From Haridwar , ( Uttarakhand )Â to Varanasi ( Uttar Pradesh ) India
From : 25Â Â Feb. 13Â toÂ 15 Mar. 13
Duration : 19 days
DistanceÂ covered : 900 KM (Approx.)
Total participants : 7 Nos.
With a view toÂ commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Institute organized the National Kayaking Expedition â€“ 2013Â from HaridwarÂ (Uttarakhand ) to Varanasi ( Uttar Pradesh). This expedition , along the course of the river Ganga, was christened as â€˜VIVEK YATRAâ€™Â andÂ financially supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government ofÂ India.
The objectivesÂ ofÂ this expedition were : –
(a)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â To promulgate brotherhood & cordial relation with the States covered.
(b)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â To popularizeÂ adventureÂ & water sports amongst theÂ youthÂ in particular .
(c)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â To increaseÂ awareness to save and keep the River Ganga clean.
The expedition team reached HaridwarÂ to commence the expedition by train.Â They left the Institute premises on 25 February, 2013Â Â by 1.00 pm to reach Howrah Station to be boarded in Kumb Express.Â Prior to leaving the Institute premises, the team had also met Sri ManojÂ Kumar Agarwal , Secretary, Dept. ofÂ Sports & Youth Services,Â Government ofÂ West Bengal at his office . He wished the team members a Â grand success.Â The kayaksÂ meantÂ for the expeditionÂ Â and a rescue boatÂ (Rubber boat with O.B.M.) had been dispatched by truck to Haridwar well in advance.
The team comprisingÂ 7 youngÂ boysÂ reachedÂ Haridwar onÂ 27 February, 2013 . During the period from 28 FebruaryÂ to 1 March, 2013 .Â the team membersÂ wereÂ very much busy aiming at to perform certain vital work.Â The young boys selected the expedition commencement spot, examinedÂ the conditionÂ of the kayaks and paddles,Â made the rescue boat ready in all respect.Â Finally,Â endeavoured to do the preparationÂ for the Flag offÂ Â inÂ respect of the expedition.
On 2nd March, 2013, theÂ Â expedition was Flagged offÂ Â byÂ Shri Harish Ravat,Â Â Honâ€™bleÂ Union Minister for Water Resources at Chandighat inÂ Haridwar, one of theÂ greatly renowned sacredÂ places inÂ India.Â The Town PresidentÂ and many other distinguishedÂ Â persons were present to grace theÂ Flag off functionÂ Â A lot of people had also gathered there toÂ watchÂ theÂ Â adventurousÂ event. . ReportersÂ andÂ Â photographersÂ ofÂ localÂ leading newspapers and T.V. ChannelsÂ Â were also there to cover the event.Â A very colourful and enthusiasticÂ environment prevailedÂ there,Â Â when theÂ Â sevenÂ young boys started paddlingÂ their kayaks , uttering â€˜Ganga Maa Ki Jai â€˜, upon the â€˜ Flag off â€˜Â ofÂ the expedition; along theÂ course ofÂ the river Ganga.
AtÂ theÂ Â initialÂ stageÂ ofÂ the expedition,Â the team had to face obstacles.Â Â Â OnÂ 3Â FebruaryÂ andÂ . 4 February, 2013,Â Â several rapidsÂ Â were thereÂ alongÂ their way.Â Â Â TheyÂ were also under heavy boulderÂ zone. TheÂ bottomÂ ofÂ rescue boatÂ with O.B.M. got damaged severely. It was almostÂ torn into two parts. A few kayaks also suffered damage. In someÂ joints, pasting got loosened.Â Â Â However, by dint of skill and ready wit, the young boys overcame the obstacles. They arranged local repair work in respect of the rescue boat and kayaks.Â They afforded night halts atÂ Â places adjacent to villages . They faced animal hazards. However, while kayaking, the young boys enjoyed very much the picturesqueÂ view presented by the river banks.
Covering the places like Bijnaur, Ramghat, Raipur, Fategarh,Â Kannuj, Kanpur and Mustafabad along the course of the river Ganga,Â the team reachedÂ Allahabad, where there is the confluence ofÂ the rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and mythicalÂ Saraswati.Â The teamÂ received a warm receptionÂ from theÂ Â National Disaster Response Force BattalionÂ (NDRF 9Bn.).Â A few of the NDRF personnel had received Disaster Management training earlier at the Institute. They were known to theÂ expedition team members.Â Â A very happy moment emerged at thatÂ time.
Leaving Allahabad , the expedition team Â Â reached MirzapurÂ before the sun set.Â The young boys went toÂ a temple, where the deityÂ wasÂ Lord Shiva. .They offered â€˜Pujaâ€™ at the temple.Â They had night halt at Mirzapur,Â erecting tent. They slept in turn for the sake ofÂ their own safety. as they did earlier.Â Â Â The teamÂ reached their ultimate destination BenarasÂ via Chunar. TheÂ ancient Chunar Fort had delighted them very much.. Its shadow fallingÂ on theÂ river waterÂ Â alsoÂ gave them stupendousÂ happiness.Â Â TheÂ expedition had beenÂ â€˜Flaggedâ€™ in at VaranasiÂ Â byÂ the Dept. ofÂ Â Police.Â on 13 March, 2013.Â They were applauded by the responsible Police Officers.Â TheÂ successfulÂ team returned to the Institute on 15 March, 2013.