For all Indians & Pakistanis, Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah border is an endorsement of the pride for their country and a great attraction for tourists.
Few places don’t need an introduction, Wagah Border is one such place. Lying between India and Pakistan, this place holds its own importance when it comes to nationalism. Wagah border runs along the Grand Trunk Road between Amritsar India, and Lahore, Pakistan. Apart from being the border between India and Pakistan, Wagah Border has also become an important tourist point for people. The very famous Beating Retreat Ceremony involving military showmanship takes place at the Wagha border. This ceremony is held every day before sunset.
What does the Beating Retreat Ceremony include?
As mentioned above, you can witness this ceremony every day before sunset at the Wagah Border. It begins with the closing of international gates and lowering the flags of both India and Pakistan. This ceremony is conducted under the vigilance and guidance of Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers since 1959.The ceremony was started in the year 1969 and still continues. The rage and passion of the armed forces here is a must watch and is a key point of attraction. Once the ceremony starts the entire ambiance is filed with the raucous sound of patriotism. Patriotic songs rent the air as you wait for the confrontation to begin when tall sentries from each country raise their leg high enough for their boots to touch their headgear and stamp the ground hard enough for the impact to be heard over the cheers of spectators.
As the flags are lowered and folded with respect, the audiences watch in an awed hush. The sound of the pounding boots, the murderous looks exchanged by the soldiers, the brisk handshakes and the loud clang as the gates shut for the day is typical sub-continent showmanship. For all Indians and Pakistanis there, it is an endorsement of the pride they feel for their country.
No one seems to be sure when exactly the flag-lowering ceremony began attracting tourists, but today, galleries constructed on either side can hold up to 20,000 people — the border crossing turns into a full-fledged stadium at sunset.
The border is 22 kilometers away from Lahore 29 kilometers from Amritsar. The military showmanship of the armed forces of both the nations continues for 30 minutes, during which the soldiers of both the nation meet at the border post. The objective behind this ceremony is to officially close the border for the night. But, it has become a great point of attraction for the tourists.
Both sides of the border have a gargantuan gate which is emblazoned with “Swarn Jayanti Dwar”. The national anthem, military showmanship and applauds of the nation completely fill with you immense pride and feeling of patriotism. There is a complete seating arrangement for the visitors so that they can come and enjoy the entire show.
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Cost: No entry fee, but, it will be good if you reach before time to grab your seat.
Open Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. During winters, the ceremony starts at 4:15 PM and 5:15 PM in summers.
If you are looking to head to a calm and serene place which can induce tranquillity and peace in your mind and soul then Amristar is the right place.
If you are looking to head to a calm and serene place which can induce tranquillity and peace in your mind and soul then Amristar is the right place. It is one of the largest city of Punjab and is known to be a religious hub for the Sikh’s who come and worship at the Golden Temple located here. Amritsar is known for its introverted planning system which has unique areas called as Katras.
Although the city has many relics but is best known for Golden Temple. The Golden temple is renowned for its golden dome and is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of the Sikhs. This temple has been carved on 67-ft square marble and is built with 400 kg gold leaf.
If you are visiting Amritsar, then be geared up to visit other places in its vanity. The Golden Temple is surrounded by various famous temples like Durgiana Temple. Here are a few places that you must visit if you visit this holy city-
1. Jallianwala Bagh – If you visit Amritsar, you should never miss a chance to visit this historical place where so many people died in the British era. Although it’s a tragic monument, yet it holds a lot of historical significance. This is the place where Amritsar Massacre of 1919 took place. You can still see the marks of bullets on the walls of Jallianwala Bagh.
2. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum – One of the most renowned and popular kings of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh has a museum in his name. The palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been converted into a museum and is a must visit if you wish to see how glorified and brave this king of Punjab was. The museums display articles, paintings, coins, manuscripts related to the Maharaja.
3. Wagah Border – If you are in Amritsar, save the date and day for a visit to the Wagah Border which is around 29 km from the city. From shouts of patriotism to the powerful show put up by the BSF and Pakistan Rangers, Wagah border will surely add to the enthusiasm of your trip.
Apart from these places, you can also visit, Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib, Chand Baori, Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, ISKCON Amritsar Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda.
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