The Wagah or Wahga Border, Amritsar, Punjab

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Wagah is a village situated near a road border crossing, goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India, and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

The border is situated 24 kms from Lahore and about 32 kms from Amritsar and 3kms away from Atari, the bordering village. Wagah is renowned by the name Wahga in Pakistan. Near this village the line of partition of India was drawn. About 600 meters East of the this village only India and Pakistan had been divided by the Radcliffe line, the boundary demarcation line. This Radcliffe line even divided the Wagah village into two parts, the eastern part went to India and the western part went to the newly born Pakistan. The Wagah rail station is situated approx 400 meters to South.

It is said in 1947, at the time of independence, the migrants from India (subcontinent) entered into the Pakistan of present day. The border crossing is known as Atari border crossing in India (by the name of the village Atari) and as Wahga Border in Pakistan. The village Atari lies 500 meters east of the border line within Indian territory.

The border is treated as the International border checkpoint between the countries. All the real country lovers, the great patriots could not help but saw the bloodshed of the motherland partition and broke into tears, still remind us of that day..! They were helpless. It hurts. It really force sometimes to think that what really led this partition happen? Is it really hatred! Will it ever melt or evaporate forever?

Every day millions of people come to this place from across the world at sunset. Flag retreat ceremony is celebrated here throughout the year. Even thousands of people from East and West of the border to see. We reached a little after 4PM. The place was overcrowded. There are separate seats for man, woman and foreigners. You can hire taxi or jeep to reach there.

Reaching there was a great feeling. May be it was due to the aura of patriotic songs played there made the environment all fantastic, I can't explain in words. People march on the road holding the flag. People from both the countries who are soldiers make procession and shout very loud. The soldiers get permission to march on road from their commanders. The energetic precision is done by the clinical military which lasts for about 45 minutes. The Indian soldiers from BSF (Border Security Force) are seen in Khakhi and Pakistani 'Sutlej Ranger' soldiers are seen in black.

At Wagah Bordea gate

But instead of that great noise of their shout and sound of boots, one can sense a great pin drop silence. Because people i.e. the visitors or spectators become very quiet, may be they watch the ceremony very carefully. The soldiers reach towards the gate marching to the respective flags that are flying high at same height. They solute the other soldiers and lowered down the flags with respect and then brought that back. While lowering the flag it makes the symmetrical "X" at some point. Then they carefully folded the flag. Gates were shut. Then the announcement was done that the ceremony ended. So the soldiers marched back with their respective flag.

When the ceremony ended it started raining. And the patriotic songs were being played. We took some clicks with some soldiers and talked a bit. Sharing the pics. And yes, We also bought CD/DVD from there of the entire flag ceremony and procession.

the soldier

Problems we faced there was the traffic jam just after the ceremony, and cell phone signal.


Guest Author: Dara Singh18 Jul 2016

Wagah is a must visit destination in India. Visiting Wagah border makes you an emotional attachment with India.

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