Wagah Border – Overview & History of International Border

Wagah is a village located in tehsil of Wahga, Lahore (Pakistan). At the time of independence in 1947, the partition was made between two countries by British govt. History says, Wagah border was the main crossing though which people migrated from India to Pakistan.

Wagah Border is the main border lies on the Grand Trunk Road of both countries. It is also a main international transit terminal with road connectivity. Rail connectivity between India & Pakistan lies at Attari Border. Wagah village is located 600 meters west of the border on G.T. Road of Lahore, Punjab (Pakistan). Wagah Border is 3 kilometres from Attari Border.

Amritsar to Wagah Border
Wagah Border (Source: Flickr)

History of Wagah Border

Wagah Border is an international border between India & Pakistan. It was established after the partition of India in 1947. This border was the main crossing between both the countries, through which people migrated from India to Pakistan at the time of partition.

Wagah Border is 37km from Amritsar city and located on the G.T. Road of both the countries. This border was named after Wagah village located in Pakistan. Wagah village is 600 metres from Lahore and is on the way on G.T. Road in Pakistan.

Retreat Ceremony was started in 1959 upon agreeing by Governments of both the countries. The motive to start this ceremony was to influence the brotherhood between Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers.

Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony (Also Called Parade)

Wagah Border is also a tourist point, because of ‘Beating Retreat’ Ceremony happens every day here before sunset. The Beating Retreat ceremony basically is the lowering of flags ceremony, which Border Security Force & Pakistani rangers practice daily. This practice was started in 1959 to symbolise the brotherhood & cooperation between two countries. This ceremony not only carried out at Wagah Border, but at other Indo-Pakistan borders also. If you are in Amritsar, you must visit Border to see this ceremony.

Parade Timings

We know you are eager to see Parade (Retreat Ceremony) at Wagah Border. Parade timings vary during Summer & Winter season. In Summer season parade starts at 5:15PM and in Winter it starts at 4:15PM. Retreat Ceremony lasts for 45 minutes and gets over when BSF lower down the Flag. It’s best to reach border 1 hour before retreat ceremony starts. Because not everyone gets the seats and you may miss to see Ceremony comfortably.

Retreat Ceremony Video


Other India-Pakistan Borders in Punjab

  • Sulaimanki Border, Punjab (Pakistan) / Fazilka Border, Punjab (India)
  • Ganda Singh Wala Border (Pakistan) / Hussainiwala Border, Punjab (India)

How to Reach Wagah Border from Amritsar?

There are a lot of auto rickshaws, shared Taxis and private buses run on this route. These Auto Rickshaws and buses will drop you at Custom Check Post, few metres before the entrance gate. These sources are always over crowded because of increasing number of tourist in Amritsar. You will have to approach local rickshaw drivers again and bargain, which is the main fight after the Retreat ceremony gets over. Plus these rickshaw drivers charge you fare as per their convenience.

To avoid this hassle & enjoy your journey till Wagah Border, the best option is to book return Taxi in advance. Especially if you are with family. By hiring your private car, the main convenience would be, the car will be booked dedicatedly for you.

Golden Temple to Border Distance

The distance from Golden Temple to Wagah Border is 30KM. However this distance varies from Railway Station & Airport. Distance from Railway Station to Border is 27KM and distance from Airport is 35Km.

Amritsar to Wagah Border Taxi & Fare Chart

We provide you neat & clean cars with drivers. You can select from HatchBack, Sedan or SUV as per your requirement & convenience. We have below mentioned fleet serving on this route:

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See more pictures of retreat ceremony here.