Wagah

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The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan International Border near Wagah.

Wagah (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਘਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ‎) is the only road border crossing between Pakistan and India,[1] and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

The border is located 22 km (13.75 mi) from Lahore and 32 km (19.88 mi) from Amritsar.

Overview[edit]

Wagah, named Wahga in Pakistan, is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn.[2] The village was divided by independence in 1947. Today, the eastern half of the village remains in the Republic of India while the western half is in Pakistan.

It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate before 5PM each day.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mixed feelings on India-Pakistan border". BBC News. 14 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Frank Jacobs (3 July 2012). "Peacocks at Sunset". Opinionator: Borderlines. The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 31°36′16.9″N 74°34′22.5″E / 31.604694°N 74.572917°E / 31.604694; 74.572917