By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 1: Jaibharathi Addepalli from Hyderabad, who led a four-member team of women bikers on a tourism promotion expedition to the ASEAN region, has highlighted new tourism avenues for women travelers, especially road trips, both in India and the ASEAN region. The team arrived in Guwahati on Saturday.
The team, supported by the Union Ministry of Tourism, has travelled 16,992 kilometres, covering countries in South Asia and the ASEAN region, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietm to promote tourism in India and to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the country.
Having completed 50 days of their travel, the women team was greeted by Shoeb Samad, the Regiol Director of India Tourism, Northeast.
The expedition was flagged off on February 11 from Paryatan Bhawan, Hyderabad and the bikers have covered 19 UNESCO world heritage sites during the journey in the ASEAN countries.
Telanga, Andhra Pradesh, Odissa, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, galand, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Harya, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been covered by the team during the expedition.
Road trip as a viable option for tourism in India, Myanmar and Thailand has been publicized during the trip. The production crew accompanying the team has documented the tourist destitions of the States they travelled and also through photography and videos. These images and films will also be contributed for the Incredible India campaign of the Union Ministry of Tourism.
The team was accorded a warm welcome at Moreh in Manipur, Dimapur, Jorhat, Majuli and Guwahati, both by the government and respective tour operators’ associations.
The initiative is also supported by the Assam State Tourism and North-East India Tour Operators’ Association.
From Guwahati, the team will ride through six other States of India, concluding in Hyderabad by April 8.