Recently, I made a trip to Wagah Border which is an Indian check post on the border with Pakistan. It is the only road border between the two countries & is situated on Grand Trunk Road in Punjab. The border came into being at the time of Independence when the Britishers drew the line of Radcliffe, which took ample of innocent lives on both sides.
The Radcliffe Line separated the Wagah village into eastern i.e. India and western parts i.e. Pakistan. Wagah Border has become a famous tourist spot & a Beating Retreat Ceremony is held every day before the sunset. The lowering of the flags ceremony is being conducted by Indian BSF & Pakistan Rangers since 1959. People on both sides attend the ceremony with great enthusiasm and zeal. Visitors from both of the countries cheer the soldiers, chant national slogans and wave the flags of their nation.
The ceremony is a symbolic display of harmony and state of ties between the two countries. The ceremony has been called off during tensions between the two countries. On witnessing the parade, you will feel a lot of energy & aggressiveness among the soldiers of both countries, though latter has been toned down a lot during years. I was amused to know that the soldiers are paid additionally for having a large beard and moustache. On entering the premises of border, you will go through a huge gate which is popular as ‘Swarn Jayanti Dwar’.
Tips For Visitors-
- There will be no network service in the area due to security reasons.
- Any kind of luggage, purse, food is not allowed inside the premises of border.
- The ceremony takes place for 45 minutes and there are reserved seats for VIP & international tourists.
- The most accessible way to reach Wagah Border is via private taxi or car.
- Visit during winter, to fully enjoy the ceremony.
On our way back to home from Wagah Border to New Delhi, we went to the holiest shrine of Sikhs, the Golden Temple to give oneself before the Guru & to bow before Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The divinity of this place had a spell on us, that we tend to forget all our fatigue & pain. The dip in the holy water of the Sarovar left a charm on my face and personality.
After coming back to my city, I realized that I got a suntan on my face, neck, hands. Now I guess I’ll have to stay at home for few days to avoid the sun and to remove tan. I hope you enjoyed this journey along with me.
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