Five years ago, husband and I took a trip to Amritsar to witness the Wagah Border Ceremony. And oh, guess what! He took me there for our honeymoon. That's a true blue Fauji, don't you agree?
I'm not a very Desh Bhakt (all the die hard patriotic people please excuse me for it :P) but Amritsar made me feel about my roots and culture and wherever we are today being free and able to talk and do what we want was because of the people who sacrificed their lives at this place. One road which connect two countries who used to be together now are separated by two gates which are created by ourselves. The cement and tar are the same, the road is plain and straight helping people move then why do we have to be in tension with them. The Wagha Border made me realize how proud I can be of my nation and the enthusiasm our soldiers create among us at that place is commendable. Just a few steps and you can see a complete different scenario and I'm really intrigued to explore that one day.Pain and anger was I felt develop when I visited one of the biggest piece of our history , the Jallianwala Bagh. It made me weep looking at the bullet holes in the walls and the well where thousands of people jumped to save themselves. It made me feel that what happened so many years back should be commemorated and talked and given importance every year. An year old baby to a 70 old grandmother not a single person was given mercy and that moment I felt angry that the people who did this shouldn't be forgiven even now for the deed. Yes people come to rule and destroy but such a manslaughter is heart piercing.
Watch the Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah BorderThe Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border, popularly known as the Lowering of Flags Ceremony, is a pompous affair. A chest-thumping display of military orchestration bordering (pun intended) on theatricality. While most will be overcome with patriotism of the highest order, some might find it a little too, for lack of a better word and considering the relations between the two nations, hostile. I belong to the latter category. That being said, the ceremony is worth seeing at least once. You can leave the paperwork and rest of the formalities to City On Pedals and opt for their Wagah Border Tour. Just make sure you are seated an hour before the ceremony begins (5.30 pm in summer and 4.30 pm in winter) or you might miss out altogether. While you're at it, you can also make a quick visit to Pul Kanjari, a deserted army bunker, and Mata Lal Devi Temple. It's all included.
This is the only border road crossing between India and Pakistan, where you can see a daily flag lowering ceremony. But believe me, it’s more than just a ceremony, it’s a powerful show, a celebration. It’s dance, it’s music, it’s a lot of emotions, and it’s an unforgettable experience. Just take care to get seats on the front, or VIP seating, or your visit can fail. The essence of nationalism along with a pride can be easily felt by the songs played and the performances done by soldiers there. The words would not only be less but also inefficient to express the feeling that you get being there. By seeing that ceremony you can easily return home having a safeguard feeling that nothing can happen to you when you have such energy filled and enthusiast soldiers saving your motherland and letting you sleep calmly.
We also made a visit to Wagah border (the border demarcating India and Pakistan in the Punjab state), where every evening Indian Border Security Force(BSF) from India and Pakistan Rangers from Pakistan hold a joint flag down ceremony.It was a wonderful patriotic experience and the BSF does a commendable job in organizing such a daily event.Some snap shots of the event below.Now coming to food…our main focus of this trip…we had lots of good food and my tummy almost gave away on day 2 of trip due to the overload, but i managed to hold my own!!I have already told about the kulfi and lassis…now here’s the main stuff!!..Roasted spicy corn @ wagah border – simple n delicious!!