Amritsarto enjoy the closing ceremony each day and some even go across if they have permits. A large number of visitors come to the India-Pakistan border which lies around 30 kms. From There are a large number of buses that run from Amritsar to Attari village where the border lies each day and once you reach the village there are autorikshaws that run here which take you to the border. Also a large number of shared jeeps run here which ferry visitors to the closing ceremony from the Golden Temple. These leave from the temple around two hours before the start of the closing ceremony and return later. Every afternoon before sunset the military personnel meet at the border to engage in a pure theatrical performance which lasts for around 20 minutes.
This closing ceremony is all about performances and postures from the young soldiers and even though the relations between the two countries have always been strained this ceremony shows a lot of harmony. It usually starts around 4:30 P.M. in the winters and 5:30 P.M. in the summers and it would be a good idea to reach there early so that one does not miss out on any piece of action. Once the ceremony is about to start it becomes very difficult to get good places from where one can see everything and often the crowd runs in a stampede which makes it very difficult. The foreigners who come here are given VIP seats and even allowed to sit on the roadside near the gates. Once the performance starts all eyes are on the soldiers who are engaged in the process and the national sentiments of the crowds are aroused. There are chants of Hindustan Zindabad all around and equally vocal are the Pakistanis who sit on the other side of the border except during the Ramadan months when they are much quieter.
Once there is a loud bellow from the guardroom there is a squad that stomps its way to the road with broad shoulders and bulging eyes. The idea is to parade up and down in front of the audience and throw in yells here and there. Once they warm up they march to face the opposing military with clenched fists and start the action with high kicks. The gates are thrown open and the commanding officers of both the regiments walk up to each other and give them a salute and offer a handshake. Then the guard squads step to the border and face their flags and the soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder. The bugles are blown here and the flags lowered remaining at the same level of the other. After this the flags are brought down and folded and sent back to the guardrooms following which the border is closed for the day and reopens the next day.