You will be picked up from your hotel in Amritsar with your local English Speaking guide in a private air-conditioned vehicle for your drive to the museum.
This unique museum is dedicated to the memory of the Partition of the subcontinent in 1947 - its victims, its survivors and its lasting legacy. In one of the greatest and most painful upheavals of contemporary history, over twenty million people migrated to a new homeland on the other side of a quickly demarcated border, leaving behind precious memories. In August 1947, when independence was granted to the former imperial domain of British India, it was partitioned into two nation states, India and Pakistan. The drawing of the boundary proved to be the biggest cause of fear, uncertainty and eventual death and destruction. Thousands of families suddenly found themselves strangers in the land where they lived for generations. Law and order broke down and massacre and looting started as families left their homeland to trudge across to where their ‘new nation’ was. Millions of lives were uprooted, thousands lost. Families abandoned their ancestral properties and crossed boundaries forced to find a new life as refugees. Back and forth across Punjab and Bengal went the human flow with much misery. It is their untold stories which are recorded here at the Partition Museum.
After a break for lunch (not included), we will head for the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan, about 17 miles from Amritsar. We will watch the ceremony that marks the closing of the Indo-Pakistan border gates every evening. This is a must-see event for its sheer drama.
Experience the Beating Retreat Ceremony with the ceremonial closing of the gates and the lowering of the flags of India and Pakistan. Watch as the Indian and Pakistani Rangers march towards the gates from their respective sides. After the gates are open, the soldiers salute each other and start lowering their flags. The ceremony reaches a crescendo with the soldiers returning to the border line for the final handshake. The bugle blow marks the end of the ceremony. After the ceremony you will be escorted back to your hotel in Amritsar.