The Indian Army organised a cycling expedition from Chungthang (Sikkim) to Panagarh (West Bengal) as part of celebrations to commemorate Swarnim Vijay Varsh. The team comprising 12 cyclists was flagged off on 08 November 2021. The expedition covered a distance of 700 km over a span of nine days via Siliguri, Kishanganj, Malda, Nabagram and culminated at Panagarh on 16 November 2021.
The expedition covered the icy mountain peaks of Sikkim and the plains of West Bengal to reach Panagarh Military Station. The team was complimented for successfully undertaking the challenging task and encouraged everyone present to adopt cycling not just for a healthy lifestyle but also as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
During their journey, the team carried out interactions with veterans, war widows and motivated the local youth to adopt Armed Forces as a career option while at the same time spreading a message of Environment Preservation.
The expedition was launched to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of ‘Indo-Pak War of 1971’ and to pay tributes to the valour and courage of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during the war leading to a landslide victory of Indian Armed Forces and creation of a new nation, Bangladesh.