A Whirlwind Trip to Amritsar – Wagha Border.

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Hi everybody,

I would like to narrate a short trip to Amritsar followed with attending the evening parade at Wagha Border.

The Prelude :

This was during April 2011 when I happened to be in Ludhiana, Punjab for a official tour of around 15 days. Ludhiana, being a busy commercial city with overcrowded roads, auto and rickshaw jumping over one another.

We stayed in a Hotel very near to the Akal Garh wholesale market, full of rustling-jostling throughout the day. Our day usually started around 7’ o-clock followed with a quick freshening & dress-up and then on to the road to our assignment.

Ludhiana, being a late rising city we seldom found any good joint open for breakfast at 8.30 AM, and it was the sole Kulcha-Chana wala at the end of the small road, who used to greet us with a broad Punjabi smile ‘ satsriakal ji’ and his hot delicacies. Returning in the evening, jostle-tired, we usually ended the day with Roti-butter chicken and occasional Patiala peg.

Ohhh.. being from eastern India, it was a sheer visual shock to see Sardarji Rickshaw-wala. At times I used to feel inferior by a big man with a rather big turban taking me for a ride.. And in the evening the lanes and by lanes used to become open watering-hole… flying off in minutes.. Eat, Drink & be Merry… for tomorrow You may Die.. What a life….

It happened on one Saturday we said to ourselves … enough is enough .. we need to get rid of this dog’s life .. and decided that we would make a trip to Amritsar, preciously Golden Temple.

( Sssshhhh.. actually it was one of our colleague who took the initiative .. “You all couch potato’s should stand up and make life happy .. must visit Golden Temple when so near to it…… He…. born and brought up in Jharkhand is a Sardar, and had not been to Amritsar (Golden Temple) in his till then life).

Off we started to get a reliable and good car for the next day, finalized a Tata Sumo for 6 of us at Rs. 1600/- flat for trip to Golden Temple. He would pick us up from Hotel the next day at 9.30 AM.

The Journey

The sumo came on time and we were 30 minutes late (we were all forced bachelor then).

Flew past Phagwara, Jalandhar through the recently harvested wheat fields, small villages with window less cubical houses, tractors, healthy buffaloes, charpaiya’s and off beaten barren terrains.

Passed by the Cantonment and Jallianwala Bagh, our car stopped. We had to walk a half km to reach the gate. The road is flocked with souvenir shop, juice stall and mobile hankie & scarf sellers. We had to get one or two for us, a white one for me.

The Golden Temple

It was a sheer pleasure once we reached the main gate, magnificent, elegant and gorgeous. A big courtyard before the main entrance with a spacious enclosure with running water, to wash our feet.

Wahhh … the fabulous structure of shinning gold. Enormous lake surrounding the House of God. The brilliant white Akal Takth.. Yes we should have been here..











We approached the gateway passage for getting into after a second round of sprinkling water from the lake. My good friend had gone speechless by then.

A very slow but firm crowd, singing the holy mantra, approaching through the pathway across the lake. The whole pathway was covered, with ceiling fans at regular interval, to give a relieve from the scorching sun of April. We went inside, a rhythmical and melodious chanting from the Guru Granth Sahib greeted us.



Mesmerized by the cleanliness, the sweet aroma of Agarbati and flower, we slowly came out from the other door. It was absolutely burning on the marble flooring and we had to make our way upstairs through a red carpet laid for the purpose.





The main entrance as seen from the Golden Temple.





Too many fishes dribbling each other to get a major share of the puffed rice.



We browsed through the souvenir shops and I got myself a long Kripan, well encased in a red velvet cover. Savoring the delicious Halwa with an overdose of ghee, from the Langar-khana we made a slow retreat. We felt happy and contended.

On reaching our Sumo, our Singh-ji (driver) reminded us to make round at the Jalianwala Bag, at a stone throw distant. OMG we all forgot it.



We went inside, checked the Amar Jyoti, (courtesy Indian Oil), the Bullet marks and the Weal – all quite nicely maintained and preserved. But then.. probably its our inner instinct or whatever.. I saw a great many visitors throwing coins inside the weal, as if it’s a holy place of worship.





My good friend..The Jharkhandi Sardar



By then we were hungry . .. a bunch of super hungry dogs.. Again our Singh-ji came to rescue and said he would take us to a descent Dhaba just nearby, and also threw a clueless hint….. are we interested to be at the Border????.. “haan ji Pakistan border”.. probably that was his way to get good business.

We all agreed with his term of Rs. 500/- or Rs. 600/- extra for the additional 25 odd kilometers and have a quick lunch to be there on time....
A Journey declined is a Learning denied...
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#2 Jan 22nd, 2015, 13:06
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waiting for your Wagha Border.....very intersting there like to see Football match
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Thanks PompomperJa... thanks everybody else.
Its almost like watching a football match.. if not more.. I don't know how my limited vocabulary describes the match..

