Monday, August 13, 2012

Wagah Border ~ celebrating Indianess Everyday

Wagah Border, in Punjab, India, is the only border road  crossing between the countries of India and Pakistan. Lying on the historic Grand Trunk Road, near the holy city of sikhism, Amritsar, it is a fully operative border through which people and cargo move between the two countries.

Every evening, before sunset, the armed forces of the respective countries take part in a joint and elaborate 'lowering of the flag ceremony
For me as an Indian, coming here and witnessing the ceremony was an amazing patriotic experience and a deeper understanding into the hard work that our Indian armed forces put in to keep our country safe everyday!!

This is the main Wagah border gate between India and Pakistan.

The 'lowering the flag' ceremony is open to all civilians and visitors, though one has to abide by the rules & regulations of the armed forces, at the border and also during the whole ceremony.

This is first gate, called 'Swarn Dwar' while approaching Wagah border.

The crowds are seen to be believed, and this kinda crowd is there every day, 365 days a year!!!

Our Indian Army ropes in the visitors too, for a show of patriotism.

 There is dancing to patriotic songs, even the most reticent and the elderly join in the fun!!

And then the Indian Army takes over, but it's always Ladies' first here too!!!

And then the boys join in.....

lot of marching and foot stomping..we are the best, that's why!!!


Can you go as high as me...our Indian soldier seems to be indicating to the Pakistani compatriot!!

Both sides gathered at the gate ready for the main ceremony.

While a dapper soldier keeps the crowds in control..believe me, the patriotic fervor really gets out of hand sometimes!!

Flags of both India and Pakistan being lowered.

and end of showtime!!!

If one is visiting Amritsar, a trip to Wagah border is a must. It takes only an hour from Amritsar by car/bus or auto rickshaw. 

So, go indulge in some patriotic fervor at Wagah Border!!!


p.s. you can also read my post on trip to Amritsar here

33 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Would love to head here and witness this patriotic event. The place looks as crowded as a cricket stadium. Nice article Sushmita.

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Outside Looking In said...

Wow, this is very interesting! I really enjoyed the pictures! Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Would you like to follow each other?

P.N. Subramanian said...

The daily drill by our BSF Jawans is really worth seeing. Although I have not been there personally, I could infer from what is contained in your post by way of nice pictures and commentary. I have seen few videos.

Joop Zand said...

Nice serie have you made.....i love this very much.

Greetings, Joop

Ritika said...

Nice post and I really liked the title! :)
Cheers to Independence..
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magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

Jai Hind!!

Genie said...

Omg, this is so cool! I can't believe that crowd, and to lower the flags and celebrate every night sounds like something that I'd love to experience. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, I really appreciate it, hopefully I'll see you back soon!

xoxo,
Genie


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SJ said...

wow great pictures. Such great way to celebrate Independence day

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Mareta Kusumaningrum said...

I have plan go wagah border next year, it is allow to bring big camera there? i read the security stuff little bit difficult?

Sabyasachi Patra | Tales from Wild India said...

When I had gone to Wagah border a few years back, I had taken my SLR. However, I was a bit late, so could not get proper angle to shoot. I don't think getting a professional SLR with lenses will be a problem.

Swati Murti said...

I went to another border near faridkot...not sure if its wagah or not but it was inspiring :)

aki! said...

I never thought that something like this could be an attraction! Definitely learned something today.

Richa said...

Had just heard about this ceremony. But had not anticipated the crowd and the elaboration in this ceremony which you say is held everyday. Will make it a point to visit if I get a chance!

Absolutely Mrs. K said...

wow it looks amazing and look at the crowd! and how beautiful is that sunset, i don't think i have ever seen such a sunset in real life

Pattu Raj said...

I have seen many photo features of this palce, but this is superb. Thanks for sharing.

TexWisGirl said...

the soldiers are interesting! happy india independence day today! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Very interesting pictures!

George said...

Thanks for sharing this impressive ceremony with us. I can only imagine the thrill you must have felt seeing it in person.

Nikita Banerjee Bhagat said...

Lovely pictures! :)

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Shrinidhi Hande said...

Nice. thanks for detailed photos and write up. Should visit the border once

indu chhibber said...

So nice of you to show us Wagha Border through your wonderful pictures-it was a real treat-- i must see it one day.

D.Nambiar said...

What a great experience that must have been! It was great seeing these pictures. :) Happy Independence day, Sush.

Santa said...

Sushmita, the photographs are wonderful. I have seen Wagha a cpl of times and have really enjoyed the energy there. Do try and visit Husainiwala as well. This is 12 km from Firozpur, Punjab. There are no crowds there and you can get better pics there.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Sush
Thanks for sharing these spectacular pics of the fascinating daily routine at Wagah !

Krithi Mithun Marla said...

hey u got good shots ..i think u went early there ...when i went there ,i was late and cudnt get a goood seat :((

rupam sarma said...

Awesome photos and post. Thank you.

ashok said...

ive heard so much abt this ceremonial event at the border...nice pics...

JM said...

This is amazing! I've seen a couple of times on tv.

goatman said...

It gladdens my heart to see that somewhere people are getting along with each other. Now if we could only teach that to governments?!

Subha Manoj said...

Really nice post :) Would love to visit some time. And ya, nice pics too!

bnomadic said...

The parade from Pakistan side of Wagah is also worth a watch. Interesting captures.

Hemali Vedpathak said...

Even I had been to Wahah Border on 15th August 2012. It was an amazing experience to be there on Independence Day. The thrill and excitement was to the core. Great blog.

Mukesh Singh said...

I visited wagah border back in 2002...I vividly remember how my heart was filled with patriotic feeling on hearing the bharat maata ki jai slogans... tx for sharing the post :)


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