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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