ITANAGAR, Oct 28 - As part of his initiative to promote the picturesque locations of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju undertook a 107-km ATV ride from PTSO Lake to Mago village in Tawang district along the India-Tibet (China) border on Sunday.
The two leaders also joined the Indian soldiers there and celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and distributed sweets to the Army personnel posted on the border with Tibet. The Chief Minister drove the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on snow-covered areas and steep inclines. This comes after he undertook a 122-km journey on a Royal Enfield motorcycle from Yingkiong to Pasighat earlier this month.
Sharing details about the trip, Khandu tweeted videos and photographs of the ATV journey.
�#Offroading near Tibet/China border in #Tawang district. A 107-km ride from #PTSO Lake to #Mago, crossing an altitude of 15,600 ft. Enjoy the visual delight of Tawang,� Khandu tweeted.
Rijiju complimented Khandu on his skilled driving in a tweet on Monday.
�It was very tough driving ATV Polaris crossing above 16,000 feet. But CM of Arunachal Pradesh @PemaKhanduBJP ji drove very fast and beautifully from PT Tso to Mago! I sat with him confidently,� he tweeted.
The duo visited the men of the 18 Kumaon Regiment posted at Tawang and also attended a public meeting in the evening at Mago.
�Border people are the true defenders of our country. Despite harsh weather and terrain, their presence in the border has secured our territory. Salute to our Sentinels!� Khandu stated in another tweet. Taking part in the local BJP unit�s Gandhi Sankalp Yatra, both Khandu and Rijiju walked 18 km in Tawang and later attended a brief interaction with the villagers.
�Concluding the Gandhi Sankalp Yatra from Mago to Thingbu (18 km), attended a brief interaction with the villagers along with MoS (Ind) Sports Shri @KirenRijiju Ji.
Feels happy having able to reach people in remote areas walking at 10,000 feet average altitude in a tough terrain. @BJP4India @narendramodi @KirenRijiju,� he tweeted.
The CM also spent time with the Arunachal Scouts. In a tweet, he wrote, �With Jawans and Officers of the #ArunachalScout at Mago/Thingbu in #Tawang district. This regiment of the #IndianArmy was raised in 2010 to defend India�s border with Tibet/China in Arunachal Pradesh. @adgpi.