Wagah (Urdu: واہگہ, Punjabi: واہگہ) is a village situated in Lahore District, Punjab, Pakistan and serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India, and lies on the old Grand Trunk Road between Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan and Amritsar, India. The border is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Lahore and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Amritsar. It is also 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the bordering village of Attari.
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah
Map of the Wagah-Attari border region.
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The reason why the border is called Wagah is because there is a village also named Wagah in Pakistan, is near which the accepted Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn. The village lies 600 meters west of the border. At the time of independence in 1947, the migrants from the Indian parts of the subcontinent entered the present day Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station lies 400 meters to the south and only 100 meters from the border. On the Indian side the station is known as Attari.
The Wagah Border is counted to locate in Pakistan not India.
Wagah border ceremonyEdit
It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day. The flag ceremony is conducted by the Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) similar to the retreat ceremony at Hussainiwala/Ganda Singh Wala border in Firozpur and Mahavir/Sadqi border in Fazilka district.
Following India's erection of a 360ft flag pole at their side of the border in Attari, in August 2017 a 400ft flag was installed on the Wagah side. The flag pole in Wagah is considered the largest in South Asia. The pole in Attari the largest in India.
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- Michael Palin at the India-Pakistan border ceremony on the Pakistani side (from Himalaya with Michael Palin). BBCWorldwide video on YouTube.
- Sanjeev Bhaskar at the India-Pakistan border ceremony on the Indian side. BBCWorldwide video on YouTube.
- Pictures of independence's 60th anniversary celebration at Wagah Border