The flag lowering ceremony at Attari Wagah border parade is one of the musts to visit when in Amritsar. After visiting Golden temple, Jaliawala bagh and temple, we had our stomach filled with Punjabi food from Dhaba. Generally people go from Amritsar to Wagah around 4.00 PM but we decided to go by 2.30 PM as we decided to see Attari border railway station on the way. Our cab arrived and we started but as we were crossing city, we seen a Lassi shop on the way, so stopped and had a big glass of Lassi from there.
The driver parked the car and we stood with the crowd outside the main gate. When BSF people opened the door the crowd started running or walking.
The Wagah border’s “lowering of flag” ceremony is very popular and colorful affair. It is held by BSF and Pakistani rangers just before sunset. Before the start of the ceremony by the soldiers from both the sides, BSF play patriotic songs on loud speakers on full volume and give visitor/children chance to participate in it i.e. running with flags or dancing on the road.
Finally both sides open the gates, lower the flags in coordination and close the gates after formal handshake. There is so much drama involved.
After the ceremony is over, we moved back. Came to the gate and started looking for our cab, which we found with some difficulty because sometime the mobile signals are not very good.