Wagah Border, Amritsar
About Wagah Border
The most renowned and historically significant border post between India and Pakistan, the Wagha Border is located in the village of Wagha, Amritsar on the Indian side. It is famous for the ‘lowering of flags ceremony’ which involves soldiers from both sides namely the Border Security Force of Indian Army and Pakistan Rangers of Pakistan. In this ceremony, the soldiers of the respect country engage in 'Goose Mraching' in which they life their legs high above in the air. A traditional military drill, it involves intimidating theatrical and colourful movements performed by the respective soldiers as a sign of mutual rivalry, brotherhood and cooperation among both countries. Everyday in the even hundreds of tourists, domestic as well as international gather to witness this spectacle. In the evening, this 30-minute practice is highly entertaining and outstanding portrayal of national pride. Many cultural events are also organised at the end of the drill.
A place where two nations and its people meet, Wagha border is the most historically important landmarks of the both India and Pakistan which showcases the age old tradition 'lowering the flags' ceremony.
Wagah (Urdu: واہگہ, Shahmukhi Punjabi: واہگہ) or Wahga is a village and union council (UC 181) located in the Wahga Zone of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The town is famous for the Wagah border ceremony and also serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India. Wagah is situated 600 metres (2,000 ft) west of the border and lies on the historic Grand Trunk Road between Lahore and Amritsar in India. The border is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Lahore and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Amritsar. It is also 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the bordering village of Attari.