Despite sitting for three hours in the blazing hot sun, the Wagah Border flag-lowering ceremony has been one of the highlights of the trip so far. Only about 30km from Lahore, Pakistan, this is one of the only working land border crossings from India to Pakistan and every day at sunset thousands of Indians and a few hundred Pakistanis fill the stands of their respective sides to watch the spectacle.
Cory and I had to sit in the foreigners section which comprised of about 30 Europeans, Americans and Aussies–and later filled in with Indians–but was the closest section of bleachers to the border.
The ceremony starts with girls and later guys running the flag back and forth to the border. There is music blasting from loud speakers, competing with music from the Pakistani side; some people brought ear plugs. Around 6pm there was a girls only dance party on the street. Finally, as the sun is setting the border soldiers begin a series of loud calls back and forth and then stomp the yard. The gates open and there are a lot of angry glares and adjusting of fanned hats. The flags are lowered, gates are closed and there is a mass exiting from the stands where you really realize how many thousands of people have come to watch.