Gujarat to have Wagah-like border viewing point

Dec 14, 2016 12:45 IST

The ever-popular ‘border viewing point’ of the Wagah border will soon be recreated in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district.

The announcement was made by the state’s Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at the inaugural event of the annual ‘Rann-Utsav’ at Dhordo in the Rann of Kutch on 13 December 2016.

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The new viewing point will be opened at Nadabet near Suigam, a village near the India-Pakistan border. The main purpose of the development is to promote tourism and all tourists visiting the centre will be provided with the same facilities that are made available at the Wagah Border.

Besides this, the Chief Minister also announced the state’s plan of opening Lion Safari Parks at five locations in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. One of them, located at Ambardi in Amreli district, is expected to open soon.

He also inaugurated ten `Bhungas', the traditional mud houses of Kutch, which will be rented out to tourists.

About Wagah Border ceremony

• The ‘Retreat ceremony’ is a daily military practice that has been followed by security forces of both India and Pakistan since 1959.
• The ceremony starts with a parade by the soldiers from both the sides
• It takes place in the evening before sunset. As the time nears, iron gates at the border are opened and both the nations’ flags are lowered in synchrony.
• It is followed by a handshake between soldiers on either side, after which the gates are closed again.
• It attracts thousands of visitors from both sides of the border.

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