Wagah Border Ceremony Photo Gallery

Wagah, border-closing ceremony at Pakistan-India border near Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
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    Indian Side of Wagah Border

    Indian tri-color flying high onswarna jayanti dwar at india-pakistan international border at wagah, Punjab
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    Everyday of the year, just before sunset, a flag lowering ceremony takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. The Wagah Border ceremony is a popular tourist attraction and side trip from Amritsar, in Punjab state, India.

    The ceremony, which has been going on since 1959, lasts for around 45 minutes in total. It starts with high patriotic spirits from sides of the border. Soldiers march towards the gate at the border, which is thrown open when they reach there. The soldiers salute each other other and start lowering the flags.

    The flags are lowered at the same time. The soldiers retrieve and fold the flags, the gate slams shut, and a trumpet sounds the end of the ceremony. The soldiers then return with their country's respective flag.

    See photos of the Wagah Border ceremony in this gallery. To find out more about the ceremony, have a read of Saurabh Srivastava's fascinating Wagah Border Travelogue.

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    Welcome to India

    Sign at the Wagah Border.
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    Indian Border Security Soldier

    Indian Border Security Force soldier.
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    Pakistani Side of Wagah Border

    Truck crossing between India and Pakistan at Wagah border crossing near Amritsar.
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    A truck passes through the Pakistani side of the Wagah border during the day.

     

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    Indian and Pakistani Flags Raised

    Wagah Border Ceremony, India
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    Indian and Pakistani flags are raised at the Wagah Border gate during the day.

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    Indian Soldiers March to the Gate

    Soldiers march to Wagah Border.
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    The Wagah Border closing ceremony starts with the formidable marching of soldiers from both sides to the border gates.

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    Pakistani Soldiers March to the Gate

    Pakistani Soldiers Marching at Wagah Border
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    Wagah Border Gate Opens

    Wagah Border gate opens.
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    The two countries are separated by two heavy gates set a couple of meters apart. The gates are closed well before the ceremony starts in the evening, and are opened briefly to allow for the flags to be lowered.

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    Flag Lowering

    Wagah Border Ceremony, Punjab
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    Closing Handshake

    Soldiers at Wagah Border greeting.
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    The Wagah Border ceremony is concluded with a brisk handshake by soldiers from both sides.

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    Carrying the Flag

    Carying the flag at the Wagah Border.
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    After the Wagah Border closing ceremony is over, the flags are carefully folded and carried away to be stored for the night.

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    Indian National Symbol

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    This statue of the national emblem of India sits on top of the pillars on either side of the Wagah Border gate.

    The emblem was adopted by the Indian Government on January 26, 1950. It has four lions, with the Dharma Chakra (wheel of law) in the center of the base, and a bull and horse on either side. The lions are replicas of the Lion of Sarnath, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. It was erected in the third century BC by Emperor Ashoka to mark the spot where the Buddha first taught. The lion symbolizes India's commitment to world peace and goodwill.