The Indian Army has a long standing tradition of fostering the spirit of adventure and has been a role model for undertaking various adventure activities. In keeping with the traditions, a long distance bicycle expedition "A Soldier's Pilgrimage Across Konark Corps" was organised under the aegis of Konark Corps from March 10-29, 2018.
On March 10, 2018 Commander, Konark Air Defence Brigade flagged off the cycling expedition from Jodhpur Military Station. A team of ten cyclists led by Capt E Shyam, embarked on the 2441 km long cycling expedition starting from Jodhpur through eight major battle fields of Rajasthan, i.e. Jodhpur, Nagaur, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Haldighati, Gadra City, Jaisalmer, Longewala and Tanot. The team cycled for twenty days through a variety of terrain varying from roads, jeep tracks to cross country trails, challenging their own mental and physical capabilities. The expedition passed through Jodhpur, Nagaur, Naseerabad, Tonk, Kota, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Haldighati, Sirohi, Sindhari, Jassai, Gadra City, Myajlar, Jaisalmer, Longewala, Tanot, Pokhran and Osian.
The battlefields in Rajputana bear testimony of grit, valour and sacrifice, which are spread across the length and breadth of Rajasthan. They are epitomes of inspiration for future generation, These battlefield are akin to sacred Pilgrimage sites for a soldier. Keeping this into view, the Cycling Expedition covering eight major battlefield across Rajasthan was the concept behind the theme of 'A Soldier's Pilgrimage Across Konark Corps'. Also, the cycling team's mission was to foster the spirit of adventure, physical endurance, mental robustness and camaraderie amongst the team members and also to reach out to the local population including school children and ex-servicemen to spread the message of peace, nature conservation, solidarity and national integration. En-route the team met a large numbers of veterans and the local population.