Srinagar: A mountain biking expedition around Wullar Lake from picturesque Mansabal lake to Watlab Sopore was organized on Sunday in which around 20 riders from different parts of Srinagar participated covering 65 kilometers.
Kashmir Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association and Jammu and Kashmir Mountain Biking Association (JKMBA) in collaboration with Department of Tourism Kashmir conducted the event to promote adventure sports besides bringing Watlab Sopore on tourism map. The event was also supported by Dhamna Adventure Holidays Unlimited, Hero Cycles local dealership Haji Amir Joo and Sons.
The riders were flagged off at Manasbal Lake by Deputy Director Tourism (Recreation) Ghulam Zargar Jeelani in presence of President Association of Tour Operators of Kashmir (ATOAK) Rauf Tramboo.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the department is promoting adventure tourism vigorously.
He said adventure tourism has vast potential in the state especially in Kashmir.
“We have huge potential in adventure tourism. We want to promote it by helping local youth learn about adventure activities. We have been training local youth in basic mountain climbing by organizing short training camps at artificial rock climbing wall TRC Nowgam,” said Director Tourism Kashmir.
At the flag-off ceremony, Deputy Director Tourism Ghulam Zargar Jeelani said adventure activities are important part of life which should be promoted. He said the department would support activities which would promote adventure tourism.
He said the cycling expedition around Wullar Lake created awareness among rider and the locals about the importance of the lake.
Young rider Rafiq Ahmad of Chattabal, Srinagar was declared as ‘disciplined rider of the year’ and was awarded with UT mountain bike sponsored by Haji Amir Joo and Sons.