Wagah is the road border between India and Pakistan. This is situated on the Grand Truck road and lies between Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan. Amritsar is 28kms away from the border and Lahore is 22kms away from the border. Pakistan people called this border as Wahga.
What to see at Wagah: Visitors of this place can see Ceremational closing of the gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. This ceremony is known as Beating the Retreat. From Indian more than 5000 people come to this place to see this ceremony. In a bid to outdo, BSF and Pakistan Rangers compete to kick high, shout for the longer time and March harder. Watching the ceremony at the border post became the tradition to both sides’ people. During the public holidays and long weekends crowd of Indians will be more. Ceremony takes around 45 minutes.
Depending on the season, time of the flag lowering ceremony time changes. In general this ceremony starts at 4.45 PM during the summer seasons and it will start around 4.15 PM during the winter season. Seating arrangements will be made especially for women. VIP seats are very close to the gate. Special pass is required to sit in the front seats. Ceremony started for the first time in 1959. Over the years aggression and angry toned down by both the countries. From 2011 onwards, women guards of BSF also taking part in the ceremony.
What to see around Wagah: Near this Wagah border visitors can see Amritsar city. In Amritsar there are several places to visit they are mentioned below:
Golden Temple: Golden Temple is the most sacred place to the Sikhs. Other name of this temple is Harmandir Sahib. Original temple was built by Guru Arjun, 5th Sikh Guru. Golden Temple Attractions are Central Sikh Museum, Amrit Sarovar, Marble Work, Holy Trees, and Shrines of Sikh Guru’s.
Akal Takht: It is located in Golden temple complex. Akal Takht means throne of immortal. It stands as a witness to Sikh idea of sovereignty.
Jallianwala Bagh: During the period of Independence struggle sad incident happened in this place. This is also known as Amritsar Massacre. On 13th April 1919, British troops fired on peaceful protestors. In this incident nearly 1100 people were killed.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum: It is the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He is the first king of Sikh Empire. Major attractions of manuscripts, old coins, paintings, armours, arms belong to Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Santokhsar Sahib: This Gurdwara is famous for Sarovar. In the history of Sikh this is the first Sarovar of its kind.
Bathinda Fort: It is one of the major attractions of Amritsar which was built by Bhatti Reo before 1800 years ago.
Bar Baba Buddha: It is inside the Golden temple. Under the tree Baba Buddha sits and meditated here.
Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai: It is 33m high nine storied octagonal tower. This is the tallest tower in Amritsar.
Getting to Wagah: Before reach this place visitors have to come to Amritsar. Amritsar is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Dharmasala, Chamba, Dalhousie, Chandigarh etc buses come to this place. From Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad etc trains come to hits place. Airport located in Amritsar is Sri Guru Ram Das jee Airport which is located 11kms away from the city centre.
Getting around Wagah: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Wagah.
Best time to visit Wagah: Beating the Retreat Ceremony is held daily. So, Visitors can come to this place throughout the year. But, best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Wagah: No accommodations at the border. Plenty of accommodations available at Amritsar.
Where to eat in Wagah: At this place Aman Umeed tourists centre is located. Eating options are limited at this place. Food stalls are also available at the gate.