Atari Travel Guide

  • Flag lowering ceremony
    Flag lowering ceremony
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  • Pakistani border guards
    Pakistani border guards
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  • Indian border guards
    Indian border guards
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  • Border guards

    The guards are extremely tall, taller than me (i'm 6ft 2") which I'd not encountered elsewhere in India, and are just like beanpoles with big high shoes and wearing khaki uniforms with kind of red and yellow tartan belts and fans sprouting up out of their hats. The Pakistani guards where black uniforms with red belts and black fans in their hats.

  • Dancing girls and crowd

    Young Indian girls started dancing and clapping on the road before the ceremony started and then a few people ran up and down carrying large Indian flags. A guy with a microphone was encouraging the Indians to shout "HINDUSTAN" (what the locals call India). The Pakistani's actually sounded louder than the Indians by chanting "PAKISTAN" over and...

  • Gates and the border

    As you walk round towards the grandstands you pass along the border itself which is fenced off with barbed wire and police on horseback. You then pass by the border gates which has one set with "INDIA" written on them and the countries national colours and the other set with Pakistan's national flag on. The gates are closed before the ceremony...

  • Grandstands

    As you approach the border complex, you'll first see an entrance gateway going over the road. I walked along a path to the right that went right up to the border with police on horseback and high fences all around and then past the border gates. I then walked away from the gates along the road that leads straight through the border and could see...

  • Border ceremony

    The border ceremony, on the border between India and Pakistan at Atari, is a surreal show of content. You can take a shared jeep to the border from outside the accomodation blocks within the Golden Temple (see my transport tips). You enter into a complex with concrete grandstands overlooking the border gates. The ceremony starts in the evening at...

  • Flag Lowering Ceremony

    The Flag Lowering Ceremony of two nations are really exciting to watch! If you will visit India coming from Pakistan, better to cross the border first and wait anywhere in the atari border...anyhow, there are cafe/restaurants near the border for your rupees to spend! You cannot cross the border after the event since both gates will be closed!


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  • Food Stall near the Border

    Before entering the immigration office, you can take your breakfast or lunch in the food stall near the border. Be careful of the food you wil eat due to unsanitary preparation.The sandwich that has given to me was undoubtedly expired!!! Molds were present in every corner of the pan. (as of Jan. 28, 2004)1. omelette sandwich- Rs 202. tea - Rs 3

  • Food Stall in the Station

    (as of Jan. 22, 2004)Lunch:1. rice with dal - Rs 102. tea - Rs 2Dinner:1. omelette with chappati - Rs 132. mineral water - Rs 10

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Atari Transportation

  • Shared jeep to the border

    If you hang around the dining hall entrance of the Golden Temple (near the accomodation blocks) you may get approached by someone asking you if you want a shared jeep to the border at Atari in order to watch the border ceremony. I hung around and a Sikh guy came up to me and asked if I wanted to go the border ceremony and I said "yes, how much?" to...

  • Amritsar city bus

    To get to Atari the best way is to use my way which is to take a trishaw from the Golden Temple to the bus station of Atari. I needed less than 2 hours to settle all the custom crossing procedures including buses and trishaws ride. I started from the Golden Temple by paying a trishaw man 30Rs for quite a distance of ride. If you are not sure, go to...

  • Atari Bus Terminal - Atari Border

    (last date took the rickshaw - Jan. 28, 2004)Atari Bus Terminal - Atari BorderRickshaw fare - Rs 5From Amritsar Bus Terminal to Atari Bus Terminal, you can now take a rickshaw for Rs 5. But usually they charge foreigners for Rs 10 at the beginning but stand firm...just tell and pay only Rs 5. Of course, you can pay Rs 10 if you want!


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    by shintarojon Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: as of Jan. 22, 2004

    State Bank of India
    Foreign Exchange Bureau. Atari Rail

    US$ 1.00 = Rs 44.65

    US$ 10 = Rs 446.50

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