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Wagah Border

Also known as Gurmukhi, this is a village and also the border where India and Pakistan was once divided to become two different countries. On this side of the border, the region is more popularly known as Attari and falls in Amritsar. On the other side, it falls in the Lahore city of Punjab of Pakistan and is known as Wahgah. On both sides the flags of the respective countries are raised up everyday and again lowered 2 hours before sunset. There is also the famous Wagah Rail line over here which forms a part of the Grand Trunk Road which continues in Pakistan as well. The Wagah Border Ceremony is worth seeing and is carried on by the Indian Army and the Pakistan Rangers on the respective sides of the border gate.
Gunjan Upreti
Yash Chopra's epic romance story's last scene was shot at the Wagah border crossing when SRK finally returns to India.
Priya Parashar
Make it a point to reach Wagah Border by 2 pm or let’s say as early as possible but be ready to wait for approx. 3-4 hours before the ceremony starts. But it’s still advisable if you want to sit and watch the entire ceremony. The place was excessively crowded plus a big queue for security check. We didn’t carry anything and it was such a relief because nothing (Nothing means nothing- no chips, popcorn, ladies handbag, camera cover, etc. Only water, wallets, sunglasses, cameras are allowed) is allowed inside and then you have to keep your stuff in road side vendor locker for which again you have to stand in queue.We reached in nick of time and occupied seat which gave okay view but we still felt lucky because there was humongous crowd standing and forced to watch the border parade on the big screens installed there instead of live.The retreat ceremony is for 45 minutes which includes the closing of international gates and the lowering of the flag. The atmosphere was simply electric. The crowd modified into a hooting cheerleader. Passion and patriotism was at all-time high. The moment became so live and full of energy. People danced on some of the famous patriotic numbers. Children also get a chance to take the flag and run.
Aarush Tandon
Wagah border our next stop, the border which separates the two countries(India and Pakistan) which were once the same land and have been at war ever since its separation.The weather turned wild just like last time but trust me wagah border is more enjoyable in stormy weather. It was not before 6 that the parade started the atmosphere was electric and so was the wind and the dirt that came along with it still nobody left. My brother tried to save himself from the stormy weather by slipping into a shallow low region but tragedy was awaiting him only to be avoided by a foot as the shed fell apart. Tragedy avoided we thanked the stars and enjoyed the parade.
Drishti Naik
Another star experience which Amritsar boasts of is the "Lowering of the Flags" ceremony at the Wagah Border. It is a daily martial custom followed by the security forces of India as well as Pakistan. This custom has been in force since 1959. The queues to witness this grandeur are really long and if you have taken a normal pass, I would suggest to reach early enough by 4 pm so you can get a good seat at the stands. The minute you get in, you will be welcomed by loud cheering of "Jai Hind" "Hindustan Zindaabaad" "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" among the many other slogans. The aura of patriotism that runs in the wind is an experience in itself. The entire ceremony lasts for about an hour where soldiers from both the countries would perform the closing ceremony.
Malay Majithia
The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959. The drill is characterized by elaborate and rapid dance-like maneuvers, which has been described as "colorful". It is alternatively a symbol of the two countries' rivalry, as well as brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations. Similar parades are being organized at Mahavir/Sadiq border near Fazilka and Hussainiwala/Gandasinghwala border near Firozpur.
liveharshitly
1400 hrs: Take an auto rickshaw / cab for Wagah Border ceremony (return fare INR 500)
nachiket shah
By 3:00pm we left for Wagha border by shared auto. (Charges: 100 per person for a to and fro journey). Oh boy this place gives you just an idea of what every army officer serving our country might be feeling on each day of their life. A true feeling of patriotism, the feeling of you being a proud Indian, just rushes through every nerve of your body looking at the culture followed their EVERYDAY and not just on independence and republic day.The music, the roar, the enthusiasm, the AURA just makes you feel so proud of being a citizen of such a beautiful country “India”.The marching ceremony started around 4:30pm and ended by 6:00pm. Reach as early as possible so that you get a good seat to experience the ceremony.
Rishika Jain
The next day saw us prepping up for the Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah border. Jallianwala Bagh closes down at 6 PM and therefore it had to be visited in the morning itself. While entering the gates of this historic garden, you can smell patriotism in the air. From the martyr’s well to garden walls, there were gun shots that had pierced through our freedom fighters. It is horrifying to see how brutally they were killed in this massacre. You will find united aggression and be a part of it yourself.
Ryokõ-shä
Wagha Border stands on the highway between India and Pakistan that is Lahore and Amritsar. The Wagah Border Ceremony is a must watch while on a visit to Amritsar. A sense of patriotism takes over while watching our men perform. We got a VVIP pass to watch the program at the border. This made things much easier for us. By car it would consume about 45 mins to travel to the place. The pass allowed us to take our car up to the end of the road where the ceremony would take place.We got seated right in-front of the arrangement. The ceremony usually starts around 4 and continues till sunset for about an hour.Before it commences, one may run bearing the flag of India on the highway. Many citizens took pride and participated heartily.
