Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 30: Adventure enthusiasts today hit world renowned heritage trail Pancheri to Patnitop during a trekking expedition, organised by Patnitop Development Authority.
The expedition was flagged off from the famous tourist village of Pancheri in District Udhampur by Hirdesh Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer J&K yesterday with an aim to promote voter literacy and generating voter awareness under the flagship program called ‘Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)’ which was culminated today.
Students and staff members from various educational institutions of Jammu division including Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, GDC Udhampur and GCW Udhampur participated in the expedition and appreciated the opportunity to explore the heritage and adventure.
Nagendra Singh Jamwal, Registrar SMVDU and Dr Umesh Shan, Assistant Director Tourism NHW Batote were also part of the trek, which was led by Hirdesh Kumar.
During the two day thrilling trek, participants belonging to various parts of the country were led to sites that highlight the culture and heritage of Jammu division such as ancient Sankari Devta Temple, beautiful and sacred Bowlis, seasonal residential Dhoks of nomadic population and ethnic food while blending adventure and tourism with it.
“Like they say the journey matters more than the destination. This trek of nearly 22 kilometres on mountain meadows above 8000 feet amidst views of lofty Himalayan peaks of Kishtwar and forests of pines, deodar and oaks, add to the excitement. It makes sure that it is worth participating,” said Sher Singh, CEO Patnitop Development Authority.
He asserts promoting the trail, which is already of world repute, will prove a boon to the region’s tourism industry. At the end of the trekking camp, a felicitation program was also organised.