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    Wagah Border Parade Amritsar India : India Travel Documentary - India Travel Video

    This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations' flags. It is called the beating retreat border ceremony on the international level. One infantryman stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
    In October 2010, Major General Yaqub Ali Khan of the Pakistan Rangers decided that the aggressive aspect of the ceremonial theatrics should be toned down
    The ceremony has been filmed and broadcast by Michael Palin for one of his television around-the-world travel programs; he described it as a display of "carefully choreographed contempt.
    Every day at dusk, Indian and Pakistani border guards put on a show of one upmanship at the Wagah border crossing on the road between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan.
    Thousands show up to watch, from the stands, everyday as the soldiers try to outdo the other side by marching and performing drill in an exaggerated fashion, with impressively high leg kicks.


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