MANGALDAI, May 22 - A young girl travelling across India alone on a bicycle made her way through the Darrang district on Wednesday. Jyoti Rongala, hailing from East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh as a part her journey to cover 30,000 kilometres across the country, in a bid to enlist her name in the Guinness Book of World Records, reached Darrang district.
She arrived here on Tuesday evening and spending the night at Kharupetia town, left for Tezpur on Wednesday. Jyoti who had started her mission in 2017 and covered 10,000 kilometres, had a setback when she met with an accident and had to undergo treatment. But this unfortunate incident couldn�t deter this brave and highly confident, determined girl from her effort to complete her goal and she resumed her mission. Jyoti has already added another 7,000 km to her earlier distance of coverage, travelling through as many as 17 States of India.
Talking to the media at Kharupetia, Jyoti said that this unsupported cycling mission is aimed at proving that the Indian streets are safe for women to travel and hospitality of the guests is a part of the rich Indian culture. �My journey is unsupported and cashless. I have never availed any hotel or official guest houses. I took night shelter in the house of some of my well-wishers and if sometime I failed to avail this, I took shelter in a temple or in a gurudwara. Through my journey, even though the main target is to enter the Guinness Book of Records, I have tried to spread the message that Indian streets are safe and Indian people are very rich in hospitality�.
Jyoti is used to cycling 300 to 400 km per day. Earlier in Kharupetia this promising, energetic girl was accorded a rousing welcome by several local public organisations including the Marowari Yuva Mancha and Kharupetia Press Club among others.