Located at a distance of 22 km from Lahore and 28 km from Amritsar, Wagah Border marks the boundaries between Indian and Pakistani borders. It runs along the Grand Trunk Road between Amritsar in Punjab, India, and Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. People from all over the country visit this place to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony that is held every day before sunset. This ceremony includes the closing of the international gates and lowering the flags of both countries. It is a spectacle to be witnessed and is an occasion where the heart of every Indian is filled with pride and enthusiasm. The flag ceremony has been conducted by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers since 1959.
Every evening, just before the sunset, the soldiers from the Indian and Pakistan military meet at this border post to engage in a 30-minute display of military camaraderie and showmanship. Officially, the purpose of the ceremony is to formally close the border for the night and lower the national flag. However, it is an entertainment ceremony and a display of national pride for the thousands of people who come here every day. During the build-up to the ceremony, the crowd witnesses national anthem chanting, rounds of applause and Bollywood-style dancing on Hindi songs.
People from both sides visit the Wagah border. The crowd is more on the weekend with people sitting in the stands and applauding the soldiers performing the ceremony. Seating arrangements are enabled for the spectators so that they can watch the ceremony. On both sides of the border, there is a massive gate which is inscribed as "Swarn Jayanti Dwar". A panoramic landscape of Wagah can be witnessed by climbing on top of this gate. Visiting the Wagah Border and experiencing the Beating Retreat ceremony is utterly gripping, one which leaves you full of pride and patriotism!
The Beating Retreat Ceremony starts at 4:15 PM in winter and 5:15 PM in summer. It lasts for about 45 minutes. Not everyone can get in, so you need to arrive at least an hour before the ceremony. The border gate remains open from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, but you don't need to arrive before 3:00 PM to witness the ceremony.
Attari-Wagah Border | Attari, Amritsar 143001, India
Suggested duration: 5-6 Days
Open and Closing Time
Visit Timing: morning 2:30 am to 10 pm at night
Entry Fee: Fee Entry
There are jammers in the areas surrounding the Wagah Border, and thus no mobile phone services are available.
There is a mad rush at the entrance gate but once you get through you are taken to the appropriate stands. At the entrance gate, women must queue on the right and men on the left.
Proper seating arrangements are made for the visitors. Select seats are reserved for women, while general seating is allowed for the men. The entire place is constructed like a stadium. So, you get a similar view irrespective of where you happen to get a seat.
There are separate stands for the foreign tourists. It is the second-best seat, just behind the VIPs. If you are a foreign national, don't forget to carry your passport to claim this seat.
Cameras are permitted. You are not allowed to carry bags, whether large or small. Lockers are available to keep your belongings at the cost of INR 50. They are available beside the entrance gate.
Food stalls are also located close to the entrance which serves bottled water and some snacks.
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Distance between Amritsar Railway Station and Wagah Border is 17.4 miles or 15.1 nautical miles.
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Interesting facts about Wagah Border
1He was born on November 13, 1780, and passed away on June 27, 1839.
At the time of the retreat, the border looks like a battleground, as the procession is conducted with loud shouts and heavy foot stomping by the soldiers. A form of marching where soldiers lift up their legs very high is known as “Goose Marching”. This procession continues for 45 minutes.
The Wagah Border Ceremony, more popularly known as Beating Retreat Ceremony, was started in 1959. The purpose of "Wagah Border Ceremony" is to formally close the border for the night and take-off the National Flag of both nations. The Flag Lowering Ceremony is done daily before sunset. However, this is an entertainment ceremony but displayed as patriotic performance every day.
During Wagah Border Ceremony; National Anthem is played, slogans of patriotism and dance are also performed on Bollywood songs. Apart from this, sometimes cultural programs are also organized. In this ceremony, people from other countries of the world along with Indian citizens participate.
The Wagah Border Ceremony is a military practice carried out by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers. This ceremony is organized every day since 1959. But when the warlike situation or border dispute between the two countries intensifies this ceremony is postponed for some days.