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Wagha Border in Amritsar

The 1947 partition of India and Pakistan led to the marking of a long white line that defines the Wagah Border between the two neighbours, separated by two heavy gates about 2 meters apart on either side.

The closing ceremony at Wagah Border, also known as 'lowering of the flags' ceremony, is a daily martial custom that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers). This interesting ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah Border.

As the sun starts to set, Wagah Border comes alive with an incredible zeal and an unmistakable nationalist energy on both sides. The show starts off with the playing of patriotic songs and remembering the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. The crowd cheers on by calling out ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.

The high decibel flag-lowering performance at Wagah Border is a true spectacle and attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as foreigners. It definitely is a must see when in Amritsar!

One can visit the Wagah Border throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the city of Amritsar is during the months of October to March, as the weather is cool and pleasant. But the ceremony takes a whole new level on 15th of August.

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Location:
Amritsar
Punjab, India
Best time to visit Amritsar: 
Jan, 
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Ticket / Cost / Expenses:
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Time people usually spend here:
5 hours
Latitude / Longitude:
31.6024331°N, 74.5741870°E
Distance from Amritsar city center to Wagha Border
-- km
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Opening and Closing Timings:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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Read traveller's reviews about Wagha Border..

Overall Rating:4.6

reviews
  '5' out of 5
". (01/05/2016) Awesome place and amazing display of pride and honour. Beating retreat ceremony at this check post was the highlight of our trip. The ceremony is conducted everyday before sunset and it attracts large crowds of people belonging to different age groups and foreign nationals. The atmosphere grows patriotic, full of enthusiasm and excitement by the time ceremony begins. No bags are allowed beyond the check post and therefore, it is better to leave them behind in your vehicle. Although the ceremony starts around 4.15 PM in winter and 4.45 PM in summer, it is better to reach in advance around 3.00 - 3.30 PM in order to avail a good seat close to ceremony location. Entry is absolutely free. After the ceremony, people are allowed to approach the gate for taking pictures. Despite enjoying every moment spent there, it was disheartening to notice that VIP culture, which India is well known for all over the world, has crept through all the way to this border as you can see special section near gate reserved for VIPs and other one for VIP pass holders. One of the best border force presentations I've been to! The feeling of attending this kind of ceremony is beyond description."
  '5' out of 5
"One can't simply afford to visit this place in life. Beware of thiefs on the way"
  '1' out of 5
"APNE MAZHAB KO SIYASAT SE BACHALO MANDIR , MASJID KABHI FURSAT MAIN BANALENA , JO NAFARAT SE TOOTE HAI VHO GHAR THO BANALO .... "
  '5' out of 5
"What a superb experiance.. Yeh.! Once a time ..u feel urself as a big patroitic valuable person.. Grear job by our Indian Aramy.. Salute them .hats off..!!"
  '5' out of 5
"°°Jai Hind-Jai Bharat-Bharat Mata Ki Jai°°"

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Content of this page was last updated at Sep 24, 2016