Four Hyderabad women bikers embark on a cross-border road trip.

Four Hyderabad women bikers embark on a cross-border road trip.

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Four women, Jai Bharathi, Shilpa Balakrishnan, A.S.D. Shanthi and Piya Bahadur, have set out on a biking expedition to cover India’s neighbouring South East Asian nations by road through the newly-laid India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway.
From Hyderabad, the women perched on their roaring machines and came to Gollapudi on the city outskirts in the afternoon and arrived to a rousing welcome by the Tourism department officials at Prakasam Barrage via Sitara Centre, Chittinagar, Panja Centre and Kaleswararao Market in the One Town area.
‘Road to Mekong’
As part of what they call ‘Road to Mekong’ programme, the foursome will ride 16,992 km across India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh to promote tourism in India and showcase the rich culture and tradition of ‘Incredible India’, sharing historical and cultural roots with the extended Indian Sub-Continent.
At the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Boating point near Prakasam Barrage, the women were received by Tourism officials S.V. Lakshman Murthy and R. Mallikarjun who presented bouquets to them and felicitated them with shawls. They also explained to them the tourist attractions across Andhra Pradesh.
The women bikers plan to visit 19 UNESCO world heritage sites in five nations and promote exchange tourism to the 35 UNESCO sites in India. “The expedition is also meant to highlight safe tourism opportunities for women travellers in India and publicise road trips as a viable option for tourism over incredible India’s 1,15,000 km of road network,” they said. Ms. Bharathi is the road captain, Ms. Balakrishnan ‘road marshall’, Ms. Shanthi is self-defence and safety expert and Ms. Piya Bahadur of journey documentation.

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