ਵਾਹਗਾ / वाघा / واہگہ
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah
OSM map showing Wagah and Attari, their railway stations, and the Wagah border crossing. In the upper corner is shown the position of the villages between the cities of Lahore and Amritsar (click to expand)
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Wagah (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਹਗਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ) is a village situated near a road border crossing, goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India, and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Wagah, named Wahga in Pakistan, is a village 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 line. 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 Wahga railway station lies 400 meters to the south and only 100 meters from the Border line itself. In Pakistan the Border crossing is known as Wahga Border whereas in India it is called Atari Border crossing, named after the Indian village Atari, which lies 500 meters east of the border line within Indian territory.
Wagah border ceremony
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 Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers (PR).
The Pakistani building of the border crossing, with a picture of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the top
Indian BSF at Wagah
Women personnel of Indian BSF at Wagah
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