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“Crossing the border”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Wagah Border

Wagah Border
London
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“Crossing the border”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2011

Crossing the border here is quite straightforward. The easiest way to reach the border is by taxi or car (if you have local friends!). They cannot drive right up to the border, they drop you about 200m from the first checkpoint. First you go through Pakistani immigration and customs, which I think opens at 10am; its easy and the staff are friendly, and there is a small waiting room just after immigration. You then walk out of that building, along the tarmac and empty road towards the border itself, where a guard opens the gate for you to walk through. Once through, the Indian customs and immigration is on the left, and you fill in various forms etc; the Indian side is not as well organised as the Pakistani side, and they seem to make you wait around quite a bit, checking luggage etc. Eventually, you walk a bit further, and out of the border area. There is a small cafe on the left. I would suggest arranging a cab to pick you up on the Indian side (get the driver's mobile number) and driving you to Amritsar; there is very little public transport on the Indian side. You have to carry your own luggage across the border, so be prepared if either you have a lot of luggage or have a disability.

Visited June 2011
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“You must see it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

There are a fantastic game for changing the gueard against the indian army. just for funny they are shoving a show really amazing to see.
better you ask to the hotel or to some travelling agency to organiza the vist for you and to book the place in the first rows

Visited April 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

wasnt to intrested in goign but once i was there it was amazing - really enjoyed it and woudl recommend it to any1

Visited September 2011
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Celt in England
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“Interesting and important to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

I saw the ceremony from both sides of the border and in fact crossed at this point on foot. The closing ceremony is a little more austere and aggressive from the Pakistan side, but only because the soldiers do a bit more marching and posing!

Visited August 2011
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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“Feeling of adventure, a little forbidden...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

I recently walked across the Wagah Border from Amritsar, India to Lahore, Pakistan. It is a slow and illogical process but full of cultural flavor. I (a solo woman traveler) dressed modestly and wore a scarf, I hid nothing in my suitcase, I needed 1 1/2 hour to cross even though there was NO one else crossing. I passed thru 9 checkpoints and answered the same questions numberous times. It was friendly on both sides, but a little more curious and friendly in the Pakistan side. There is a tiny gift shop on the Pakistan side where you can buy trinkets and used travel guides, change money, etc.
If you are planning on returning to India, note that they have a 2 month wait requirement to return and are very sensitive to any violation. You could be denied entrance. With much difficultly one may get a waiver permit in advance, but only with a very good reason. I enjoyed the experience so much that I sat down in the middle of the no man's land and just enjoyed the experience for a while. Westerners are a curiosity so get used to being photographed. Don't be foolish - have a Pakistan friend or contact and mind all of their rules and suggestions for you safety.

Visited February 2011
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