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The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India–Pakistan international border near Wagah
Map of the Wagah-Attari border region.
Map of the Wagah-Attari border region.
Wagah is located in Pakistan
Wagah is located in India
Location in Pakistan
Coordinates: 31°36′17″N 74°34′23″E / 31.60472°N 74.57306°E / 31.60472; 74.57306Coordinates: 31°36′17″N 74°34′23″E / 31.60472°N 74.57306°E / 31.60472; 74.57306
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Lahore
Tehsil Wagah Town
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) +6 (UTC)

Wagah (Urdu: واہگہ‎, Punjabi: واہگہ‬, ਵਾਹਗਾ) is a village situated in Lahore District, Punjab, Pakistan and serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India,[1] and lies on the old 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, Wagah, from the village also named Wagah on the Pakistani side, near which the Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn.[2] The village lies 600 meters west of the border. At the time of independence in 1947, the migrants from the Indian parts of the subcontinent entered present-day Pakistan through this border crossing. The Wagah railway station lies 400 meters to the south and only 100 meters from the border. On the Indian side the station is known as Attari.

Wagah border ceremony[edit]

It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day.[2] 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.

Wagah flag[edit]

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 largest in South Asia. The pole in Attari the largest in India.[3][4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mixed feelings on India-Pakistan border". BBC News. 14 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Frank Jacobs (3 July 2012). "Peacocks at Sunset". Opinionator: Borderlines. The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tricolour on tallest flag mast installed near Attari border - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Army Chief hoists flag on Wagah border". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 

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