Three-day cycling event begins in Kashmir – The Kashmir News

SRINAGAR// Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday flagged off the Kashmir Cyclothon, which will cover eight locations in the Valley over three days.
About 60 cyclists from India and Nepal are participating in the Cyclothon, which was flagged off from the Royal Springs Golf Club.
Chief Secretary Arun Kumaramhata told reporters, “Cyclothon aims to help people explore Kashmir in a better way. They will also carry the message of ‘Nisha Mukt Abhiyan’ (Drug Free Campaign)”.
He said that 60 cyclists – who are above 60 years of age – from across the country and even Nepal are participating in the programme.
“It is a very good activity,” he said. Cyclists came from all over the country and even Nepal. It is good to see people above 60 (years) participating in this event”.
Mehta added that the participants will cover a distance of 300 kilometers in three days.
Tourism Department Secretary Sarmad Hafeez said that Kashmir is one of the best places for cycling and mountain biking.
He said, “We also have beautiful tourist spots, which have not been explored before.” We have identified many new places so that tourists can reach there and people can benefit”.
Hafeez said that the cyclists will travel through Verenag, Kokarnag, Daxam, Visaknag, Dabjan, Aharbal, Shikargah and Srinagar for the programme.
Cyclists termed the event as an opportunity to explore Kashmir.