GUWAHATI, April 22 - Braving inclement weather and undeterred by the hurdles that may emerge unannounced, a group of 12 cyclists today embarked on a cycle expedition from the heart of Guwahati city with an aim to promote �active� tourism in the State.
The members of group named �Jajabor: The Wanderers�, through the expedition which is scheduled to culminate on April 27 at Sadiya, the birthplace of legendary musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika, also aims to bring youths closer to Nature.
Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Dr M Angamuthu, tennis sensation Tanisha Kashyap, and Jayanta Malla Baruah, chairman, Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) flagged off the cycle trip on GS Road early this morning.
The team of cyclists, which also includes Raktutpal Saikia, a Class X student, would have an intermediate stops at various locations including schools where they will exchange thoughts on Nature and the beauty of active tourism.
�Active tourism is a very popular concept worldwide where travellers explore new areas on cycles which may not be possible otherwise on any other mode of transport. We want to make active tourism popular in this part of the world too,� said Pratibhu Dutta, a teacher by profession.
Dutta said that the trip was envisaged to encourage youths to come out of the virtual world and enjoy Nature.
�It did not take us too long to plan the expedition on cycle. Although the members of the group come from different professional backgrounds, it is the common cause to save and promote �Mother Nature� that helps bind us together,� Dutta opined.
Some of the other members of the group include Dr Karuna Kalita, Professor, IITG, Ashik-uz-Zaman and Surender Hooda, both Indian Revenue Service officers based in Mumbai, Dipjyoti Bora, a research scholar based in Germany and Rudrani Dutta (support team) among others.
Although the expedition was earlier scheduled to end at Saikhowaghat, it will now be stretched to Sadiya.