Even though the anger and aggression have toned down in recent years, the dedication and determination of the soldiers bring out the patriotic side of every visitor. Near the end of the parade, the Iron Gates are opened. The flags of India and Pakistan are lowered simultaneously and then folded. The ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers of both the sides. Once the soldiers have returned to their dugouts, the gates are closed, signalling the end of the ceremony.
The easiest way to reach Wagah Border is by booking a taxi in advance and using the taxi for the round trip. Other than that, buses are always running between Amritsar bus terminal and Atari, but buses only travel till Atari bus stop. From there, an auto or a taxi is needed to reach the final destination.
Since the tourist spot is actually an international border between two countries, there are mobile jammers placed all over the premise for security reasons. Hence, once you find a suitable place in the seating area, there is a high chance that there will be no signals on your mobile phone.
Speaking of Seating arrangements, due to the forever increasing number of tourists that are visiting to see the parade, a new balcony is being constructed by the Government. Once the immense structure is opened for the tourists, it will increase the seating capacity of the facility to around 12,000.
For the visitors who wish to enjoy the ceremony and parade right from the front, special VIP passes are also available, which can be obtained by getting in touch with either BSF personnel or from the officers working in the Customs department.
The ceremony is one of the most visited events in the entire country. During the summers, the ceremony commences at around 5.30PM and at around 4.30PM during the winters. Hence it is important for the visitors to reach the destination 1 hour in advance to enjoy all the proceedings.