We were very tired as we were touring the Amritsar since early morning, you can catch-up on my earlier story on these previous blogs.

Trip to Amritsar- Day1

Trip to Amritsar- Day 2 (Part1)

 

 

Beautiful Gleaming golden Temple

 

Day-2   (Part-2)

As you had just read how we finished our visit of Golden Temple, Jallianwala Baug and Partition museum. It was now time for us to visit the famous Wagah Border Beating the retreat Ceremony.As the Amritsar heat was killing us so we thought that we conserve our energies for the Wagah border ceremony, hence we decided to go to our Hotel to rest in the comfort of AC for few hours. On the way to the Hotel I negotiated with the Cab driver and we hired a AC cab for 1200 Rs for Pick and drop for Wagah Border. Around 3 pm he picked us up from our Hotel and were on our way to Wagah Border but not before halting enroute at a Restaurant where we grabbed a quick lunch and after a ride of an hour we were at the  Attari Stadium.There was  a huge crowd scrambling to enter the Arena.

 

Weekend Wanderer All set for the Wagah Border……

 

Luckily for us I knew some one who had done the booking for me and we didn’t have to wait out long. There were hardly 25 people ahead of me and we went through the security check , our name verified on the list and we were inside, next we passed through another security check and started to walk towards the Stadium. The mood was full on patriotic. Hum bhi chere per Tiranga paint kar ke tyar the , Mano jaise yudh per ja rahe the

 

 

All set with Tiranga painted on our faces me and my daughter

 

I also bought a tricolour National flag and started to march towards the border. Here again the name on the list was verified and after the verification we were let into the stadium …The last frontier 

 

 

Entering the stadium with all the excitement

 

 

With lots of anticipation and excitement I entered the stadium and the moment I stepped in, I could feel the buzz, which was simply electrifying. Patriotic Songs were playing loudly on the public music system. The frenzy of the crowd is to be seen to be believed. Tricolour flags were waving everywhere and the colourful clothes of the crowd only added to the festivities of the occasion.

 

 

Packed stadium with people in colourful clothes and waving tricolour flag.

 

We too got sucked into this environment and were dancing,singing our heart out,madly waving the national flag as if Azaadi aaj hi mili ho   Per kya kare ab jo hai so hai !

 

Intoxicated in the love of Patriotism

 

Soon the announcement was made calling out all the ladies, before I realised I saw my daughter and my wife both a moment back were sitting next to me were there on the road to the border and then what followed brought lumps to my mouth as I saw my daughter and my wife running with the national flag,WOW man, what a feeling! I must say for them, Imagine thousands of people cheering you with bharat mata ki jai roars and you holding the flag and running on India- Pak border.

 

My daughter all set for the run holding the national flag.

My wife next to go…chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai

 

Honestly I was overwhelmed by the whole setup. Do you know what is this Wagah Border ceremony all about. If not then get ready.

 

 

 

 Wagah-Attari Border Gate

History of Wagah Border Ceremony:

The Wagah Border Ceremony, more popularly known as Beating Retreat Ceremony, was started in 1959 and it was agreed by the government of both the countries. It is a symbol of the rivalry between the two nations, as well as the cooperation and brotherhood of both the nations. The aggression and anger between both the countries have been toned down a lot over the years. Since July 2011, women guards of BSF have also been a part of this ceremony.

Marching Cammandos

Wagah Border Ceremony :

The Wagah Border Ceremony is a  military practice carried out by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers. The soldiers treat it with absolute seriousness. It begins with a parade by the soldiers from both the sides, ending with a coordinated lowering of the flags of both the nation. As the sun sets, the iron gate is opened, with an infantryman standing in attention at both sides of the gate. The flags of India and Pakistan are lowered simultaneously and then folded. The ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers of both the sides followed by the closing of the gate.

 

 

Soldiers Marching in…. Its gonna be show time !

 

 

Now back to our story, Next we saw was the Soldiers marching and taking their positions. One by one each soldiers from both the countries started to do the drill. Though I have seen this drill on TV many times but watching LIVE with huge crowd, the frenzy of the moment can be felt only sitting there with your Adrenaline shooting right up there is the sky.

 

 

Soldiers getting ready for the drill.

 

I felt this was the most fulfilling day of my life that I was actually saw the Jallianwala baug with my own eyes, and could empathize the pain of thousands who were shot down  and  on the other hand the release of the emotional patriotic burst at Wagah Border is something I will cherish for many years to come.

 

 

It was time to bring down the flags,To be furled again next day

 

Tomorrow I would be saying goodbye to Punjab and moving on to Himachal , Weekend Wanderer never stays still so time for next adventure in mountains in on. Stay tuned for the next part of this Blog Series. Till then Happy reading.

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Hi, I am Aashish Chawla- The Weekend Wanderer. Weekend Wandering is my passion, I love to connect to new places and meeting new people and through my blogs, I will introduce you to some of the lesser-explored places, which may be very near you yet undiscovered...come let's wander into the wilderness of nature. Other than traveling I love writing poems.

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