Wagah (Urdu: واہگہ, Punjabi: واہگہ) is a village located within union council 51 (Dograi Kalan) in Wagha Tehsil of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The town is famous for the Wagah border ceremony and also serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India,. Wagah is situated 600 meters west of the border and lies on the historic Grand Trunk Road between Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan and Amritsar, India. The border is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Lahore and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Amritsar. It is also 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the bordering village of Attari.
The border crossing draws its name from Wagah, near which the Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of British India, was drawn. At the time of independence in 1947, migrants from India entered Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station lies 400 meters to the south and only 100 meters from the border.
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 the Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) similar to the retreat ceremony at Hussainiwala/Ganda Singh Wala border in Firozpur and Mahavir/Sadqi border in Fazilka district.
Following India's erection of a 360ft (110 m) flagpole on their side of the border in Attari, in August 2017 a 400ft (122 m) flag was installed on the Wagah side. The flag pole in Wagah is considered the tallest in South Asia. The pole in Attari the largest in India.
The Pakistani building at the border crossing, with a picture of Muhammad Ali Jinnah on top
Indian BSF at Wagah
Women personnel of Indian BSF at Wagah
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