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PATRIOTISM @ WAGAH

''You can stay in Amritsar & visit the Golden Temple & Jallianwala Bagh. Btw, don't miss the food.''

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : You may have heard of the impressive Wagah border closing ‘Lowering of the flags’ ceremony or The Beating Retreat Ceremony that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed, right since 1959.
Many visitors from within India and abroad make their way to the Wagah Border before sunset to witness this ceremonial spectacle. Cameras in place, gaping tourists view a traditional parade by the soldiers from both the sides of the border, that ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags.
Internationally acclaimed as The beating retreat border ceremony at Wagah Border, the procedure has one infantry personnel standing in attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two nations’ flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brisk handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again.
It’s interesting to note that Wagah is the only road border crossing 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 located at about 22 kms from Lahore and 28 kms from Amritsar.

MUST CARRY : If you wish to go and witness the border ceremony during this season, carry your warm jackets along.


Source / Review By : The Economic Times

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