Visiting The Wagah Border Ceremony From Pakistan And India
Due to the long-lasting conflicts, it is no wonder that the border shares between India and Pakistan are always very sensitive. Wagah border, which is 32 kilometers from the city of Amritsar is one such border. However, the place is even more exceptional as it is well-known for a dramatic ceremony of lowering national flags in both countries, which attracts influxes of locals and tourists although it takes place everyday of the year. The Wagah Border ceremony, formally known as Beating the Retreat or Flag Retreat Ceremony occurs just before sunset at the part of the Grand Trunk Road in Wagah that was the only road connecting between India and Pakistan. The ceremony is performed by soldiers of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers. It's carefully choreographed, and involves much planning and coordination between the two countries. The soldiers are specially appointed and trained for the performance. After soldiers from both sides march to the border gates, both gates will be opened then The Flag Lowering Ceremony begins. The flags are lowered at the same time. The soldiers retrieve and fold the flags, the gate slams shut, and a trumpet sounds the end of the ceremony. The soldiers then return with their country's respective flag. The Wagah Border ceremony is more exhilarating by its distinctive highlight that soldiers carry out an astonishing high kick competition, with legs almost touching their foreheads, to the blaring of patriotic songs, the amazing applause, and cheers of the crowd. The Wagah Border ceremony is finally concluded with a brisk handshake by soldiers from both sides. This is not only merely a reverent ceremony but also a special symbol of never-ending rivalry and brotherhood of India and Pakistan. Hence witnessing the one-and-only border ceremony is well-worth your time heading out of Amritsar for a great afternoon side excursion.