To witness the Beating Retreat ceremony on the Republic day was once my bucket list and this 26 January 2019 , I ticked it off.
I didn't know about the VIP bookings and therefore had to go through the General line.
* Suggestions .
1. To get a better view of the ceremony VIP passes can be obtained from KHASA village which is 19 km from Amritsar , on the way to Wagah Border .
2. Pick up and drop services will be available via auto (150) , taxi and Double Decker buses.
3. Earphones , chargers , power bank and bags are not allowed inside. There is locker service at the gate.
.... I am from LADAKH and my Roommate is from SIKKIM and our features are somewhat like South Asians . Most of the times people think that we are foriegners like from China or Thailand . So the shopkeepers and drivers charges us way more than the normal fare and we have to haggle a lot . So we always book things which have written fixed price. So this time we finally settled for Double Decker bus ( hop off hop on bus ) which charges us 250 per person ( pick up and drop) .
We boarded the bus at 1:00 pm and took seat at the rooftop . I had such an amazing ride , with winds swinging my hair with a view of Mustard fields everywhere.
After 34km we reached and the first view was Indian and Pakistani Flags standing side to side . I was already having goosebumps.