Road Trip #Wagah Border

Wagah Border

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.

Wagah BorderWagah Border

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.

Wagah Border

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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  1. It looks like a fun road trip! Thanks for sharing this informative post! And nice pictures too! Hopefully I will be able to visit there some day in the future! 🙂

  2. It is a nice blog and a nice country you got. I thank you for the like you left in my own and I hope to see you soon.
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  3. what a great subject for a post – so glad for celebrations that are about overcoming differences in order to seek peaceful relations 🙂

  4. Really interesting to read about your trip to Wagah Border.
    I smiled at you having to stay in for a few days because you have a light suntan whereas in Scotland we are all desperate to become brown and tanned!

    1. That’s because, a girl with her body tanned all over is considered less fashionable, careless, dark skinned, not pretty enough in the fashion world of our country. Whereas a girl with fair, white skin is considered beautiful. I lately realized I got my knee tanned as well due to wearing ripped Jeans for a long time in sun.

      1. Nicely informative (and picturesque) post Falak! 🙂 The above two posters echoed my thoughts… well, i sort of understood your reasoning but was going to make the comments anyway. I love the perverse and diverse nature of human beings and their uniquely localised rules of fashion. What you describe in terms of thoughts on tanning is well reasoned where you come from. Where i come from we think a tan is fashionable and ‘better’ in image terms (and personal status) because it would show that you were not a lowly status person who had to stay indoors and work all day in a factory or office but that you could afford to have holidays in warm sunny climates, unlike our own cold, wet, sunless ones (especially in Winter – if you had a tan in winter it meant you had spent some or all of it somewhere sunny so you were probably wealthier than most). Most people then thought that a tan was a desirable thing as it could give the illusion you were not one of the hard working lower class.

        That’s a little strange as in earlier times the upper classes used to powder their faces white so as not to appear like a poor farm worker who spent all their time in the ‘sun’ or wind in the fields while tending the land owners crops. Fashion changes with the times and with the location/cultures, i guess 🙂


  5. Fantastic and informative write. I only read about these wonderful places, but hope to visit one day. I had come to know about the magnificent Golden Temple from ‘Rab De Bana Di Jodi’.

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