Director Tourism flags off B3 MTB Challenge Bike Rally

Director Tourism OP Bhagat flagging off B3 MTB Challenge Bike Rally from Basohli in Kathua.
Director Tourism OP Bhagat flagging off B3 MTB Challenge Bike Rally from Basohli in Kathua.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
BASOHLI, June 22: In a unique initiative, the Directorate of Tourism organised a 2-day Mountain Terrain Bike Rally namely B3 MTB Challenge 2019 (Basohli Bani Bhaderwah Mountain Bike Rally) in collaboration with the JK Cycling Association and the Cycling Federation of India.
Director Tourism, Jammu, OP Bhagat flagged off the rally from the picturesque town of Basohli in Kathua.
The event is aimed at exploring the adventure potential of Basohli Bani Bhaderwah circuit.
The event involves a two day cycling expedition through the Himalayas.
The rally started from an altitude of 1500 feet and will require cycling up to 10500 feet at the Chattergala mountain pass. The route is spread across the tourist destinations of Basohli Bani Development Authority and Bhaderwah Development Authority.
The 165 km cycling expedition was flagged off from the backdrop of the Ranjeet Sagar lake at Basohli.
A total of 24 cyclists, which included 17 cyclists from Chandigarh, Delhi and Kashmir, have been selected for the expedition.
The second day of the rally will be flagged off from the Bani Hill Station and will pass through Lowang and the beautiful valley of Sarthal, Chattergala mountain pass and will then enter Bhaderwah valley, finally culminating at the Teligarh Tourist Resort.
Prominent among others present at the flag off ceremony were Tilak Raj, ADC, Basohli, Parul Bhardwaj, SDPO, Basohli and Shammi Sapolia, Chairman, Municipal Committee Basohli.
Also present were SS Gill, Om Parkash, Ravi Salgotra, Tajinder Singh, Vikesh Sharma and Gurpreet Singh from the JK Cycling Association.
The event was organised under the overall supervision of Dr Rajesh Raina, Tourist Officer, Kathua.