Aarush Tandon
Wagah border our next stop, the border which separates the two countries which were once the same and have had a fierce rivalry ever since. The weather turned wild just like last time but trust me wagah border is more enjoyable in stormy weather. It was not before 6 that the parade started the atmosphere was electric and so was the wind and the dirt along with it still nobody left. My brother tried to save himself from the stormy weather by slipping to a shallow low region but tragedy was awaiting him only to be avoided by a foot as the shed fell apart. Tragedy avoided we thanked the stars and enjoyed the parade.
myheartontheroad
An ironic flag ceremony that reflects the cut-throat rivalry but ends with a mild handshake between the Indian Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers, the Beating Retreat Ceremony takes place everyday with same stride and pride. Thousands of people gather together in the evening only to watch the ceremony that celebrates rivalry moulded in full patriotism on both the sides. Checking this off the list is a must!Best Time To Visit: MarchOther Things To Do: The Golden Temple. 14. The Incredible Flower Show In Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Since both the sites were quite near we completed within 2 hours and were back to the hotel only to leave post lunch for Wagah Border. It was a public holiday then and the crowd was 4 times than it can accommodate at the venue. Remember to be here by 3 PM or max by 4 PM so that you can get an entry. From the auto stand it will take more 20-30 minute walk till you reach the site. We somehow gate crashed and got ourselves seated. The site, the energy, the voices, the dance, the ceremony and the ambiance is to be felt, no words can describe it and you better visit it asap, before it is shut for any reason.
Aarush Tandon
Wagah border our next stop, the border which separates the two countries which were once the same and have had a fierce rivalry ever since. The weather turned wild just like last time but trust me wagah border is more enjoyable in stormy weather. It was not before 6 that the parade started the atmosphere was electric and so was the wind and the dirt along with it still nobody left. My brother tried to save himself from the stormy weather by slipping to a shallow low region but tragedy was awaiting him only to be avoided by a foot as the shed fell apart. Tragedy avoided we thanked the stars and enjoyed the parade.
Aarush Tandon
Wagah border our next stop, the border which separates the two countries which were once the same and have had a fierce rivalry ever since. The weather turned wild just like last time but trust me wagah border is more enjoyable in stormy weather. It was not before 6 that the parade started the atmosphere was electric and so was the wind and the dirt along with it still nobody left. My brother tried to save himself from the stormy weather by slipping to a shallow low region but tragedy was awaiting him only to be avoided by a foot as the shed fell apart. Tragedy avoided we thanked the stars and enjoyed the parade.
Mahuya Paul
3. Wagah Border: Next you travel to Attari, a village of Amritsar District 3 km from the Indo-Pakistani border at Wagah for the India -Pakistan 'lowering of the flag' ceremony. It's a 45 minutes ride from the Golden temple and there are ample vehicles that would take you there, wait for you for the entire duration of the ceremony, typically around an hour, and drop you back to the city. This ceremony itself is unlike anything that you have seen or imagined before. And its a real spectacle, I must say. I have been here twice and the galleries are always jam-packed on the Indian side of the Indo-Pak border. I have no idea who these people are, and where they come from everyday. But everyone takes part in the collective frenzy of the drama that entails at the border during sunset.
Sara Suri
Now that I was satiated and refreshed, I decided to visit the Attari station, Kanjiri Pull and the Wahga Border. Attari station is about 30 minutes from the old city and only about 3.5 kms from the Wahga Border. The Samjhauta Express or the Attari Express leaves the Old Delhi railway station, and then travels to Attari, where the Attari Express changes formally into the Samjhauta Express. After the customs and immigration clearances at Attari, the passengers start their journey to Lahore in Pakistan through the Wagah border. This quaint station is a must visit, being the oldest train link between India and Pakistan since partition in 1947.From the Attari Station, before visiting the Wagah border, I visited Pul Kanjiri, a historical site that hasn’t been given it’s due share of publicity that it deserves. This fascinating and charming site is based on one of the numerous legends from Mahraja Ranjit Singh’s time. The legend states that a young Muslim dancer (Punjabi word Kanjiri for concubine) Moran, hailing from Lahore, once was on her way to dance at the Maharaja’s Baradari, her sandal fell into the water channel on the way. The piqued dancer refused to dance until a pul (bridge) was built, hence the place became popular as Paul Kanjri. In fact, what is interesting about this site is that the Pakistan border is less than 2 acres away, with absolutely no hoards of people swarming the area, unlike the Wagah Border, which is where I went next.Wagah Border, the only open border crossing India and Pakistan and which is officially accessible by both the nations hosts a closing ceremony as 'lowering of the flags' ceremony. It is a daily martial custom that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Sutlej Rangers) have mutually followed since 1959. This interesting ceremony takes place every evening before sunset around 5:30 pm. I had a VIP pass and hence access to the gates was much faster where I also got seated in the area closest to the ceremony. If you are not planning to acquire a VIP pass, then you must make sure you reach way ahead of time by at least 3:30 pm to grab a seat and stand in the long, almost never-ending queues.As I sat in the stands, I could hear thousands of people screaming and cheering right before during the beating the retreat ceremony. Crowds screamed ‘Jai Hind’ and Vandematram with an incredible energy and a nationalist fervor. On the other side, there were hoards of Pakistani nationals screaming ‘ Pakistan Zindabad’ with as much energy and zeal. It was here that I realized that these lines are political because there was absolutely no difference between the people on either sides. This 45 minute ceremony ends with an aura of celebrations along with loud shouts of patriotism. During the ceremony, however, one could sense silence as the soldiers marched, so clinically that I could hear their boots tap on the ground with each step they took.
