Attari Border, is the most popular tourist attraction of the Amritsar city of Punjab. Each evening you can watch a retreat ceremony that takes place with the Border Security Forces on the Indian border.
Flags of both India and Pakistan are lowered and the rhythmic sound of a thrilling parade enchant. This parade is performed by soldiers of both countries. Millions of people come here to enjoy this electrifying experience. It is an awe-inspiring parade where soldiers of both countries carry flags proudly in their hands. The change of guards that takes place on Pakistan side and the flag lowering by the Indian Army is performed by the strictly dressed skilful soldiers.
These ceremonies conclude at twilight alongside a bugle sound that you can hear together from the both sides. This often reflects enthusiastic relations between India and Pakistan with flags of the two countries retrieved ceremonially at the same time. Patriotic vehemence at this time grows in the switched lights of Wagah Chauki. Attari Border is the only land route to approach the Pakistan and central Asia together.
In the last couple of years, the top brass of Indian Home Ministry, Finance Ministry and Secretaries & Joint Secretaries have been visiting this border. They have made visits to see the poor conditions that prevail here. Several meetings also have been organized at the Attari Border to sensitize them to solve problems faced by tourists who visit this place regularly.
The border with Pakistan lies roughly 30kms from Amritsar at Attari on the Grand Trunk Road to Lahore and is one of the main access points overland to the neighbouring nation. A flag-lowering ceremony is held here daily at sunset by both sides. And along with the interactive patriotic fiesta that precedes it, the ceremony is a huge attraction for visitors. Another attraction in close proximity is the complex housing the samadh of Sham Singh Attari. A celebrated General of the Sikh Empire, he fought valiantly and is known for his last stand at the Battle of Sabraon. The grounds include samadhs of his family members, a museum dedicated to the General and his descendants, and a water tank. A similar albeit larger tank can be seen a short distance away at Pul Kanjri. It makes for a good picnic spot a stone’s throw from the fenced border.
Officials at Attari Border have taken care to ensure the needs of tourists visiting this ceremonial retreat of Indo-Pakistan soldiers are made comfortable. They have provided several restrooms, washrooms and other types of facilities for tourists to welcome them.
The Tourism department of Punjab has now acquired some land to construct restaurants, hotels and more accommodation for tourists. Parking facilities have been provided closer to venue for a Retreat Ceremony.
Popular among the local, national and international tourists, it’s interesting to make a visit to the famed Attari Border near Amritsar. Thanks to a new terrain in Indo-Pakistan relationship, it has prompted the setting up of a global tourism focal point at Amritsar here.