After a quick lunch of Alu Paratha & Lassi we headed towards Wagha Border. The road, as far as I remember was smooth & silky. We were told “ Atal-ji ise raste se Lahore geye the”.. The inaugural ride by the Delhi – Lahore Bus Service made by late PM Atal B. Bajpai, was through this road.

By then we had heard faintly about the Gate Closing ceremony and the duel parade but was not very much aware off. It was surely Singh-ji, whose uninterrupted narration made us quite excited.

We reached there somewhere around 4.30 PM and was astonished to found a fleet of cars including some very expensive ones, are parked some 500 meters away from the Gate..

Yes .... now we could see the Swarna Jayanti Dwar and hundred & thousands of people gathered near it. The complete area was cordoned by the Army and Border Security Forces. A brief frisking and a polite order for not to carry any bag, other than Camera and Water bottle.





We reached the Dwar and to our surprise found the place quite full, people from all corners of India and abroad approaching in queue under the supervision of local BSF personnel’s. It must be a wonderful amusement. Ohhh… We also got small plastic flag from them..



After a brisk walk through the channels and pathways of barricade we made ourselves on the stadium sitting area, and had to take a rather back seat… we were late. On the way we passed the barbed fencing and witnessed the No-Man’s-Land.

The middle is the NmL with the Pakistan fencing on the other side...



Note the Boots guarding the "Mera Bharat Mahan"...



And here's the owners.. Rangers..



After a brief lecture by the BSF Commander (?) on the event we got a stunned with a sudden chorus “Bharat Mata ki Jai” … a BSF personnel on the microphone with his mates. The crowd immediate turned mad and every other, including us, enthralled, fascinated started shouting with our lungs out – “ Bharat Mata ki Jai”…” Hindustan Ki Jai” … " Mera Bharat Mahan" .... “India”…..”India”…

Witnessed the other side – The Pakistan side having a similar arrangement with only difference – ladies & gents section separate. We could clearly hear the other side of the border “Allaha ho Akbar “.. “Pakistan Jindabad” ..and such.





People everywhere are getting crazy, frantically shouting and jumping as to the top of the voice … we have to beat the counterpart.. (Later some of us had a bad sore throat)..

We were so thrilled and excited that we hardly thought about taking good snaps of the Parade. A extravagant common drill, with a sheer competition among the Indian Border Security Forces and Pakistani Rangers and a constant exciting slogans from the BSF made the whole atmosphere jingoistic and everyone was just shivering with excitement, frantically waving the small flags.

The National Flag of both the countries dropped, nicely folded, the Gates closed and left us mum for a long time, until we ( I think everyone ) realized that its time to retreat.



We adieu the Swarna Jayanti Dwar and possibly paid Singh-ji some extra.. our mark of gratitude..



The Team ... minus ... one ( the Photographer )
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And The Damage

Around Rs. 2200/- for Car + Food, Tea & Snacks.. We paid for Singh-ji also.

Approx. Rs. 500/- per head.. Not bad for such a memorable trip .. Uhhhh..
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Thumbs up India...you are so great

Suman D. Thank you so much for the report..of golden temple that always beautiful ... and for Wagha Border

It's remind me of my trip that we visited in December 2013

Eventhough we are foreigner we can feel that the closing border is so interesting

And for me...you (India) are always great..........

So may I Joint some photes
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We arrived at that border also late because of these food ha......ha

So when we arrive there are already many people wait for us , we can not get a seat.

Anyway it also good for us that can free to move from one place to the other.

But sometimes block by soldier that sorry I think his hat like a peacock

And also hidden by the man who were the white shirt...He seem like cheer

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to be continued Suman D. absent so better for me to hijack the post
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That end up with interesting... Gald to attend ...Thank for Suman D. for let me Joint( I hope)

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Thanks PompomperJa for adding the brilliant photos and your liking...It would make the post more interesting.

I'm back from my trip to Krishnanagar - Mayapur/Nabadwip - Murshidabad..

Would put down an updated report shortly.
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Originally Posted by Suman D. View Post Thanks PompomperJa for adding the brilliant photos and your liking...It would make the post more interesting.

I'm back from my trip to Krishnanagar - Mayapur/Nabadwip - Murshidabad..

Would put down an updated report shortly.
I should to Thank you ...... Suman D for give an area to Joint and for nice your post that let I remind about Wagha border.

How about the trip?

I will waiting to see your trip!
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great write-up. as a new member of indiamike i am going through various write-ups.
thank you all
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Suman D ....and PPP-JA...lovely clicks and also Suman's narration, enjoyed!
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Originally Posted by SinghAlongSA View Post Suman D ....and PPP-JA...lovely clicks and also Suman's narration, enjoyed!
Thank you so much SinghAlongSA and photik.
Especially for Suman D. for kindly let's me join and these come to the idea to start of my post..Some pictures..
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Thanks SA and photik..

And PPPJa, you are always welcome...
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Originally Posted by Suman D. View Post Thanks SA and photik..

And PPPJa, you are always welcome...
Thank you so much Suman D. ....at last my pictures can pass QC for your like

It's take 28 days and 6 hours for qualification checking

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