Wagah, is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line, dividing India and Pakistan upon the partition, was drawn. Its western half in Pakistan is called Wahga. Crossing over from some of the most fertile lands of Amritsar, this army outpost checks for any sort of intrusion.
With electrified fences, a complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides, Wagah is a spectacular sight. It witnesses immense patriotic revelry during the “Beating the Retreat” ceremony performed by the soldiers every evening. The changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags ceremony is carried out with great pageantry. The decorated soldiers frog-march to impress, with bellowing notes held for over twenty seconds, and the active viewers chant and cheer in an attempt to drown out the Pakistani chant.
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