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“Go early for a good place, or book a VIP pass online”
Review of Wagah Border

Wagah Border
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Reviewed October 16, 2015

Everyone has read about how this is a must visit at least once. I agree. Even though the whole routine is highly dramatized, the place is charged with enthusiasm and outside of a cricket ground, this is the only other place where patriotism is seen in its full glory. I want to focus on the practical/logistics of this visit.

The place is outside of Amritsar, and if you are going there in the summers, taking an AC car is worth every penny. It was 45 degrees when we went, and while we considered taking an auto (because it was half the price of the cab), we are glad we went in the car. It took a good 45 mins in car to navigate the traffic and really bad roads; and would have taken much longer and would have been a really bumpy ride had we taken an auto.

The car drops you off at the parking after which there is a 1.5 kms watch to the place where the ceremony is held. you can take a cycle rickshaws to cover a short portion of this distance for Rs. 20 per person. for physically challenged or elder people, there are golf carts which will take you to the security check-point. the golf cart service is also sometimes given to foreigners (there seemed to be no rule around it). you are not allowed to carry any bags, but you can carry a camera, small wallet and a water bottle in your hand. i did not see any lockers around, so make sure any large pieces of luggage/bags you have are kept in the car.

there are multiple seating areas - one is a free area on first come first served basis. get here really early if you want to get a good seat. then there is one area for indians with VIP passes (which can be booked online for a fee) and a VVIP area which is very close to the actual border. Not sure if the VVIP area can be booked or is only for dignitaries. There is a foreigner section between the VIP & VVIP areas. if you are an indian visiting with a foreigner, you will need a VIP pass in order to sit with your friend, else you will be directed to the general section.

The ceremony started almost an hour late. it is very important to take a scarf/hat if you are visiting in the summer.

Date of experience: September 2015
19  Thank 12Amu12
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Reviewed October 15, 2015

Going to Amritsar there are two things that are a must do and this is one - the Retreat Ceremony at the Wagah Border (the other is the Golden Temple. We had our guide and driver take us out there for the sunset flag ceremony. As a foreigner you will need to carry your passport, no bags allowed but water is so bring that. You need to walk about a kilometre from the car park through 3 security check points to get to the VIP section for foreigners. Then the fun starts. The build up is people lining up to run up and down with the Indian Flag. My sister did it - I think the only 72 year old westerner to do such a thing and the crowd loved her. Then all the women get to dance and you can join in that as well. Then the serious bit starts with amazing marching of the guards on both sides. Indians wear red and brown uniforms and the Pakistani's were the same but in blue. Its the best fun for free you will have in Amritsar. Don't miss this.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Gemm_MV
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Reviewed October 15, 2015

Wow ! what a enthusiasm !!

I have never seen such parade anywhere. Once you will start watching, you can’t leave in between. This is happening everyday but still you will not find place to stand proper. If you come bit early then don’t worry, you will love to see the dancing and other programs .

Place – Border area and vehicles are not allowed so quite calm
Start Time – evening time half an hour before sunset everyday
Parking – Parking is available 1 km before the place and you have to walk with many checking process
Food – available 1 km before
Water – you should take at-least 1-2 bottle drinkable water
Luggage - You can’t carry luggage or heavy hand bag
Camera/video – allowed
Best time – Nov to Mar

Try to find parking in starting row because when you will be back you won’t find way to come out for an hour or so.

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank Samrendra20
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Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is about 30 km from main city. Easily accessible by taxi or auto. The closing ceremony at Wagah Border, also known as 'lowering of the flags' ceremony, is a custom that India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have followed since 1959. This interesting ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah Border.Kids all dressed up perform on patriotic numbers such as Vande Mataram, Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawaanon Ka ,before flag lowering ceremony commences.The ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony starts with a stiff-marching parade by the soldiers from both the sides.The heavy gates at the Wagah Border are flung open;with two six-seven feet tall soldiers well dressed in their uniforms with colourful turbans,approach each other, exchange fierce looks, and show anger.The speciality of the ceremony is the extremely fast pace at which the soldiers walk, with their feet rising almost to their foreheads. They shake hands and begin to lower the Indian and Pakistani flags fixed on high poles at the gates, simultaneously.
Wagah border can be visited anytime in a year
The flag down ceremony normally starts around 4:30 pm in winters and 5:30 pm in summers.
PS : If you want best view then take you place as early as 2:30 pm

Date of experience: October 2015
2  Thank Amit S
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Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

A great performance of the border security force , at the sunset time while bringing flags down of both countries . Must see , importantly please don't bring any hand bag , if you are foreigner please carry your passport , your mobile will not work . Carry water as it will take more than 1 hours . Go and enjoyed it !!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank 387imrank
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