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Suchetgarh Border


February, 2016

Suchetgarh Border in RS Pura sector, Jammu.

A Thirsty Special Train.
First Train to Jammu from Sailkot. 19th Cent. A.D.

Prior to 1947, Suchetgarh used to be an important railway station connecting to Sailkot. The railway line is now defunct and the place is now being promoted like "Wagha", a place from where you can see Pakistan.


This is the season of mustard. All the border villages burn beautiful yellow.

Border fences cut through the agricultural fields
Sailkot is only 11 kilometers from here. This is the shortest road from Jammu to Pakistan.


 The other side




Here, at the border date, an old banyan tree is the function border pillar. Half of it is Indian and half is Pakistani.


On the Pakistani side, under the shade of the same tree, a worker.

A Pakistani tower


On the Indian side, the BSF office is where stood the old railway station. The wall facing the border has bullet marks, tagged as "Bullet Marks fired by Enemy". The firing occurs only when tensions between the two countries run very high. When the body burns in fever, bullets arrive like sweat. The last recent bullet marks were from time Kargil war of 1999.



Tourists from Kargil region



Just next to the border post is an old Hindu temple. This is said to be original Ragunath Temple that was later shifted to Jammu.


Across the temple is shrine of Muslim peer "Baba Neeli Tali Walla" that was recently renovated.


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I wonder if there's any old temple being renovated across the border fence at Post Inayat.

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