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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.
Mohit Choudhary
Wagah border situated at wagah village of amritsar where every evening (5 pm) flag ceremony is held between India and Pakistan.You must see this ceremony if you are in punjab. You will find a energetic environment around you. The Army men walks around and compete the parade with Pakistan. You will surely feel pround on Indian Army.You will not have to pay anything for the ceremony but keep a water bottle with you because it lasts for 2-3 hr.
Mayank Pathak
Now with the sun above our heads, humidity soaring higher than my senior secondary percentage. Weather was cloudy with a chance of boiling. We knew we needed something refreshing. But first, suns cream. After spoiling ourselves with thick layers of suns cream, our resort from the heat was a delicious Kulfi. We weren't feeling like eating anything so we skipped a proper lunch for now. The Gurudwara offered us a light lunch though, made of Kali daal and chapati which we eat for energy. Chalking out our next course of action, we decided on completing the checklist tourism we were opting for so far by going to the Wagah border.Now here's where I can give you my advice, do not take an auto to the Wagah Border. Period. Why? They are painfully slow, the drivers stuff 8 people into one auto (yup), plain uncomfortable. If you still want to book an auto do not pay more than 150 per person to the border and back. After a rather uncomfortable journey on an auto (you guessed it) and an overpriced meal just because hunger decided to hit us when we were halting at a touristy dhaba, we reached the border.From the auto stand it was about a kilometers walk to the entrance, we could see the sign of 'Lahore 23km' in the distance which really brought us back to the fact that we were very close to Pakistan at that point. After reaching the entrance at about 3 only, we decided not to buy anything except water bottles. The gates were to open half past 3 to 4. It was our good luck that the water vendor notified us of the useless act of standing first in the line as there are plenty of seats in the stadium (even the good ones) so it did not sense to stand in the scorching sun for hours for that. The crowd, initially huge when lining up, now thinned out and we decided it was time we make the shift.After a slew of stringent security checkups for obvious reasons we reached the entrance of the stadium which spelled INDIA in a grand fashion. You can only take camera and water bottles with you, rest all will be confiscated. Remember, you don't need to buy everything in the beginning only. Outside the stadium gates are several vendors and BSF shops selling eatables, souvenirs and water. So better not listen to anyone who says they are not, it is just a common money making trip.Found ourselves the best seats we thought are there, geared ourselves for the long wait of 2 hours in the burning heat of the afternoon. Since it was a weekend, we saw the crowd increase minute by minute until the stadium was not much shy of it's comfortable full capacity. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm and eagerness within them was never ending! Soon, the program started and the crowd roared to the instructor's signs and patriotic songs which were constantly playing in the background. I, however, sometimes drifted away and glanced over to the other side, a boy with just one leg was performing marches back and forth. It was very interesting and different, contrary to civilians running with the Indian national flag on this side.The ceremony took a good hour and closed majestically with the flags coming down for the day. And as they, descended from the greatness of their history and past and into the darkness of the night. We knew it was time, we had completed a complete day in Amritsar. Sweating and exhausted beyond belief, I found myself dangerously dozing by the window seat of the auto up until we reached Amritsar.
4V
I had been waiting desperately to visit Wagah Border lying between Pakistan and India.There is a Flag Raising and Lowering ceremony at Wagah Border done with pomp and show. We reached there in time but we're astonished to see the assembled crowds in both sides of the border. Seating arrangements were made for spectators. The ceremony commenced with young girls from both the sides carrying the Indian tricolour and running towards each other propagating the message of women empowerment. The cheering crowd at both sides added to the patriotic fervour. The energy exuded by the people was palpable.This was followed by a lot of tall soldiers in big turbans goose stepping about and slamming gates. Both sides had synchronised their parades. As the sun set, the iron gates at the border opened and a handshake between soldiers with imposing stature from both sides.The ceremony was a spectacle to behold. Incessant travelling had enervated us. We returned home, returned to bed and left for Delhi the next day. The trip was definitely an informative and rejuvenating at the same time. Every Indian ought to visit Amritsar at least one to experience those winds of patriotism that have been blowing in the city since decades.
the_homo_sapien
Wagha border as we all know it as the border between our country India and our neighbouring country Pakistan, is an amazing place  to experience and see the energy of the people towards our nation. The daily evening parade starts by 4pm and continues for an hour. It's a big stadium like place where you get a place to sit on a first come first serve basis.
Pooja Shah
Wagah border is approx 30 kms from Amritsar. We reached Wagah border within an hour and there is a 1 km walk from the bus stand. On your way you will see a direction board which will say Lahore is 23 kms from there. (Please don’t dare an attempt to reach there:p)
Pooja Shah
Day 6 - Visit Wagah Border and ShoppingNext day morning we headed towards Wagah border with the same city tour bus with few different set of people
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.