Cycling through the Border to Promote Friendship

The second edition of Joint Indo-Bangladesh Armies Cycling Expedition-2018 has been flagged off from Jessore, Bangladesh on the morning of 12 March. The expedition will cover a distance of over 1200 kms across Bangladesh and India and will transit through Kolkata, Burdwan, Berhampore, Malda, Raiganj, Silliguri, Jalpaiguri, Binnaguri, Cooch Behar, Burimari and Lalmonirhat before being flagged in on 26 Mar at Rangpur, Bangladesh.

The members will also interact with war veterans and Mukti Bahini members enroute the cycling expedition. The 47 member expedition team is comprised of 20 officers, four Junior Commissioned Officers/Warrant Officers and 23 soldiers from both the armies.

The genesis of this cycling expedition dates back to the Sixth Annual Army-to-Army Staff Talks (AAST) of the two countries in 2016 wherein it was decided to promote bilateral friendship through joint adventure activities.

The objective of this expedition is to foster a closer cooperation and brotherhood between both the armies. Moreover the team members will be exposed to healthy outdoor activities, adventure skills and will be visiting historical places of 1971 Indo- Pak War during the course of the journey, which will inculcate camaraderie and team spirit on a challenging venture.

This year’s expedition is being organised from 12 to 26 Mar with the theme “GLORIOUS WAR OF LIBERATION – 1971”.