Tourism: Wagah Attari Border- A Newer Tourist Destination Of Attraction

Owing to the sweetening of the relations in between both the countries- India and Pakistan, Wagah border has become so much popular amongst the tourists that the caravans of busloads of tourists arrive here daily in the evening to watch the flag lowering ceremony. Let’s watch this flag ceremony meanwhile through the description of this dissertation below until you personally go visiting the place.

Wagah is situated at the India Pakistan border near Amritsar. This place was formerly confined to the newspapers and people used to go there sometimes due to political reasons merely

Tourists come in hoards to visit this place in the evening just to watch the India-Pakistan Wagah border very funny flag lowering ceremony at the wagah Attari border. This has become now a favourite tourist place of greater attraction than what it formerly was when the relationship between the two countries were strained. Some evenings, the numbers of the visiting tourists increase from 20000 to 25000.

International border

About at a distance of some 30 km from Amritsar, there is the India- Pakistan border situated at a place known as Wagah. Which is situated at the Grand Trunk road (GT Road) built by Sher Shah Suri. As for that, numerous borders are built up at several different places bordering Indian- Pakistani territory, but wagah border is significant more them all because this is the place where the massive business exchanges between the two countries take place the most compared to other border lines. This centre is significant also from the point of views because this also is the commutable centre ranking no.-1 amongst all the borders. One special feature of this place is that there also is the Attari connecting the Railway Station near by the border which the border station of the nearest Rail link connecting Amritsar and Lahore from where chugs the train between India and Pakistan christened as 'Samjhauta Express'.

There is a regular bus, autorikshaw and taxi service running from Amritsar to wagah border which takes normally an hour to reach the Wagah border. On the opposite side of it, people reach here similarly in the same hour from Lahore.

Ceremony at the border

Everyday, during the evening time round, flag lowering ceremony of the most funny and unique manner is conducted which is worth watching.

Numerous audiences from both the countries come to watch this attractive and most popular ceremony daily in hoards. Excitement and bustle begins some 2 & ½ km before the wagah border. There is a crowd of cars, buses, autorikshaws and taxies. Pedestrians also are not lesser in numbers. Vehicles are stopped after coming some distance forward to the border line. Only vehicles with special permits are allowed to move aheadwards. But even the entry to these permit holders are blocked after a they reach to a certain point farther.

There is a gargantuan gate built on the border opposite to which are stationed the Pakistani Rangers in Green uniform while on this side are the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). On this side of the Indian Border is the Indian tricolour and on that side is Pakistani flag in green colour stay hoisted on high poles. There is a barrier and a huge gate exactly in the middle the borders.
At a distance the from the wagah border from both the sides, falling in the India's side is built a stadium of ladders which remains fully occupied. Below, the jawans of BSF are gathered ready for the marching exercises. Patriotic songs keep on blaring from loud speakers. All those children, adults and olds enjoy the scene to the full content of their heart. The congregation of tourists gathered there to witness the ceremony shouting slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Hindustan Jindabad'. To sum up, at the evening time, there pervades everywhere round the place the madness of patriotism.

Somewhat similar scenario prevails on the Pakistani border side. Sloganeering takes place on that side too. Songs keep blaring on and the Pakistani Rangers remain engaged in marching orders. The only difference is that whereas on the Pakistani side, sitting arrangements for ladies and gents are made separate while on the Indian side, both ladies and gents sit together to watch the ceremony.

End ceremony

Loudspeakers are suddenly switched off soon after the sun set. The jawans of both the sides come marching closer to the gate and congregate. They march so virulently exploding their steps on the concrete that it appears to the audiences as if the grounds below their boots would explode.

The jawans lower down their respective flags and lull descends down all around. At last the massive gate is opened up. The Indian and the Pakistani jawans advance forward with a great hurried speed actively and shake hands with each others with great gusto and verve to return back to their respective posts with the same finish. The gate afterwards is closed up and become for once again the mark of the India –Pakistan border lines.

Thus ends up the grand show of the opening up of the gate, shaking of hands of the army authorities of both the sides.

This function is celebrated at the Wagah border with great gusto, pomp and show and deep nationalistic fever. It was once treated and shrugged aside as a routine daily exercise. Since the time, this programme has been made attractive; crowds of people are multiplying day by day to witness the show. Tourist departments on both the sides never forget to include Wagah border into their itinerary.

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