Wagha Border

by Julia Laporte February. 28, 2019 795 views

While the Golden Temple was top of my list of things to see, my husband was really interested in the flag lowering ceremony which closes down the border between India and Pakistan each evening. As we had seen documentaries about it, the ceremony itself was as expected and interesting to see live. What I had either missed or the documentaries did not include was the “show” put on before the official ceremony even started.

For about an hour before the official ceremony commences, Indian music is blasted over loud speakers as ladies run around with Indian flags and dance enthusiastically. All of this is expertly coordinated by one of the border guards who closely resembles an entertainer more than a soldier, encouraging the crowd to be louder than their Pakistani counterparts. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere but I do regret not getting up to join the dancing ladies...my husband on the other hand was glad that I didn’t!

The stadium slowly filling up

The stadium slowly filling up

Ice cream, popcorn, KitKat and other snacks for sale

Ice cream, popcorn, KitKat and other snacks for sale

Flags, hats and other souvenirs for sale

Flags, hats and other souvenirs for sale

The same phenomenon everywhere in the world: exciting to be on the crowd cam

The same phenomenon everywhere in the world: exciting to be on the crowd cam

A true little fan

A true little fan

The entertainer

The entertainer

The animated crowd, often prompted by some favourite songs blasted through the speakers

The animated crowd, often prompted by some favourite songs blasted through the speakers

And so the ceremony begins...

And so the ceremony begins...

Everyone recording or taking pictures of the ceremony

Everyone recording or taking pictures of the ceremony

High kick on the Indian side

High kick on the Indian side

The Pakistani high kick across the border

The Pakistani high kick across the border

Stand off

Stand off

Lowering the flags

Lowering the flags

The border gate once the crowd is thinning and heading back to their medium of transportation

The border gate once the crowd is thinning and heading back to their medium of transportation

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Ueli Haldimann 2 years, 2 months ago

Ist die Situation "dort oben" nicht etwas kritisch im Moment? Es wäre ja schön, wenn sich Indien und Pakistan nur mit der Lautstärke der Gesänge zu übertrumpfen versuchen. Was ich so mitbekomme, ist es aber leider etwas heftiger. Ist das für Eure Reise nicht problematisch?

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Ueli Haldimann 2 years, 2 months ago

Wir mussten unsere Reisepläne leider ändern. Wir wollten eine Woche nach Leh in Kashmir und haben uns jetzt dagegen entschieden - sind die Optionen und Routen noch am abwägen... persevere

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ueli Haldimann Replied to Julia Laporte 2 years, 2 months ago

Es gibt zum Glück ja noch viele wunderschöne Plätze auf der Erde, wo kein Krieg ist... ;-)

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Ueli Haldimann 2 years, 2 months ago

Genau! grinning

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Greg Blaney 2 years, 2 months ago

What an interesting post, Julia. I've never given any thought to seeing this but you may have changed my mind. Your photos are excellent and provide a great visual reference to the event.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, Greg. I almost did not post this one as I only liked a few pictures. Only posting the pictures I did like would not have told the whole story... and I guess I just have to get over not loving every picture and just provide a good (I hope) overall representation of the experience. smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ueli Haldimann Replied to Julia Laporte 2 years, 2 months ago

Es müssen nicht alle Bilder super sein. Du darfst die schönen auch posten smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Ueli Haldimann 2 years, 2 months ago

smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Rafael 2 years, 2 months ago

Awesome!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Julia Laporte Replied to Rafael 2 years, 2 months ago

smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
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