Attari village around 30 kms away from Amritsar is the one closest to India-Pakistan border & witnesses lowering of flag everyday just before sunset. It shares the border with Wagah which is 23km from Lahore in Pakistan.
This beating retreat ceremony on India-Pakistan border is to formally close the border for the night and take-off the National Flag of both nations. Ceremony takes place at 4:30 PM during winter & 5 PM during summer. Tuk-tuks are available from Jallianwala Bagh on sharing basis. Taxi can also be booked from travel agents on heritage street. Admission gates open at 2:30 PM for general public.
Ceremony starts with dance performances on patriotic songs followed by soldiers marching & raising their legs as high as possible. At the time of the retreat the border looks like a battleground, as the procession is conducted with loud shouts and heavy foot stomping by the soldiers. This lasts for an hour & is an unforgettable experience.
Where did I shop:
Katra Jaimal Singh Market is a wholesale market located 850m away from Jallianwala bagh. There are many shops selling Phulkari dupattas, dresses & sarees at reasonable prices.
Where did I eat:
You cannot leave Amritsar without experiencing dhaba food. I visited Kesar Da Dhaba whose food tradiion goes back to 100 years & offer very limited menu. Their lassi is one of the best in Amritsar.
Another iconic dhaba located on heritage street close to old town hall is Bharwan Da Dhaba. Aloo kulchas, parathas, rajma chawal are must try.
I tried some sweets from Krishna Mishtan Bhandar on heritage street & those were lip smacking.
This golden city has unique experiences in terms of culture, food, shopping everything you can think of.