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AMRITSAR –WAGAH BORDER


The Wagah border, often called the "Berlin wall of Asia", is a ceremonial border on the India–Pakistan Border where each evening there is a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags', which has been held since 1959. At that time there is an energetic parade by the Border Security Force (B.S.F) of India and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. It may appear slightly aggressive and even hostile to foreigners but in fact the parades are imitating the pride and anger of a Cockerel. Troops of each country put on a show in their uniforms with their colorful turbans. Border officials from the two countries sometimes walk over to the offices on the other side for day to day affairs. The happenings at this border post have been a barometer of the India-Pakistan relations over the years. Samjhauta Express, the train service between Lahore and Delhi, plies twice a week from Attari railway station, 5 km from Wagah. The National Highway of India starts from Wagah Border, and is the transit point for the Delhi–Lahore Bus service operating within the Punjab between Amritsar and Lahore, which was started in 2004 as relations between the two countries improved.

The Proceedings of the Beating the Retreat ceremony

This is a daily military practice carried out by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers. There is a drill which is characterised by elaborate and rapid dance-like manoeuvres. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the countries followed by the perfectly coordinated lowering of the flags. As the suns sets, the iron gates are opened and then the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers of both the sides. it is followed by the closing of the gates.
The ceremony takes place for 45 minutes and Is carried out before sunset. During winters, the ceremony starts at 4:15 PM and during summer it begins from 4:45 PM.
Tips
1. Photography is not allowed in the border area.
2. There are jammers in the surrounding areas and thus no mobile phone services are available.

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