jaipur?
Jaipur is well connected to the rest of the country having its airport – Sanganer International Airport. It also is a major railway junction. By roadways, it is connected to the rest of the country via National Highways 8, 11 and 12.
When is Light and Sound Show at Amber fort, Jaipur held?
The show is held all seven days of the week but the timings of the show vary according to the time of the year. There are shows in both Hindi and English and are normally held in evenings and nights. The Hindi shows start at 8 PM in April, 8:30 from May to September and for the rest of the year, the show starts at 7:30 P.M.
The English show starts an hour earlier than the Hindi show – that is, at 7 PM from March and April, 7:30 P.M. from May to September and 6:30 P.M. for the rest of the year.
4. Light and Sound Show at Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Hyderabad is one of the most beautiful cities in India and is adorned with a rich history. The best way to learn about its rich history is the Light and Sound show held at Golconda Fort of the city – which makes it to the fourth position in our list of Light and Sound shows. This Light and Sound Show narrated the history of the city when it was ruled by the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Golconda Fort?
Hyderabad has its own international airport – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and 3 railway stations. The city also enjoys great road connectivity. Thus the city enjoys great connectivity by rail, road, and air. Golconda Fort is a local landmark and you will have no trouble reaching it.
When does the Light and Sound Show at Golconda Fort start?
The show has a capacity of 400 people strong audience. The timings vary a lot. For English shows, the timings are 7:00 P.M. from March to October and 6:30 P.M. for November through February.
The other show can either be in Hindi or Telugu – and you must confirm the language if that is the show you are after. It starts an hour and a quarter after the English show – that is 8:15 P.M. from March to October and 7:45 P.M from November to February. The show has a ticket the cost 140 INR for Executive class adults and 110 INR for other adults. For children, it 80 INR for executive class and 60 INR for the rest.
5. Light and Sound Show at Somnath Temple, Gujarat
Leaving History alone for a while, let us now take up Light and Sound show that promise a spiritual experience.
The Somnath Temple of Gujrat doesn’t need a Light and Sound show to attract tourists as it is a Temple of great religious importance to Hindus being one of 12 jyotirlingas of the world. The temple is dedicated to great god Lord Shiva.
That said it does have a brilliant light and sound show using laser lights called Jai Somnath Show. The shows tell you about the history of the temple that was destroyed and reconstructed several times. If that is not enough, the evening arti too is quite a light show in itself.
The show has a ticket of mere 25 INR.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Somnath Temple, Gujarat?
The nearest airport is at Diu which is 63 kilometers away and you can take taxis from there. The nearest railway station is at Veraval, only 5 kilometers from Somnath. The best way to travel to Somnath is by road and the city enjoys immense road connectivity. We highly recommend combining your trip with that to Dwarka and Diu.
When is Light and Sound Show at Somnath Temple, Gujarat held?
The show is held throughout the year from 8 P.M. to 9 P.M. every day.
6. Sound and Light Show at City Palace, Udaipur
Next in our list of Light and Sound Shows is one held at City Palace, Udaipur. It is the first privately owned Sound and Light show of India. It has its own script titles “Yash Ki Dharohar” written by the respected writer Pandit Narendra Mishra.
The amazing show is carried out in an open area between the palace known as the Manek chowk. The show has a set of 12 episodes, which are showcased one after the other. It is based upon the rich history of the Mewar dynasty. The city palace is immensely well maintained and sitting arrangements are unparalleled for such shows in India.
How to reach Sound and Light Show at City Palace, Udaipur?
The city has its own domestic airport although it is still 22 kilometers away from the city and you might have to hire a cab. The bus stand is within the city and enjoys good road connectivity. The railway connectivity is also good as the city has its own railway station.
When is Sound and Light Show at City Palace, Udaipur held?
The Sound and Light Show at City Palace, Udaipur has its timings from 8:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. from May to August and 8:30 to 9:30 P.M. for the rest of the year. One of the major perks is that the tickets can be booked online and so you don’t have to stand in long queues.
7. Light and Sound Show at Victoria Memorable, Kolkata
Victoria Memorable at Kolkata was constructed in the honor of Queen Victoria. The building that is over a hundred-year-old is a monument of colonial heritage but has been converted into a museum. Come early in order to have your fill of the amazing artifacts the museum has to offer. In the evenings, it holds a Sound and Light Show named pride and glory of the city of Kolkata – celebrating the rich history of the city which was always at the root of India’s freedom struggle.
How to reach Kolkata?
Kolkatta has its own airport – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). The railway and road connectivity are equally brilliant.
When is Light and Sound Show at Victoria Memorable held?
The timings for the show in Bengali Show from October to February are 6.15 pm to 07.00 pm and from 06.45 pm to 07.30 pm from March to June. While English shows are held from 07.15 pm to 08.00 pm from October to February and from 07.45 pm to 08.30 pm from March to June. There are no shows for months of July and September. Also, there are no shows on Mondays and National holidays.
8. Light and Sound Show at Mysore Palace, Mysore
Mysore Palace is one of the best palaces in India. One element, for example, has shown the Hindu mythological Goddess Chamundi slew the demon Mahishasure. It has a rich history in India’s freedom struggle – and all the better, if you don’t know about it as then you can learn it from the Sound and Light show held in the city palace.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Mysore Palace, Mysore?
The nearest airport is at Bangalore only which is a good 170 kilometers away but you can catch a bus from there as Mysore enjoys good road connectivity. Railways are another good option and are only at a distance of 2 kilometers from the city.
How to reach Light and Sound Show at Mysore Palace, Mysore?
If you are going to visit this place, then the timing which you take into consideration is 07.00 pm to 07.40 pm, and the show will remain closed on Sundays along with the national holidays.
This is all from us today however these are not all the sound and light shows, there are many others such as –
1. Brindaban Sound and Light Show, Mysore, Karnataka
2. Sound and Light Show at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Panjab
3. Sound and Light Show, Hampi, Karnataka
4. Sound and Light Show, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
5. Sound and Light Show, Port Blair, Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands
6. Sound and Light Show, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
This is all from us. We hope you give this unique form of entertainment a chance because the experience they have to offer is enchanting.