It will cover a distance of 370 km over a span of 10 days and will culminate at Fort William, Kolkata

A joint cycling expedition from Jashore to Kolkata has been organised by the Indian and Bangladeshi Armies to commemorate Swarnim Vijay Varsh.

Swarnim Vijay Varsh is being marked this year on completion of the Golden Jubilee of the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971 and to pay tribute to the valour and courage of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during the war leading to the historic victory and creation of a new nation 'Bangladesh'.

The team comprising 20 cyclists each from the Indian and Bangladeshi Armies was flagged off by Major General Mohd Nurul Anwar, GOC 55 Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army on Monday from Jashore, said a statement by the Ministry of Defence.

The expedition will cover a distance of 370 km over a span of 10 days via Jashore, Jhenaidah, Kushtia, Meherpur, Darshana, Chuadanga in Bangladesh and Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Kalyani, Barrackpore, Kolkata in India.

The expedition will culminate at Fort William, Kolkata on November 24.

During the journey the team will interact with Veterans and Veer Naris in India and will also connect with Mukti Jodhas in Bangladesh.

The joint expedition will create awareness about contribution of armed forces in the Liberation of Bangladesh.

The expedition will further connect with youth and motivate them to join armed forces.

This entire year is being celebrated as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ to commemorate the golden jubilee of the 1971 India-Pakistan war.

Various commemorative events are being held throughout the country as part of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations.