The Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border

The Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border

It goes without saying that one of the best parts of travel is the unusual traditions and ceremonies you encounter on your path. This post from Prasad, on his blog desitraveller, highlights one of those such ceremonies.

A show of pomp and bravado

“Somewhere between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan is Wagah Border between the two neighbouring countries.

Every day thousands of visitors watch the joint flag lowering ceremony on the Wagah Border. While the stadium on the Indian side is filled to capacity, very few people come to the Pakistani side.

Pakistani Rangers at Joint Check Post Wagah Border

Each side tries to outdo each other in a march, showcasing who can snap heels harder on the ground, while visitors shout patriotic slogans to cheer up the soldiers and photographers try to catch the fast-moving action.

If you are in Amritsar India or Lahore Pakistan I suggest you make this trip to Wagah to watch a flag lowering ceremony that has no parallel anywhere.”

I highly recommend this post, it goes above and beyond just telling you how to get there and why you should go. It explores the history of the ceremony and even John Lennon’s involvement. It will be one of the top blog posts you read today.

BSF and Pakistani soldiers at the flag lowering ceremony

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Agrasen Ki Baoli – An Ancient Stepwell in Delhi

Agrasen Ki Baoli – An Ancient Stepwell in Delhi

This post from top Indian travel blog, desi Traveler, introduces you to the Agrasen Ki Baoli in New Delhi. At over 1000 years old, the architecture is in stark contrast to the modern city that has grown up around it.

Desi Traveler on the Agrasen Ki Baoli

“Hidden from the highrises around it, the ancient Agrasen Ki Baoli is a supposedly haunted stepwell in the heart of New Delhi, capital of India that most visitors give a miss. What a pity as it is just walking distance from Rajiv Chowk & Barakhamba Road, two prominent Delhi Metro stations.”

Agarsen Ki Baoli, over 1000 years old and in the heart of New Delhi

“Once you reach Agrasen Ki Baoli you will be greeted with an architectural marvel that dates back more than 1000 years and is named after mythological king Agrasen considered to be the ancestor of the prosperous  Aggarwal community in India.”

“To stand at the bottom of the stepwell and look above, one is amazed at the blue sky and the lurking skyscrapers that have mushroomed around Agrasend ki Baoli.”

Continue reading about this fascinating construction on desi Traveler – A Visit To Agrasen Ki Baoli in New Delhi – including details instructions on where exactly to find it, how to get there and how much.

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