Samrat Moulik, the solo cyclist from Bengal is going on a solo cycling expedition from Siachen of Ladakh to the extreme end of Sri Lanka at "Dondra Point" covering almost 5500kms, for the noble cause of spreading awareness about rivers. His last expedition was concentrated around Ganges.
When asked about the reason behind his this expedition, Samrat told us, "In my last expedition I was concerned about Ganges and Padma river, so I covered 3000km almost along the banks of these two rivers. My aim was to know the reason behind the bad condition of these rivers. I had thousands of questions in my mind, after the expedition some answers were found and some remained the same. So I have decided from now onwards all my expeditions will mainly focus around rivers".
This year from 1st September his solo cycling expedition will start from Siachen Base Camp in Ladakh. From there his route map is, Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh. In Madhya Pradesh from the origin of Tapti river he will cycle almost 700km up to Gulf of Khambhat. There after Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Bangalore and finally will reach Kanyakumari in Kerala. He will cover almost 5000km in India. From Thiruvananthapuram he will take a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Then after reaching "Point Pedro" via train from Colombo, he will again start his cycling expedition and will reach "Dondra Point" after covering almost 500km. This whole journey of 5500km will take almost 90 days.
"My objective will be to collect information about each and every river that will come across my way, their current situation, reasons behind that, it's effect on human lives, their cultures and their effect on environment etc. After coming back I want to pen down all my experiences and will let the future generation know about the glory of the Indian rivers," said Samrat.