Niraz Nizam
Waga borderThere is a lot of share taxi to reach at wagah border, which is just 28 kms away from the main city. That taxi was parked roughly one kilometre before the spot. I got one friend in taxi one who from Germany. From there we started walking towards the site. Thousands of people come to see this evening parade at Wagah every single day. On reaching the spot, we climbed up a stadium like place. The men and women were seated in different zones. In front of stadium stairs was a clean wide road for parade . You will listen to the patriotic songs and your feelings will rise after seeing Pakistani people dancing from the other end. The parade conducted by our jawans will leave you mesmerized and awe struck. Towards our left was the enormous gate that separated land as India and Pakistan. After the ceremony, I took some photos with indian soldiers. It's very hard to get clicked with the soldiers. Then We back to Golden temple to see in night. My friend said that Golden Temple looks gorgeous at night. That night we left together to Chandigarh.
Ankit Arora
People might be well aware of the potential effects of cycling on the body. But what about the mind? It’s a question that has puzzled psychologists, neurologists and anyone who has wondered how riding a bike can induce what feels close to a state of meditation.For me personally, I get lost into a wonderland while I’m cycling listening to my favourite music. The hour or hour and a half of cycling goes by in a fraction of a second. Even Scientists are confirming what most cyclists instinctively know – that riding a bike has extraordinary effects on our brain chemistry.Hailing from Rajasthan, I've became Rajasthan’s first “Super Randonneur” after his amazing 600km cycle ride. For all those not aware, Randonneuring is long-distance, unsupported, non-competitive cycling within prescribed time limits are organized from France. The events, called brevets, are: 200km (13.5 hour time cut-off), 300km (20 hours), 400km (27 hours) and 600km (40 hours). Grand Randonnées are 1200km and riders must finish in 90 hours or less. My expedition was from India Gate in Delhi to Wagah Border. I was instantly attracted to this event as the route includes some breathtaking landscapes of emerald green fields alongside the serene roads of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.For me, it was more than that. It was a once in a lifetime experience to travel through different states in India, different cultures and meet different people. An experience that I would not want to miss. When I finished his ride in 37.5 hours at the entrance of Amritsar, I had the feeling of sheer joy of fulfilment.For me especially, cycle expeditions and solo road trips are something that does not exhaust me, but something that calms me.
rysha hamza
It is a shame to leave Amritsar without witnessing the flag lowering ceremony at Wagah border. Azal managed to get VIP seats through a close friend from college, whose father retired as a BSF officer. After checking into Hotel Grand Galaxy at Crystal Chowk, we rushed to the border to watch this extraordinary feat. The ritual is performed daily before sunset, yet hundreds of locals and tourists gather here to watch the show. Songs glorifying the nation and its freedom fighters blared through the loudspeakers fitted on both sides of the massive gate separating the sister countries. We waited patiently on the sun-baked parapet as the soldiers prepared themselves for the drill. And it began. Indian and Pakistani soldiers marched in tandem, displaying perfectly coordinated maneuvers symbolizing the rivalry and one-upmanship that has prevailed between the two nations since independence. At sunset, the iron gates were opened and the flags lowered on either side. The soldiers shook hands and retreated to their respective sides. The flags were folded and the gates were closed again. The air was shaken with nationalist slogans bordering on jingoism. Jai Hind! Alhamdulillah!! And once again it was written in blood that we can never think beyond boundaries if we hold onto our fanatic nationalism.
