Wagha Border - Beating the Retreat

About-wagha-border
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Wagha Border, Attari, NH-1, Amritsar Punjab

Open & Close:

Open on all days: 04:15 PM – Start time- winter

04:45 PM – Start time - summer

Entry Fees:

Free

Duration:

Approx 45 minutes

Commenced In:

1959

Famous For:

Beating the Retreat Ceremony on Indo Pak border

Just near to the holy city of India, Amritsar, a place located known as Wagha Border. It is at Wagha Border where an exhilarating border closing ceremony is held every evening amidst patriotic uproars of the visitors. For a visitor, it’s a lifetime experience to be part of the ceremony, though as a spectator. The visitors while there surely capture the ever remembered and best experience of their life. The Wagha Border parade and other activities are collectively the beating retreat ceremony. This exercise is performed since 1959 at Wagha Border. It is located on the Radcliffe Line that divides India and Pakistan.

The closing ceremony at the Wagah Border begins with a storming parade by the security forces of both countries and ends ups in a way in which there is a coordinated lowering of the two countries’ flags. While commencing of this ceremony, one soldier stands at attention on every side of the gate and while the sun sets, the iron gates located at the border are opened concurrently. Then the flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that comprises a terse handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The area where the Beating Retreat ceremony takes place has an oval shaped stadium with steps constructed for seating. Wagha Border is about 28 kms from Amritsar city and located on National Highway -1. Though the Beating the Retreat Ceremony starts around 4 PM but in order to secure seating place in the stadium and be witness to all of the related activities, it is advisable to reach at the site by 3 PM, if to watch & capture the entire event.

The fact is that there is much more than just explained above about the closing ceremony at the Wagah Border. It will be a great moment to experience the enthusiasm, patriotism, respect, passion, love, and energy shown by the security forces of both countries. Apart from this, the claps and sounds of “Jai Hind” overwhelm a visitor and get him charged. To have a plan to experience the closing ceremony at the Wagah border, is well-appreciated, especially if you visit in Amritsar. Once missed the opportunity, one will never find it anywhere across the world. Thousand of people across the world come there every day to capture the moments of beating retreat ceremony. It’s time to intoxicate with patriotism by visiting at the Wagah Border. Attending Wagha Border Beating the Retreat Ceremony is one of the major highlights of Amritsar tour packages.

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