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!