Krishnan T P
The parade was mindblowing. There a huge crowd gathered as it was a weekend. As my friend's father was an IAF officer, we got into VIP Gallery. We reached there before half an hour of the ceremony.There were indian commandos guarding the border gate. The parade started at 6 pm. It was fantastic show by our BSF. As many as 10 BSF officersto part in it.The show was so patriotic. The show lasted for more than 45 mins. We were there till the flags of both India and Pakistan being taken from the post. Then we went to our hotel. We had our food from a local Dhaba.We went back to Ambala, the next morning. The whole was superbbblllyyy awesome.After two days of staying in Ambala, we next went to Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Chetna Patil
Started at 0900 hours from Mcleodganj and reached Amritsar 1400 hours. Was a hectic and tiring journey. Checked in Hotel Sarovar which is just 2 minutes’ walk to Golden Temple. Got fresh as I had to rush to reach Wagah Border (30 kms from Amritsar) to watch the famous parade and ceremony. This ceremony is held every evening before 1800 hours. It starts with energetic parade of soldiers from both the sides and ends with Flag lowering of both the nations. It was way too crowded which resulted disturbance in watching. Best part of it was I experiencing an unexpected mini adventure running with the Flag till India-Pakistan Border gate left me a huge smile on my face. Ceremony came to an end around 1830 hours.
vinay vinvin
Evening parade...not to be missed activity in Amritsar.. A simple Flag-lowering exercise on the road through the joint border, the parade, which lasts for round 45 minutes, manages to be ferocious, ludicrous and of course entertaining. Large crowds gather on either side of the gate, clap and cheer for their country... It gives the full feel of patriotism..
Jaswanth Jagadeesh
Sohini Sen
The term ‘border’ in my mind is extremely negative. It stops people – from meeting each other, from moving freely across lands, and from letting people reach their fullest potential. But from a geo-political vantage point it is a much needed decision for each country. Especially when the countries involved are India and Pakistan. So here we were, watching the beautiful Golden Temple in Amritsar getting washed in rain, when our cab driver suggested we check out the Wagah Border before it gets crowded. As an Indian, obviously we have all fantasized about Wagah – to see our men in uniform standing in full glory. And secretly enough, to see if we really are better than the other side. Without much ado we started on the two hour long journey, picking up a friend who could guide us through. Through the journey our friend explained to us about one tiny miscalculation – we weren’t heading to Wagah at all! Wagah, where the border actually gets its name from, is a town in Pakistan – on their side of the border. However, the village on our side is called Attari. Ironically, in Pakistan probably they call the border Attari border – both countries taking the names of the land we cannot touch. A kilometer before the border one needs to park his vehicle, for security reasons of course. Thankfully, for once the security does not seem a farce as each and every soldier scans you with his eyes. You find place to sit in the big gallery if you are lucky, and if you are especially blessed, then you get a seat in the VIP section towards the border. Once everyone was seated, patriotic songs came blasting through the microphones and the audience suddenly became the participant. Old men in dhoti, women with kids in their lap, young boys and girls, school students on a day out – everyone took turns to hoist the flag of our country on their shoulders and ran from one end to the other. Probably it gave them a good photo op or a probable conversation starter (Imagine sitting at a bar and saying, “Oh yesterday you were at the movies? I was at Wagah border, making the country proud”). Or maybe people actually became more patriotic once they saw the armed men, standing by and knowing full well that they are responsible for the whole lot in the ground and within the country as well. The music and some dancing follows for an hour or so till the proper ceremony is announced and silence falls among the crowd. While an announcer asked us to call out ‘Jai Hind’, we could hear the other side cheering for Pakistan. We shouted louder, stronger. They followed suit. We boo-ed, they clapped. We screamed, they shouted. Both sides by then had packed quite an audience – though the Indian side had people waiting outside as well and the Pakistani galleries were half vacant (this may be due to the fact that it is a paid visit in Pakistan but free in India). It was also surprising that men and women sat separately, resulting in only a handful of Burqa-clad women being present for the celebration while more than triple the number sat on the men’s side. The announcer’s job through-out the ceremony was to keep up the cheering – almost like a cheerleader co-ordinator. Soldiers – at least a good six and half feet in height – came marching down, kicking their feet high up and raising their fists in an ‘act’ of aggression and warning. The Pakistani side also choreographed it such that it seemed like we were certainly making sure that neither came in from the other side. What was also pleasing was the fact that female soldiers did their bit in the march as well, breaking myths that women in India sit in their house and stay away from showing any strength and aggression. The ceremony culminates with the flag-lowering performance (in accordance with the rule that flags must be taken down after sunset every-day). And once that is done, the gates are closed once again, the countries and their futures sealed within the limits of each of their lands. The Wagah or Attari Border was divided in 1947. It has a capacity of around 2,000 people on the Indian side which is watched over by the BSF – or Border Security Force, while Pakistan is guarded by the black-pathani suit clad Sutlej Rangers. During summers the ceremony starts by 5.30 PM while in winters the same happens an hour earlier. It is advisable to reach well in advance to get a nice seat – the closer to the gate you are, the better the view.
Cibin Albin
Wagah Border which is famous as INDO-PAK Border