Chandigarh, February 2: The 26th National Adventure Festival will be organized by the National Adventure Club (I) from February 2 to 10, this year, including a team of five participants from Bangladesh. Around 300 participants (both boys and girls) across the country, in the age group of 17-35 years, will be participating in the festival.
While giving information here today, Joint Secretary of Adventure Club Mr. Rakesh Kumar said that during the festival, the participants will take part in trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, para-sailing, river-rafting, kayaking, snow-skiing, rifle-shooting, archery, commando obstacle, river-crossing, etc. The participants will also participate in adventure sports activities. The festival is being sponsored by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
He said that the National Adventure Club (I) has given two prestigious awards, ‘Bharat Gaurav’ and ‘Adamaya Sahas Puruskar’ to outstanding sportspersons for their exemplary achievements in the field of adventure sports at national and international level. Mr. Kumar said that entries have been invited for these awards from adventure sportspersons who have been rewarded at the national and international-level in mountaineering, trekking, rock-climbing, water-sports, aqua-sports, aero-sports or any other adventure activity. Interested individuals can apply for these awards by sending their complete bio-data and documentary proof of their achievements since 1995. Under these awards, cash prizes of Rs 51,000 and Rs 31,000 respectively, and a citation and a plaque will be given. The awards will be given on the concluding day of the festival.
Mr. Kumar informed that during the National Adventure Festival, all the participants will be divided into five different groups and they will be assigned to various adventure sports activities like trekking, rock climbing, archery, and rifle shooting and river rafting in Koti-Kufri (Himachal Pradesh) and Dak Pathar (Uttarakhand), Narkanda (Himachal Pradesh) for snow skiing and Solang Nala (Himachal Pradesh) near Manali, for river rafting and canoeing at Banala-Mandi (Himachal Pradesh).
He informed that before sending the participants to their destinations, they would be taken for a conditioning trek from Mountain Quail to Karoh Peak at the highest point (1,467 metre) of the Morni mountain range of Haryana.