“19th May 2018”, we were four friends when an abrupt plan hit our mind and we made a plan to visit “Wagah Border” it’s been 3 years now since we visited there still the memories of the place is clear and now on this 75th Independence Day, I thought let’s help people to know more about the place and explore through words. How does this place look like?
Where is Wagah?
Wagah is a village and union council located in the Wagah Zone of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is famous for its “Wagah Border Ceremony” and also serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India. Wagah is at 600 meters (2,000 ft) west of the border. It lies on India’s historic Grand Trunk Road between Lahore and Amritsar. The border is located 24 km from Lahore and 32 km from Amritsar. It is also 3 km from the bordering village of Attari. The Wagah ceremony takes place every evening.
When we made a plan, we had no idea that we were going to witness one of the best border ceremonies in the world. We took a sharing auto from the Golden temple and visited the border area. Frankly speaking, it was a great pleasure to see such a crowd in the ceremony area. As a kid I only heard the name “Wagah Border” it was in front of me. On the other hand, we were all surprised to see “Pakistan” in front of us. Obviously, the rival country from whom we fought countless wars and still fighting was in front of us and we were doing the ceremony. All I can say is that it was all mixed feelings.
On that particular day, Wagah Border witnessed the largest crowd of that month and we were lucky to be part of it.
The border crossing name came from Wagah village, near which the Radcliffe Line. The boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of British India was drawn. At the time of independence in 1947, migrants from India entered Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station is 400 meters (1,300 ft) to the south and 100 meters (330 ft) from the border. Also, thousands of Muslim migrants entered India through this route.
Border crossing ceremony
The Wagah-Attari border ceremony happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day. The flag ceremony is conducted by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers. It is similar to the retreat ceremonies at Ganda Singh Wala/Hussainiwala border crossing and Mahavir/Sadqi International Parade Ground border crossing. A marching ceremony, known as the “Silly Walk ceremony”, is conducted each evening along with the flag ceremony. The ceremony started in 1986 as an agreement of peace, although there was not a conflict at that time. Other Middle Eastern nations have adopted similar ceremonies in recent years.
This abrupt plan to visit this place and experience the energy of our armed forces was quite amazing. From that day I never ignore any chance to visit our treasures.
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