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Wagah Border
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

The entry starts around 4pm and the ceremony starts at 5.00p.m. There is a big crowd there so it is better to reach early around 4pm so that you can get good place to observe the ceremony. Near the border and sitting area there are enough shops for eating and liquids so you can easily go early and watch the whole proceeding.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

The change of the guards at Wagah Border is a weird and funny display of patriotism. Thousands of Indians definitely go crazy while watching the show. As a foreigner, I had a hard time connect to all the patriotic behavior, but it is definitely fun to watch the crowd. Unfortunately, it is kind of overcrowded. The ride to get to Wagah Border from Amritsar is quite long and be prepared to stand in waiting lines for hours. Still nor sure, whether the change of the guards is a must see...

3  Thank Reg W
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The Wagha Border beating the retreat ceremony makes you feel patriotic. Well orchestrated in grand fashion , controlling the packed galleries, the runs to the gate with the flag and synchronizing the parade when the gates open - the BSF soldiers do the grand job with ease in their impressive uniforms. It was quite an experience for us to sit in the VIP seats and watch the joint Indo-Pakistan border spectacle. I only wish the stadium had been built in such a manner so everyone could get a view of the gates. People in the general stand could hardly see the ceremony from a distance. Although the crowd on the Pakistan side was very thin even then it gave the ceremony the air of festivity. A most memorable event.
The ceremony began just before the sunset and hence there are no specific timings. It starts early in winters and late in summers. The Border Security Force commences the flag lowering ceremony half hour prior to sunset at both sides (India and Pakistan).
The foreign tourists are given VIP passes on arrival. Indian tourists will have to arrange for it in advance through BSF to see the parade real close and at the same time do not have to wait in the queue for hours amidst an unruly crowd.
Wagah Border – an added tour during visit to Amritsar – Do the honors !!!!!!!!

6  Thank UDAY C
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

My husband and I, ended our one day in Amritsar with the weirdest free show in the world. Right outside Amritsar is Attari which shares it's border with Wagah, Pakistan.

Every evening before sunset, at least 40,000 or more people gathers there (on just India side, more gathers on the Pakistan side) to watch both countries' military strut their stuff through music and dance and weird moves that suspiciously looked like peacock mating dance. know it sounds weird but hang on.

When Greg (my husband) and I reached there with another Canadian and one American tourist, there were already people queueing up. As people living outside India, we got special seats close to the border right beside the diplomats and military honchos, while they stuck Indian people in separate male and female area far behind. But we only felt sorry for them until the performance started. Which sounds horrible but there you have it.

They started the performance with Bollywood patriotic songs midley (all dance numbers including Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire) and everyone started dancing and clapping as if a big street frat party. Obviously I joined in. On the other hand, Pakistan side were very subdued watching us dancing like loons...

Then the real performance began. Among screams of patriotic slogans, two female officers marched and opened the ceremony on India side. But of course, three were no female military personnel on Pakistan side. Then came 5 really tall military men who looked funny in their fanned out hats. They marched to the gate with such crotch-splitting high kicks that at one time we thought they'd kick their own forehead with their boots. Not to be outdone, on the other side, Pakistani military were doing their own crotch-splitting high kicks. Once they reach the gate, they shook their shoulders and strutted their stuff (in Greg's words Rock, paper, scissor style to see who wins), pulled down Pakistani and Indian flag in crisscross pattern exactly at the same time, did a perfunctory handshake and then slammed the border gate on each other's face.

One thoroughly entertained English tourist, munching popcorn (yes, they sell popcorn and drinks for the show at the border), lamented why they don't do it at the England/Scotland border in a English ballet/Scottish reel sort of way...

One American, on the other hand, exclaimed, "So that's why Bollywood movies have so many songs... They even dance at their supposed enemy's border"...

After the show, Greg bought a jumbo bottle of beer at less than a dollar (about 95 cents or so) from a shack close to the border and drank it the way back. All in one something to chalk up in the memory as an entertaining end to our day.

6  Thank Tia M
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

We were amazed to see all the presentations. Enjoyed every moment in the vip area. When get opened I got this special felling that may not be today but one day I will be buying lands on the opposite side and my children will build their farm houses with other Indians. Amen
Jai hind

5  Thank nishank s
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