(last date visited - Jan. 28, 2004)
Don't miss the joint Flag Lowering Ceremony of India and Pakistan as they show an extravagant march and speedy movements that makes a funny and interesting show for both rival-parties! The support thru the yell of each sides show only a friendly war!
Its just a small Hotel & a Restaurant for the travellers who might wish to stay for some 'Extra' adventure on the border between to enemy countries :-) So there is nothing special in mune except fresh bullets from the other side of the border :-)
I have though never experienced it but whatever i think would be happening there at night i can share it with u. When u are about to reach the main border area there are a few shops like kiosk. They do have TV as well. I have seen there are are few locals who work their they were sitting there and i 'think' they remain sitting there untill late at night and watch TV. May be thats the only Night life which is possible there. So, u may watch Pakistan TV with them if u plan to stay there at the border at night.
Dress Code: Something local would be appreciated. Try to speak Urdu the local language, people will appreciate it and welcome u more. May be then they do not take any money from u. :> This is a very special tip :>
When we arrived, there weren't any buses going directly from the border at Wagah to Lahore. Completely by accident we ended up having a drink at Mr Latif's Old Book Shop, mentioned in the LP guide, and he was very helpful in pointing out someone who would take us to the next town along in a tuk-tuk (and telling us what the correct price should be). It was much cheaper that the taxi, whose driver was pestering us, would have been. OK so the motorbike that was the driving force of the tuk-tuk needed a bit of repair along the way, but that's part of the fun!
(date took the train - Jan. 22, 2004)
Wagah Station (Pakistan) - Atari Station (India)
Fare for this was included already in your Lahore - New Delhi trip.)
It will take only 5 to 10 minutes reaching Atari border of India.
It is a small shop and it is opens at around after noon time.
What to buy: You can buy Pakistani flag, badges and other things related to Pakistan. Basically its a small souvenir shops.
What to pay: If you have arrived here at the time of Flag lowering Ceremony the then prices might be higher than normal. Try to bargain as much as possible.
Favorite thing: This is when we were still inside the custom office when the officer scanning our passports and all that. We had our money exchanged here from the guy and he gave quite reasonable rates, so it's okay to do it here anytime.
Favorite thing: Here is the bus to Lahore, parked out the gate of Wagah border. Beside the bus parking has a restaurant, so don't worry to much, there's too many peoples and too many foods waiting for you.
The Most interesting thing about Wagha is its Flag Ceremony. It happens twice everyday. In the morning when the sun comes up and in the evening when the sun goes down. You MUST NOT miss it.
Fondest memory: Getting closer and closer to the Boundry line between two countries. Over this Line, both of the countries have fought 3 WARS and lost so many dear ones! and STILL the Situation is not getting better :( There is just 'Hope' but now is the time for something more than just 'Hope'!