|1993||Tentative list||Submitted as tentative site by State Party|Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
When I got my Indian visa I travelled from Islamabad to Rawalpindi, and the next day I caught a train to Lahore with the intention to cross to India.
I was following the historical Grand Trunk Road, from Kabul to Calcutta and Chittagong, across the cities of Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Amritsar, Delhi, etc.
In Lahore I learnt that the border between Pakistan and India is only open three days a month, the 2nd, 12nd, and the 22nd (I was travelling the year 1989).
I had some days to wait in pleasant and historical Lahore that I used to visit its fortress and especially the Lahore Museum, along the Mall road, where I was very interested in watching the famous and impacting statue of Buddha subduing himself, also known as the Fasting Buddha. I also had time to enter the Wazir Kahn Mosque, the most impacting of all the mosques in Lahore.
I stayed in the dormitory of the YMCA, together with many other travelers anxious to cross to India. There were English, Germans, Italians, Japanese, and even Africans.
The border with India was beyond Lahore, in a small village called Wagah, where I waited for a couple of days for the border to be open and cross to Attari, in India, and from there will follow to Amritsar.
In Wagah, during the night, I noticed that some Bengalis (from Bangladesh) were trying to get through the border to Pakistan illegally, with the goal to migrate to the United Arab Emirates by boat from Karachi, but the Pakistani soldiers fired at them and every day there were some casualties. From my hostel I could hear the rifles shots and the cries of agony of some poor Bengalis, reached by the bullets.
Finally I crossed the border on foot and entered India.
Date posted: September 2013
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