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“Never expected it to be so much fun” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wagah Border

Wagah Border
Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews
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“Never expected it to be so much fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

i didnt knwo much about wht happens at wagah border every evening at sunset so when i visited it i was very surprised in a good way, when u get there women go stand on one side and men on different side so are seperated but if u know any influentual people there is a VIP stand right at front where u can go sit, i didnt know any1 but i went and spoke to the army guards and told them i was from abroad and a foriegner and didnt want to be seperated from every1 else and they were very accomadating and allowed us to go sit in the VIP stand... the rest was just a blast... to be able to be a stones throw from India and see the lowering on the flags and the indian and pakistan guards togather was amazing.. i would definately go again in ever in lahore again..

Visited February 2013
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Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
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“Military Tourism!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

It is quite appalling to be a witness to this pathetic display of what can only be called military tourism. The irony of the term itself should not be lost on anyone with intelligence even slightly above that of the herd. Otherwise if one wants to go ahead and subject oneself to state indoctrination of the highest order then one should go ahead and visit this sorry place, where the Indian Army manages thousands of "patriots" daily. The atmosphere is mind-numbing with speakers blasting songs such as "mere desh ki dharti" and that other lame one from the film Karma. Thousands throng this highly politicized stretch of land daily. On being asked why they come and what they expect to see they probably would not be able to answer. Did they come to see the miles of barbed wire cut across golden fields? Or the soldiers march in that comically absurd fashion towards each other and stare at each others eyes as vacantly as can be? The army is thoroughly incapable of managing the crowds, but that is the least of its concerns. The only reason for ever going there would be to experience first hand the actual physical force of that extremely meaningless and abstract word-BORDER. One gets to see first hand how thousands of people come to subdue themselves to the might of a vacuous geographical line.They come to experience and celebrate the limit beyond which they cannot cross physically and on the other side they see their counterparts, they find meaning in their identity as Indians by seeing their reflections in the "hostile" other and experience their Indianness by seeing their Pakistani (br)others. Amidst the absolutely hollow chanting of 'bharat mata ki jai' and 'vande mataram' one can experience first-hand pure thoughtless mob-mentality. There will be the buffoons waving the flags and gyrating as if dancing at a wedding, those just wanting to pose with the soldiers and go back since they could not get a seat. What is interesting is how the military and the tourism department have hit the jackpot of joining the two concepts of tourism and patriotism together- one can have good old pure Indian fun, and emerge patriotic as well. It is a pilgrimage of sort only there is no god waiting but the State with all its gun and fence-power. One suggestion at the end, to cash in even more on this shameful madness would be to perhaps construct a cricket ground there, and to expand the seating on both sides, then people could come and see the blue and green soldiers at it Live. There would be sponsorship enough for all of this and the military could rake in even more revenue for both countries- who knows it could be just as profitable as war perhaps.

Visited April 2013
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Lucknow, India
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“Pomp and grandeur but sentiments run high!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Every evening when the sun sets there is zealous parade of Army jawans on both sides of the border and thousands of Indians and Pakistanis witness it from their respective galleries. I have had the opportunity to cross this border by bus and the reception that awaits you on either side is really heart warming.

Visited January 2013
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“A Tale of Two Countries”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

The atmosphere here is quite energetic and antagonistic (if youre into such things). For many of you this may be your entry point into Lahore (and Pakistan for that matter). Many will leave for India through here. The evening gate closing ceremony and the charged atmosphere is famous. One of the strongest rivalries exist on this border and the show is worth seeing.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Long Live Pakistan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

I had the opportunity in January to travel around Pakistan for 2 weeks by myself. Most people thought I was crazy, but I love adventure and I had some contacts in Pakistan arrange things for me. One of the stops was the Wagah Border. I didn't get to see the raising of the flag but did get to see the lowering of it.

I was blown away with this place. It was a great place to spend a few hours and chat with some of the locals. Everyone in Pakistan is so proud to be Pakistani and is so proud of this event.

It was great to see the costumes people were wearing and to be part of this magical event.

I was lucky enough to be escorted by the army to the seating area right by the front of the gates so I had an amazing view.

I loved every minute here and I can't wait to go back in October

Visited January 2013
6 Thank the427
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