A three-day Great Buddhist Trail cycling rally concluded in Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha – on February 28.
The rally began on the Swoyambhunath Stupa premises on February 26. Altogether 70 cyclists participated in the rally that was organized by National Tourism Foundation (NTF) and Adventure Sports Nepal with the objective of promoting adventure tourism and linking two Budhist heritage sites of the country – Swoyambhunath Stupa and Lumbini.
“As the event tagline – From Swoyambhu to Sakyamuni – suggests, the main objective of this event is to connect two ancient civilizations of Nepal – Swoyambhu civilization of the Kathmandu Valley – and Sakya civilization of Lumbini-Kapilvastu region,” said NTF Vice President Bikram Pandey who conceived the event.
The rally, which began from Swoyambhunath Stupa premises, climbed the Chandragiri Hill and descended to Tistung and Kulekhani before reaching Bhimphedi on the first day. On the second day, cyclists made a short visit to the Chepang settlements in Raksirang before joining the East-West Highway until Kawasoti. And on the third day, they reached Lumbini via Bhairahawa.
Encouraged by the overwhelming participation of cyclists in the first edition itself, the organizers have already unveiled plan to organized the second edition of the event in the last week of February.
The event was promoted by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), while Nepal Chamber of Commerce, Chandragiri Hills Pvt Ltd and number of other organizations supported it.